Wildlife and Nature Photographer Les Golding has a specialist interest in the natural world where his particular interest lies in ornithology.

Les retired from commercial photography after over 40 years in the business in 2015, where he worked within the Museums and Art Gallery sector with Tyne and Wear Museums and Art Galleries and then between 2011-2015 ran his own business.

pair of mute swans sitting on the nest
Mute Swans on the nest


All images on this site are the sole copyright of Les Golding Photography and are available for reproduction.

To discuss rights and fees please contact Les for a quotation.

Les Golding is more than happy for schools, colleges and universities to use photographs free of charge for academic and research purposes. Please contact me to discuss your requirements and describe how you will be using the images.


My work is also available through the Shutterstock Agency


Winter plumage great crested grebe in closeup on water. very bright red eyes
Female Great Crested Grebe

Female Mute Swan turning eggs in the nest
Female Mute Swan turning eggs in the nest (week 4)

Female Mute Swan and 7 chicks on the nest. Female is spreading her open wings with light from behind.
Female Mute Swan with chicks on the nest

Female Mute Swan and chicks sitting on the nest. In the background the male (Cob) swan can be seen chasing off a Great Crested Grebe that had got itself too close to the nest.
Female Mute Swan and chicks sitting on the nest. In the background the male (Cob) swan can be seen chasing off a Great Crested Grebe that had got itself too close to the nest.

Female Mallard sunbathing with chicks on sand at waters edge
Female Mallard sunbathing with chicks

Summer plumage great crested grebe in closeup on water.
Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe viewed from behind eating a fish
Great Crested Grebe with Fish

Great Crested Grebe viewed from the front eating a fish
Great Crested Grebe with Fish

Great Crested Grebe with a fish in it's beak
Great Crested Grebe with Fish

adult Coot with 3 chicks in the nest
Coot on the nest with chicks

parent and 3 Coot chicks on the nest
Coot on the nest with chicks
5 Coot chicks surrounded by reeds and water standing on the nest
5 Coot chicks standing on the nest

great crested grebe sitting on the nest safely surrounded by water and branches.
Great Crested Grebe sitting on the nest safely surrounded by water and branches.

Female Mallard swimming with 10 chicks
Female Mallard swimming with chicks

A single Mallard chick swimming and eating flies
Mallard chick swimming and eating flies

Adult Buzzard in flight
Common Buzzard

robin up in the branches of a tree in sunshine
Robin

Closeup view of a Moorhen out of water with red and yellow beak black body and yellow legs
Moorhen

beautiful head and shoulder portrait of a wood pigeon
Wood Pigeon

Adult Sparrow sitting on a branch with an insect in it's beak
Adult Sparrow sitting on a branch with an insect in its beak

A Chaffinch with viral papilloma of the feet.
Chaffinch with viral papilloma

Very closeup view of a grey eating a nut.
Grey Squirrel

Head shot of a male Mallard with vivid green feathers and yellow beak
Male Mallard

Closeup view of a Tufted Duck with pale blue beak, dark green head feathers black and white body.
Male Tufted Duck

Bull rushes in late afternoon sunlight
Bull Rush

A Cormorant swimming with most of it's body submerged. Bright green eyes and yellow spot beneath the beak
Cormorant

A Weazel coming out of it's den between moss covered rocks
Weasel

A Male Mallard duck standing upright on water while flapping it's wings during grooming.
Male Mallard

Green Aphids climbing on the stem of a rose bush.
Aphids on Rose Bush

A Treecreeper climbing and looking for food on moss covered tree trunck.
Tree Creeper

A Treecreeper walking upside down along the under side of a branch.
Tree Creeper

Late after noon sunshine at Bradgate Park with Priory in the background and with a group of twelve deer in foreground.
Bradgate Priory with Deer

A Moorhen walking on ice covered water.
Moorhen walking on Ice

A pair of Cormorants resting on a jetty out on a reservoir.
Male and Female Cormorant

A Cormorant resting on a branch above the water of Thornton Reservoir, England
Cormorant

A solitary fisherman in a boat in early morning golden light
Fishing on Thornton Reservoir

A Nuthatch bird in close up - blue back orange underside.
Nuthatch

A long line of male and female Tufted Duck on the water.
Male and female tufted duck

rA pack of Roe Deer at Bradgate Park bask in late afternoon sunlight.
Roe Deer

Majestic Mute Swan glides effortlessly over the water.
Mute Swan

Dead tree trunk lying on the ground in Bradgate park rich in textures
Bradgate Park Dead Tree in Autumn Sunshine

A Goldcrest resting on the branches of a pine tree
Goldcrest

A Grey squirrel feeding on the ground in autumnal sunlight
Grey Squirrel

A Tufted Duck closeup on the water with beads of water on it's head and body
Tufted Duck

A Comma butterfly (vivid orange with dark patches) at rest on a yellow shrub.
Comma Butterfly

A Pied Wagtail stood on the jetty of a reservoir.
Pied Wagtail

A pair Red Deer at Calke Abbey displaying their atlers
Red Deer at Calke Abbey

Mute Swan gliding majestically through the mirror like water.
Mute Swan

A Kingfisher perched on a branch over water.
Kingfisher

A Head shot of a male Mallard with beautiful vivid green feathers and yellow beak.
Male Mallard

A deer at Bradgate Park turns to look at the photographer.
Stag Deer in Bradgate Park

A closeup photograph of a Robin looking directly down the camera lens.
Robin

A Grey Herron standing very high up in the brach of a tree
Grey Heron high in a tree

A view through conifer trees in a forest
Forest Interior

A Dunnock sitting on the branch of a bramble bush.
Dunnock

A Roe Deer running at speed in Bradgate Park
Roe Deer Running

Another Mute Swan gliding on mirror like water.
Mute Swan

A pair of male and female Mallard sitting on a mound surrounded by water and reeds.
Male and Female Mallard

2 Fishermen in a boat on Thornton Reservoir
Fishing on Thornton Reservoir

A Female Mallard head only photograph with lovely mottled beak.
Female Mallard

A Mute Swan head only portrait with orange beak and black around
Mute Swan

A Fallow deer at Bradgate Park with very impressive antlers
Stag Deer in Bradgate Park

A Mute Swan swimming down river under large fallen tree
Mute Swan

A Canada Goose in flight
Canada Goose in flight

A male Mallard duck with snow on beak in winter
Male Mallard with snow on beak

A Robin standing on a moss covered tree stump
Robin

Young Fallow Deer running quickly with giant tree trunk behind
Young Fallow Deer Running

A majestic female Mallard stands on  a rock in the middle of fast flowing stream
Female Mallard

wA closeup view of a Widgeon on the water.
Widgeon

Closeup view of a hybrid male Mallard
Hybrid Male Mallard

A group of Fallow deer on bracken covered hillside in Bradgate Park.
Fallow Deer on bracken covered hillside







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