Mike Read

Wildlife and landscape photographer

Dartford warbler Sylvia undata taking off from blooming gorse New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England
01AD2634 Dartford warbler
Mountains in mist at sunrise near the Col de Rousset Parc Naturel Regional du Vercors France
C07D0278 Mountains near Col de Rousset Vercors
American black bear Ursus americanus male crossing The Grand Loop Road near Tower Junction Yellowstone National Park Wyoming USA June 2015
01DD3501 Black bear
Spectacular rustgill Gymnopilus junonius growing on mossy bank,New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England, UK, October 2023
01ED0643 Spectacular rustgill

I am a freelance nature photographer specialising in birds, flowers, mammals and other wildlife as well as landscapes.  I live on the western edge of the fabulous New Forest National Park in southern England and have a wide range of images of wildlife, traditions and views from this unique area.

Having worked as a freelance photographer for over 40 years I have built up a huge library of stunning images which are available for publication or as prints up to A3 size. Also, I am represented by four photographic agents namely RSPB Images, Alamy  (this link takes you directly to my searchable portfolio page), Nature Picture Library and have recently joined the New Forest area specialist agency New Forest Stock Imagery which stocks both still and moving images of this fabulous National Park.  I am also able to supply these and other images direct to publishers myself (see my published pictures section for examples).  As I cannot show all of my images on my web site, if you are seeking images for publication, I would be happy to respond to your requirements list with a quantity of low resolution sample images and I can then send you high resolution pictures once you have let me know what you have selected.  Your list can be sent to me via my Contact Me page.

I also give illustrated talks within 40 minutes drive of my home in Ringwood, Hampshire and have over a dozen subjects for you to choose from.  These are all illustrated by my own acclaimed photography and given in person with a light, informative commentary.

I hope you enjoy browsing my site and if you have any queries, suggestions or requests, I would be happy to hear from you.

Pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis growing on chalk soil, near Vierzon, Centre Region, France
01BD0692 Pyramidal orchid
Stac Polliadh and Loch Lurgainn with gorse and birches in the foreground, Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK, May 2021
C02D2367 Stac Polliadh, Inverpolly NNR
King penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus adults about to go into the cold sea to feed Volunteer Point East Falkland Falkland Islands
02AD8016 King penguins
Alpenrose Rhododendron ferrugineum beside the rushing waterfall of the Stream of Cot Gedre near the Cirque de Troumouse Pyrenees National Park France
01BD3333 Alpenrose
Commerson's dolphin Cephalorhynchus commersonii surfing in a wave Saunders Island Falkland Islands
01DD3215 Commerson's dolphin