Hugh Lansdown - photographer, by Ellen Rees
(Photo by Ellen Rees)

My name is Hugh Lansdown and I'm a wildlife photographer based in Swansea, South Wales where I carry out various training and conservation activities including chairing the local Wildlife Trust group.

To see more wildlife photos please use the menus at the top to browse my galleries. If you'd like to know more about my photography and the conservation work I'm involved in you can find my social media and e-mail contact details here...

Latest News

  • The Isle of Mull, Scotland

  • 16th - 19th September 2020
  • With my trip to South Africa cancelled due to the pandemic I decided to try a campervan trip to Scotland instead. I headed for Mull which for me is the best all-round wildlife watching location in the UK. It was incredibly busy which made photography difficult but I managed two excellent boat trips which produced four species of cetacean including several hundred Common Dolphins. Report and more photos here...

    Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) leaping, Scotland
    Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) off the Isle of Mull, Scotland

  • Java, Indonesia

  • 31st January - 3rd February 2020
  • My final stop in Indonesia was Java, the most developed of the islands with the the capital city, Jakarta and over half the country's population. None-the-less a couple of days exploring Gunung Gede National Park brought another impressive selection of tropical wildlife including the strange 'Trumpet-horned' weevil below. Report and more photos here...

    'Trumpet-horned' Weevil (Curculionidae sp.) in Gunung Gede National Park
    'Trumpet-horned' Weevil (Curculionidae sp.) in Gunung Gede National Park, Java

  • Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • 28th - 31st January 2020
  • From Sumatra I moved onto another exotic tropical Indoneisan island... Sulawesi. Crossing the celebrated 'Wallace Line' (named after one of the great Welshmen, Alfred Russel Wallace) brought a very different but equally fascinating selection of wildlife as well as further conservation challenges. Report and more photos here...

    Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra) surrounded by plastic
    Endangered Crested Macaque (Macaca nigra) on the beach in Tangkoko National Park

  • Sumatra, Indonesia

  • 23rd - 28th January 2020
  • I've just returned from an excellent trip to the fascinating tropical islands of Indonesia, starting with Sumatra. I spent three days photographing the wildlife of Way Kambas National Park... a magical rainforest haven in the island's rapidly developing landscape. Report and more photos here...

    Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) in Sumatra
    Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) eating a cicada

  • Wildlife of the Ethiopian Highlands

  • 19th - 26th October 2018
  • Ethiopia certainly isn't the easiest country for photography and wildlife conservation faces many challenges but in my brief visit I saw some superb animals and the trip was definitiely worth-while. Report and more photos here...

    Giant Mole-rat (Spalax giganteus)
    Giant Mole-rat (Spalax giganteus) peering out of its burrow

  • Gelada Baboons of Debre Libanos Gorge, Ethiopia

  • 19th October 2018

  • I started my trip to Ethiopia with a three-hour drive to the beautiful mountain scenery of Debre Libanos in search of Gelada Baboons. Despite battles with officialdom and poor weather conditions I spent an excellent few hours there. Report and more photos here...

    plains zebra (Equus quagga) rolling in the dust
    Gelada Baboon (Theropithecus gelada) on the cliff-top

  • Wildlife of the Western Cape, South Africa

  • 21st - 28th June 2018
  • I started my trip to Southern Africa at the Cape of Good Hope before gradually making 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

  • 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)

  • Old News Reports

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  • 23rd - 28th January 2020
  • Photographic trip to Sumatra, Indonesia

  • 28th - 31st January 2020
  • Photographic trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • 31st January - 3rd February 2020
  • Photographic trip to Java, Indonesia

  • 25th September 2020
  • Talk for the Gower Ornithalogical Society on the Wildlife of China CANCELLED

  • 14th - 19th September 2020
  • Photographic Trip to Scotland

  • 5th - 26th October 2020
  • Photographic Trip to South Africa CANCELLED

  • 2nd November 2020
  • Talk for the Bridgend Wildlife Trust group on the Wildlife of China CANCELLED

Trip Reports

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


You can't spend your days out in the countryside photographing wildlife without being amazed at the wonder and intricacy of the natural world. At the same time, the huge threats facing the environment are plain for everyone to see and unless we're prepared to fight to protect it, many of the creatures we admire so much will be lost forever.

Below is a list of environmental and conservation groups I belong to. If you'd like to know more about any of them either follow the links or use the contact page to get in touch and I'll pass your details on.