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Hugh Lansdown - photographer, by Ellen Rees

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My name is Hugh Lansdown and I'm a wildlife photographer.

I'm currently living and working in Cairo, Egypt, but my home is in Swansea, South Wales where I carry out various training and conservation activities.

If you'd like to see some of the animals I've photographed, you can use the menus at the top to browse my galleries. There are sections for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects and spiders, as well as all the different countries I've visited.

If you'd like to know more about my photography and the conservation work I'm involved in you can get in touch through my contact page here...

... or alternatively on:

Facebook as Hugh Lansdown
Instagram as @hlansdown
Twitter as @hughlansdown

Latest News

  • Birds and Mammals of Namibia
  • 5th - 17th July 2018

  • The last stage of my southern Africa trip was 12 days in Namibia. Sand storms and a disreputable car hire company took their toll but the superb Etosha National Park made it all worth-while. Full report here....

    plains zebra (Equus quagga) rolling in the dust
    Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) dust-bathing

  • Wildlife of the Northern Cape, South Africa
  • 28th June - 5th July 2018

  • From Karoo National Park, I headed my 4x4 north into the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape. Again the wildlife was superb, from playful Cheetahs and menacing Hyenas to inquisitive Meerkats and lumbering Aardvark.
    Click here for the full report.

    An Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) having a good scratch!

  • Widllife of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • 21st - 28th June 2018

  • I started my trip to Southern Africa at the Cape of Good Hope and then gradually made my way northwards. The wildlife and scenery were stunning from Cape Town birds like the pelicans below to Hermanus Bay whales and the carnivores of the Great Karoo desert.
    Click here for the full report...

    Three Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) in South Africa
    Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Cape Town

  • Life in the Red Sea
  • 29th - 30th April 2018

  • From Fayoum we headed to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast and a day's snorkelling. The coral reefs and sea life were superb with the best underwater visibility I've seen anywhere. Click here for more photos of Red Sea marine life...

    Lagoon Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) in the Red Sea
    Lagoon Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) on a Red Sea coral reef

  • Bird life of Fayoum Oasis
  • 27th - 28th April 2018

  • Took a trip down to Fayoum Oasis in the Egyptian desert and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of bird life. Big flocks of Greater Flamingo, shorebirds such as ibis and sandpipers as well as kingfishers, bee-eaters and hunting kestrels. More photos here...

    Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) eating a rat
    Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) eating a black rat (Rattus rattus)

  • Amazon Rainforest (Ecuador)
  • 29th July - 2nd August 2017

  • Final stop on the South American tour was Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, again Amazon rainforest but this time in north-eastern Ecuador and a whole new range of facinating species. From weird insects and giant spiders to huge yeti-like monkeys and tiny cat-like ones... click here for photos...

    Long-horned Leaf-cricket (Tettigoniid sp.)
    Long-horned Leaf-cricket (Tettigoniid sp.)

  • Amazon Rainforest (Peru)
  • 24th - 28th July 2017

  • From one extreme to the other... I made my way from the arid heights of the Andes down to the humid, tropical heat of the Amazon rainforest and Tambopata National Reserve. Click here for photos...

    Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) calling
    Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

  • Wildlife of the High Andes
  • 19th - 23rd July 2017

  • From Galapagos I headed to Peru and Colca Canyon over 4,000 meters above sea-level in the High Andes. It's a really beautiful place... the main attraction is the incredible display of Andean Condors but there's a lot more wildlife that most people never see.  Click here for more photos...

    Family of vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) drinking
    Vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) in the high Andes

  • Galapagos Wildlife
  • 11th - 19th July 2017

  • Next stop was the amazing Galapagos Islands. I was expecting to encounter a wide variety of incredible wildlife and I wasn't disappointed. I was also pleasantly surprised by the high level of protection in place despite the volume of tourism.  Click here for a report and more photos...

    Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) in the galapagos islands
    Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

  • Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Birds
  • 7th - 10th July 2017

  • Started my South America trip with a few days in the cloud forest of the mountains above Quito, Ecuador photographing beautiful birds like the strange Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.  More cloud forest birds here...

    Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) in the cloud forest, Ecuador
    Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus)

  • More News

    If you would like to see some of the older news articles, please click here  


  • 27th - 28th April 2018
  • Photographic trip to Fayoum Oasis, Egypt
  • 29th - 30th April 2018
  • Photographic trip to the Red Sea, Egypt
  • 21st June - 5th July 2018
  • Photographic trip to South Africa
  • 5th - 16th July 2018
  • Photographic trip to Namibia
  • 17th July 2018
  • Fly home to Wales
  • Wednesday 29th August 2018
  • Fly out to Egypt
  • 18th - 27th October 2018
  • Photographic Trip to Ethiopia
  • 21st - 23rd November 2018
  • Photographic Trip to The Red Sea, Egypt
  • 20th Dec 2018 - 7th Jan 2019
  • Home in Wales
  • 1st - 9th March 2019
  • Home in Wales
  • Thursday 2nd May 2019
  • Talk for the Glamorgan Wildlife Photography Group on The Wildlife of Japan
  • Monday 31st June 2019
  • Fly home to Wales

News Reports

Click on the links below to view the wildlife reports from my trips: