Colin Dilcock

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My photographic journey started as a teenager and developed initially to assist my teaching and conservation work. After joining the Club in the 1980’s my skills improved with the friendship and guidance of fellow members.

I enjoy most forms of photography and welcome new challenges. Having honed my skills in the slide period, with the need to get the image right in camera, I still try to do this with digital, to end up with only minor adjustments in post processing.

I particularly like wildlife and conservation, travel, environmental portraits, architecture and sport photography. Over the last six years I have been the official photographer for Helmsley Walled Garden, which has led to many images being published in newspaper, magazines, publicity materials and through social media.

Allium Head – Helmsley Walled Garden
I enjoy capturing flowers at all stages of development, this allium head is about to burst open to form its globe flower.

Gravel Garden – Helmsley Walled Garden
The gravel garden borders the Vinehouse Café outside seating area with the garden orchid house in the backgound.

Laburnum Arch – Helmsley Walled Garden
The Laburnum Arch at the Helmsley Walled Garden is normally at it’s best in late May with it’s intense yellow flowers attracting many visitors to the Garden. The tunnel it forms provides a view through to the garden fountain and Helmsley Castle.

Spring Garden – Helmsley Walled Garden
Some of the first spring colour is the tulips, planted in the grass at Helmsley Walled Garden, with the Orchid House in the backdrop. There is currently an appeal by the charity to raise money for the maintenance and improvement to the Orchid House.

Goshawk with Catch
I managed to capture this Female Goshawk soon after it had caught and killed this rabbit. The female Goshawk is a top predator, very fast and powerful. One of my other pastimes is raptor conservation and study, therefore it’s a real treat to see these birds in action.

Fairy Tern with Chick
Fairy Terns are one of my favourite birds and to be around when they’re breeding is a bonus. They only lay one egg, normally on a precarious branch, the young cling on after hatching waiting to be fed with small fish.

Sooty Tern Take-Off
One of the Sooty Tern breeding colonies is on Bird Island in the Seychelles. 1.5 million birds arrive each year in March/April to nest on the ground. Before they finally decide on their nesting site, they start landing along the beach to form a great spectacle when they take-off.

Yellow-Billed Tropicbird
Also called the White-tailed tropicbird, nests on the ground using the base of larger trees to give some protection. They only have one egg/chick, which, once big enough to leave, the adults both go off to fish for the youngster.