My name is Mike Squires and I live in a small village to the North of Barnsley in South Yorkshire.
I renewed a long held, but lapsed, interest in photography after being given a digital slr and a couple of lenses by my employer upon my retirement at the age of 65 in 2006.
My search for things to photograph with my new gear soon led me to a local RSPB reserve in the Dearne Valley called Old Moor. I quickly fell in love with the place, and soon developed an interest in the bird life there, independent of my photographic activities. This has now developed further into an ever increasing interest in all aspects of Natural History and a passion for nature photography.
I am a member of the RSPB and also the British Naturalists Association and I enjoy taking part in the activities of the South Yorkshire Branch of that organisation.
Some of my other interests include horse trials, music (classical and jazz), theatre and holidays in the great cities of the UK and Europe. Being a Yorkshireman of course, I have a passionate love of cricket!
My aim for the future is to continue to improve my skills in all forms of photography, but particularly in natural history subjects.
Cameras: Sony DSLT a77 Mkii, Sony CSC a7 Mkii, Minolta SRT101.
Lenses: Sony 16-50mm f2.8, Sony 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM, Sony 70-400mm SSM f4-5.6, Tamron 180mm f3.5 macro, Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro, Minolta 50mm f1.7, Minolta 70-210mm f4 ‘Beercan’, Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f1.4, Super Komura 200mm f3.5 (Minolta MC fit).