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.

Roe Deer lying in long grass in golden sunlight
Fallow Deer sheltering from the sun in long grass

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

Fingfisher sitting on a post over water

wood duck sitting on a wall of Thornton Reservoir. The Wood Duck is thought to be an escapee from a wildfowl park as they are native birds of the Carolina's of America.
Wood Duck and female Mallard

common frog peering from the watwe with frogsporn in shot.
Common Frog

Young Fallow Deer peering through bushes
Young Fallow Deer

woodpecker on a tree feeding on insects
Great Spotted Woodpecker

domestic goose splashing about in water
Domesticated Goose

domestic goose splashing about in water
Domesticated Goose

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

Fallow Deer head and shoulder portrait
Fallow Deer

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.

First year Mute Swan cygnet
First year Mute Swan cygnet from the brood of above

Female tufted duck with chicks surrounded by lush green reeds and water
Female Tufted Duck with chicks

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

Water Reeds in pond with green algae  on water
Water Reeds in pond with green algae

Mute Swan cygnet waddling lying on the shore
Mute Swan cygnet

a small group of Mute Swan cygnets at rest on the shore
A small group of Mute Swan cygnets

Mute Swan cygnet waddling along the shore
Mute Swan cygnet

Thornton Reservoir Panoramic view
Thornton Reservoir Panoramic View

little egret sitting on an old car tyre
Little Egret

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Domesticated Goose and Lionhead or African Goose
Domesticated Goose and Lion-head or African Goose

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

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

Damsel Fly (blue) sitting on a branch
Damsel Fly

Marsh Tit sitting on a tree branch
Marsh Tit

Unusually coloured Mallard duck
Unusually coloured Mallard duck

Grey Heron in flight
Grey Heron

Grey Squirrel brush or tail
Grey Squirrel tail

Moorhens on algae coated water
Moorhens on algae coated water

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

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

Adult Buzzard in flight
Common Buzzard

robin up in the branches of a tree in sunshine

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

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

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

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

1st year Mallard chick in head and shoulder closeup
1st year Mallard chick

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

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

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

goldcrest sitting on conifer branch

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

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

kingfisher sitting on a branch in dense undergrowth

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

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

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.

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

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

A Robin standing on a moss covered tree stump

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.

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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