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    Axbridge, Somerset
    Canon EOS50D
    Lenses & accessories:
    Sigma 10-20 f4.5-5.6
    Canon 24-105 f4 L IS
    Canon MP-E65 f2.8 1-5x
    Sigma 180 f3.5 DG HSM
    Canon 300 f4 L IS
    Sigma 1.4 and 2 x extenders
    Other Kit:
    Manfrotto 055 ProB tripod
    Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared head
    Novoflex Castel-Q focus rail
    Lastolite Reflectors
    Wimberley plamps
    Lowepro Vertex 200 backpack

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    My name is Heath McDonald and I am an amateur wildlife photographer that specialises in Macro photography and I concentrate most of my hobby on capturing images of the flora and fauna that can be found at a small number of localised sites on the Mendip Hills. Although from time to time I practice on subjects found in my back garden and locally around Axbridge in Somerset.

    Interest in wildlife began during my childhood. I grew up in Formby on Merseyside, a town made famous in wildlife circles due to the Red Squirrel Reserve. My attachment in the West Country came about initially through family holidays which included visits to Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip hills.

    In my early twenties I moved to the West Country and I now live in Axbridge, Somerset with my wife and daughter, which is a beautiful town nestled against the Mendip hills, whose history can be traced back nearly 1000 years. Not a complete accident that I have settled close to where I used to holiday as a child.

    I am amazed at the detail and complexity of such small plants and animals that are just not that obvious with the naked eye alone, however, I do from time to time, try my hand at other aspects and styles of photography. In the past year I have joined the Burnham on Sea Camera club. I am also a member of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

    I strive to improve my skills as a photographer, promoting my images through flickr and my website, not just as a showcase for the images but also as a record to highlight the broad colour and diversity of the wildlife that can be found across the Mendip hills.

    I now concentrate on Macro photography, continuously looking to improve the techniques. I have been promoting my images through my website Mendip Wildlife Photography which is based purely on the flora and fauna of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.