A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending four and a bit days at the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park in Helmsley, Yorkshire.
I go to a number of game fairs and falconry fairs throughout each year, sometimes for work and sometimes for personal pleasure, but this one was a little something extra. As well as being ICBP Duncombe’s first Raptor Fair, which looks set to become a great annual event, I was to photograph some of their display birds.
Of course, I photographed the birds during the displays themselves, as I often do at such events, darting about the arena and hopping from post to post, but I wanted to give them something a bit special.
My reply to the question posed in the title of this post is usually something along the lines of, “It depends. What type of baby?”
Then the conversation tends to go one of three ways.
The first two answers are the obvious ones. I either hear “a little boy” or, not surprisingly, “a little girl”.
The third answer is my favourite, and the one I seem to hear most often; “It’s a baby [insert random non-human species here].”
It’s not that I have anything against kids, you understand, but if you want the absolute best photographs of your new children, go find somebody who’s good at photographing babies and LOVES doing it.
The images will be worth it!
When it comes to animals, however, it’s a whole different story.