NEW CAMPAIGN TO STRENGTHEN THE HUNTING ACT IN THE UK

The continued problem of illegal fox hunting using dogs in the UK has again become the focus of many animal welfare charities.  The lack of policing, enforcement and prosecution is proving to be a hotly debated topic amongst Members of Parliament, celebrities like Patrick Stewart and a concerned British public.

Read more.. Sunday, September 28th, 2014

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN – THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11

Remembering the fallen on the thirteenth anniversary.  It’s amazing how quickly time passes by but for many it only feels like yesterday the towers fell. The pain of losing someone never ending…

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

The New York skyline with the Freedom Tower © Dan Callister

Battalion Chief Steve Sullivan remembers fallen comrades © Dan Callister

Battalion Chief Steve Sullivan remembers fallen comrades © Dan Callister

Lieutenant Jerry Reilly remembers © Dan Callister

Lieutenant Jerry Reilly with the photograph taken of him on the day of the attacks © Dan Callister

Remembering those who never came home © Dan Callister

343 FDNY  – Remembering those who never came home © Dan Callister

 

The Fire Department of New York in addition to the 343 firefighters who died on the day of the attacks, a further 89 have died from illness over recent years and many others continue to fight poor health.

Read more.. Thursday, September 11th, 2014

WORK FEATURED ON WELSH PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE GWEAD

Some of my work has just been featured on Welsh photography website GWEAD  It’s nice to be featured on a Welsh website, makes me feel homesick though…Diolch Rhodri!!

Work featured on Gwead.com

Work featured on Gwead.com

If you are interested and would like to see more, click HERE

Read more.. Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A GREAT EGRET FISHING IN CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK

Walking through Central Park yesterday, I saw an egret stalking in the pond at the southeastern corner of the park. The look of surprise on this poor fish said it all!

The look of surprise on this unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

The look of surprise on this poor unfortunate fish © Dan Callister

Game Over! © Dan Callister

Game Over! © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, August 14th, 2014

THE PASSING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

Robin Williams (2006) © Dan Callister

Robin Williams (2006) © Dan Callister

Robin Williams was a comedic genius, a true talent.  A sad day for anyone that enjoyed his films or stand-up routine.  There are very few greats and he was one of them.  Hopefully he has found peace and will have everyone around him upstairs in stitches……….

Read more.. Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

URUGUAY, CHILE AND THEN SOUTH AFRICA…..

It has been a busy three weeks starting with an assignment in Uruguay, followed by a feature on Arsenal’s new signing Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla, Chile and then a trip to South Africa to photograph Great White’s.  It’s nice to be busy, especially in this climate where newspapers and magazines are concerned. If only the print media would invest in quality features again, instead of filling the pages with garbage from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram……

Anyway I was sent to Tocopilla in Chile, the birthplace of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s new star signing to do a background feature.  There are less than 25,000 inhabitants in Tocopilla, it attracted global attention for being the town in Chile that was most devastated in 2007 by an earthquake that reached 7.7 on the Richter Scale. It displaced over 15,000 people and destroyed 30 per cent of all standing structures including the school where Alexis attended.

Alexis returns each Christmas to ride through the streets alongside the mayor Fernando San Roman in an open top float to give out Christmas presents to local children.  On his visit last December, a street was renamed in his honour following a vote by local residents.  The road that was once ‘Cuarta Poniente’ now bears the name ‘Alexis Sanchez’.  The significance being that Alexis took his first footballing steps on the ‘Cancha Lazareto’ pitch along this road.  It is just around the corner from the family home….

Alexis' brother Umberto outside their childhood home © Dan Callister

Alexis’ brother Umberto outside their childhood home in Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez (born 19 December 1988) July 15, 2014 is a Chilean footballer who plays for Arsenal in the Premier League and the Chilean national team as a forward, most commonly in the right wing position.

The Sanchez family home in Tocopilla, Chile, © Dan Callister

Alexis as a child footballer, fourth from left © Dan Callister

Alexis as a child footballer, fourth from left © Dan Callister

A view of Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

A view of Tocopilla, Chile © Dan Callister

Alexis' first football coach Alberto Toledo© Dan Callister

Alexis’ first football coach Alberto Toledo © Dan Callister

Street re-named Alexis Sanchez © Dan Callister

The street that was re-named Alexis Sanchez © Dan Callister

Published feature © Dan Callister

Published feature © Dan Callister

Read more.. Saturday, August 9th, 2014

AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA

An African penguin stumbles on a rock © Dan Callister

An African Penguin stumbles on a rock on his way home © Dan Callister

I managed to sneak away and photograph the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, during my recent trip to South Africa.  They are great fun to observe and to photograph…each having their own unique personality. It has been another great trip to SA but unfortunately it has passed so quickly….back to New York now…

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

A cautionary warning sign © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Returning back from Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

I wish I could fly © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Admiring the view as the sunset’s over False Bay © Dan Callister

The end of another trip © Dan Callister

Sadly, the end of another trip © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Thursday, August 7th, 2014

SHARK BITE, MUIZENBERG BEACH, FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

There were a couple of predation events at Seal Island today and it appears the sharks are slowly re-appearing after a short absence from the Island.  Unfortunately a twenty year old surfer was bitten by a white shark whilst surfing at Muizenberg Beach in False Bay and was airlifted to hospital this afternoon.

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

Shark incident in Muizenberg

Rescue | 01. Aug, 2014 |

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach. The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

 

Shark warning flag flies over Muizenburg Beach © Dan Callister

Shark warning flags at Muizenberg Beach after the white shark encounter © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Friday, August 1st, 2014

A SHARK PREDATION PICTURE FROM SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

We are having some quiet time here at Seal Island as the sharks seem to have vanished and the predation has died down for the moment.  Hopefully the action will pick up in the next couple of days….

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape fur seals © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

African Penguins duri ng the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

African Penguins during the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout for sharks © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Thursday, July 31st, 2014

DUTCH VAN KIRK – THE LAST SURVIVING HIROSHIMA BOMB CREW MEMBER DIES

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk © Dan Callister

Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk © Dan Callister

The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.

Read more.. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014