Epworth Men’s Society welcomed a West Butterwick wildlife expert and photographer to its latest meeting in the Isle.
Speaker on December 1 was amateur photographer Duncan Hill, who hails from West Street in West Butterwick, and has travelled all over the world to photograph wildlife.
Mr Hill, a retired teacher, explained that the Falklands are very sparsely populated – numbering no more that 4,500 people, who mainly live in small communities, reports Men’s Society member Edward Mardell.
“Because of this the wildlife on the islands is not used to seeing humans and they are vastly outnumbered by the sheep living on the Falklands,” said Mr Hill, who was addressing an estimated 30 members of the society at Epworth’s Red Lion Hotel.
He explained the wildlife on the islands is not without it predators, with skewer birds hunting for eggs and penguins facing leopard seals and sea lions whenever they re-enter the sea.
Mr Hill said he had visited the islands in what passes for summer in the Antarctica, but still had to contend with a storm on his second day there with winds reaching 90mph.
While on the islands, Mr Hill said he was also able to photograph a short-eared owl but was unable to speculate on what it might have lived on.
The well-travelled photographer is a member of the Doncaster Camera Club and Yorkshire-based Gamma Camera Club.
His photographic skills has been recognised with him being made a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and gaining an international award for Excellence from the Federation of International Amateur Photographers.
Anyone wanting to join the Men’s Society, or to find out more information, can call Ken Bickerstaff on 01427 872288.