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Nick Upton shot his first video clips for his PhD research before working for more than 20 years with many top cinematographers to make wildlife TV programmes. He was Series Researcher on Sir David Attenborough's Trials of Life Series at the BBC, then produced and directed many award winning films through independent companies for the BBC and major broadcasters worldwide. He began shooting again more regularly while working for the RSPB Film Unit. He now shoots video footage using DSLR cameras, usually linked to a microphone and high grade video recorder, principally covering a wide range of bird, macro and mammalian subjects. He also uses infra red sensitive equipment to capture the behaviour of nocturnal wildlife.
Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, flapping her wings and preening after bathing, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, flapping her wings and preening after bathing, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.
Common frog (Rana temporaria) tadpoles grazing algae from aquatic plants in a freshwater pond, Wiltshire, England, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common frog (Rana temporaria) tadpoles grazing algae from aquatic plants in a freshwater pond, Wiltshire, England, UK, May.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup resting on a sandy beach, stretching and rubbing its head with its flipper, Norfolk, England, UK, January.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup resting on a sandy beach, stretching and rubbing its head with its flipper, Norfolk, England, UK, January.
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)  bathing and preening, slow motion clip, Gloucestershire, England, UK, January.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) bathing and preening, slow motion clip, Gloucestershire, England, UK, January.
Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Bart', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, walking and drinking from a shallow lake, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Bart', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, walking and drinking from a shallow lake, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.
Two Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) chicks aged two days swimming with their parents 'Chris' and 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) chicks aged two days swimming with their parents 'Chris' and 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2...
Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, chasing a Little egret (Egretta garzetta) that was too close to her nest, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, En...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, chasing a Little egret (Egretta garzetta) that was too close to her nest, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, En...
Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, preening after bathing, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, preening after bathing, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.
Pair of Common/Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) 'Monty' and 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, feeding their chicks, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of Common/Eurasian cranes (Grus grus) 'Monty' and 'Chris', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, feeding their chicks, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.
Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, chasing a Little egret (Egretta garzetta) that was too close to his nest, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, Engl...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, chasing a Little egret (Egretta garzetta) that was too close to his nest, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, Engl...
Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, foraging and feeding a chick, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Male Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) 'Monty', released by the Great Crane project in 2010, foraging and feeding a chick, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May 2014.
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) foraging in a shallow lake, sweeping its bill through the water to filter feed, passing a pair of Gadwall (Anas strepera), and then preening and bathing, Gloucestershir...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) foraging in a shallow lake, sweeping its bill through the water to filter feed, passing a pair of Gadwall (Anas strepera), and then preening and bathing, Gloucestershir...
Two pairs of Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) foraging close to one another in a shallow lake, showing some territorial interaction, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two pairs of Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) foraging close to one another in a shallow lake, showing some territorial interaction, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.
Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) pulling up an Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) from a lawn, near Bude, Cornwall, England, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) pulling up an Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) from a lawn, near Bude, Cornwall, England, UK, June.
Pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) displaying and calling, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) displaying and calling, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, March.
Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) preening and stretching wings, released by the Great Crane Project,  Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female Common/Eurasian crane (Grus grus) preening and stretching wings, released by the Great Crane Project, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.
Female Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) laying eggs under a Yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea) leaf as the male clasps her behind the head, before they fly in tandem and reposition a couple...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Female Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) laying eggs under a Yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea) leaf as the male clasps her behind the head, before they fly in tandem and reposition a couple...
Little egret (Egretta garzetta) hunting, stirring up fish with its feet, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Little egret (Egretta garzetta) hunting, stirring up fish with its feet, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.
Great crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus) courting on the surface of a lake, calling quietly and head shaking in unison, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Great crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus) courting on the surface of a lake, calling quietly and head shaking in unison, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, March.
Greylag goose (Anser anser) chick sitting amongst some flowering Daisies (Bellis perennis) before standing and leaving the frame, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Greylag goose (Anser anser) chick sitting amongst some flowering Daisies (Bellis perennis) before standing and leaving the frame, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.
Coot (Fulica atra) chasing a Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) standing on the shore of a shallow lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, February.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Coot (Fulica atra) chasing a Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) standing on the shore of a shallow lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, February.
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) repeatedly feeding invertebrates to one of two young chicks perched on old plant stems fringing a pond, near Bude, Cornwall, England, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) repeatedly feeding invertebrates to one of two young chicks perched on old plant stems fringing a pond, near Bude, Cornwall, England, UK, June.
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) foraging among Juncus rushes around the margin of a pond, Devon, England, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) foraging among Juncus rushes around the margin of a pond, Devon, England, UK, June.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) pulling up an Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris), Gloucestershire, England, UK, February.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) pulling up an Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris), Gloucestershire, England, UK, February.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) probing for invertebrates in a lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) probing for invertebrates in a lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) probing for invertebrates in a lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) probing for invertebrates in a lake, Gloucestershire, England, UK, May.
Pair of Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) mating on a small island, with a resting Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) in the background, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Pair of Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) mating on a small island, with a resting Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) in the background, Gloucestershire, England, UK, March.
Two Polled Wiltshire horn sheep (Wiltipoll breed) ewes butting one another, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, April.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Polled Wiltshire horn sheep (Wiltipoll breed) ewes butting one another, Corsham Court, Wiltshire, England, UK, April.
Panning shot of Mute swans (Cygnus olor) swimming and preening near the flooded Old Cornmill after the city centre was inundated by the River Severn bursting its banks, Worcester, Gloucestershire, Feb...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Panning shot of Mute swans (Cygnus olor) swimming and preening near the flooded Old Cornmill after the city centre was inundated by the River Severn bursting its banks, Worcester, Gloucestershire, Feb...
Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) feeding on grass amongst Meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris) near a pond in a large enclosure, Devon, England, UK, June. Captive.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) feeding on grass amongst Meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris) near a pond in a large enclosure, Devon, England, UK, June. Captive.
Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) nectaring on Bramble flowers (Rubus plicatus) on a woodland edge, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) nectaring on Bramble flowers (Rubus plicatus) on a woodland edge, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, England, UK, July.
Three Carrion crows (Corvus corone) foraging on a lake shore on a windy day, jumping to avoid water splashes, Rutland Water, Rutland, England, UK, November.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Three Carrion crows (Corvus corone) foraging on a lake shore on a windy day, jumping to avoid water splashes, Rutland Water, Rutland, England, UK, November.
Dark green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower and flying off, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Dark green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower and flying off, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Slow motion close up of a Dark green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower alongside a Solitary mining bee (Andrena), Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Slow motion close up of a Dark green fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower alongside a Solitary mining bee (Andrena), Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Slow motion clip of a Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) vocalising from its nest site on a cliff as another flies nearby, Cornwall, England, UK, April.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Slow motion clip of a Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) vocalising from its nest site on a cliff as another flies nearby, Cornwall, England, UK, April.
Slow motion clip of a Green-veined white butterfly (Pieris napi) landing to nectar on Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) flowers before flying off, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, Engl...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Slow motion clip of a Green-veined white butterfly (Pieris napi) landing to nectar on Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria) flowers before flying off, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, Engl...
Flock of Jackdaws (Corvus mondedula) taking off from their roost site, Gloucestershire, England, UK, December.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Flock of Jackdaws (Corvus mondedula) taking off from their roost site, Gloucestershire, England, UK, December.
Little egret (Egretta garzetta) struggling to swallow a large Pike (Esox lucius) it has just caught, Rutland Water, Rutland, England, UK, November.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Little egret (Egretta garzetta) struggling to swallow a large Pike (Esox lucius) it has just caught, Rutland Water, Rutland, England, UK, November.
Slow motion clip of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower before taking off, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Slow motion clip of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower before taking off, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Slow motion cllip of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) flower, with another trying to court with it, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Slow motion cllip of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) flower, with another trying to court with it, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Close up view of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower, with another trying to court with it, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Close up view of a Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) nectaring on a Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower, with another trying to court with it, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Mixed flock of Wigeon (Anas penelope), Coots (Fulica atra), Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and Gadwall (Anas strepera) dabbling, diving and competing aggressively by pecking one another, Rutland Water,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Mixed flock of Wigeon (Anas penelope), Coots (Fulica atra), Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and Gadwall (Anas strepera) dabbling, diving and competing aggressively by pecking one another, Rutland Water,...
Panning shot of a mixed flock of Coots (Fulica atra), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and Gadwall (Anas strepera) swimming, dabbling and diving, Rutland Water, Rutland, England,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Panning shot of a mixed flock of Coots (Fulica atra), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and Gadwall (Anas strepera) swimming, dabbling and diving, Rutland Water, Rutland, England,...
Two Montagu's crabs (Xantho hydrophilus) competing for a crevice to hide in within a rockpool, with a young Velvet swimming crab (Necora puber) moving away nearby, Cornwall, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Montagu's crabs (Xantho hydrophilus) competing for a crevice to hide in within a rockpool, with a young Velvet swimming crab (Necora puber) moving away nearby, Cornwall, England, UK, September.
Close up view of a Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) nectaring on a Bramble flower (Rubus plicatus) on a woodland edge, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, Gloucestershire, England, UK, J...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Close up view of a Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) nectaring on a Bramble flower (Rubus plicatus) on a woodland edge, Lower Woods Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, Gloucestershire, England, UK, J...
Rock goby (Gobius paganellus) stealing food from a scavenging Common prawn (Palaemon serratus) in a rockpool, Cornwall, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Rock goby (Gobius paganellus) stealing food from a scavenging Common prawn (Palaemon serratus) in a rockpool, Cornwall, England, UK, September.
Common prawns (Palaemon serratus) and a Rock goby (Gobius paganellus) feeding on a dead Montagu's crab (Xantho hydrophilus) in a rockpool, Cornwall, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common prawns (Palaemon serratus) and a Rock goby (Gobius paganellus) feeding on a dead Montagu's crab (Xantho hydrophilus) in a rockpool, Cornwall, England, UK, September.
Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) feeding in a rock pool, waving its tentacles, Cornwall, England, UK, September.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) feeding in a rock pool, waving its tentacles, Cornwall, England, UK, September.
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