David’s passion for birds started at an early age, he was photographing them by the age of 13 but while at school always had ambitions to be a sports photographer. After a few years as a building society auditor professional photography became a reality, in 1992, having already started working with Tony Stone Images. In 1993 David started a photographic agency specialising in birds. He ran this for over a decade until giving it up to concentrate on his own work as the digital age took hold. His first book was published by Harper Collins in 1996 and he has gone on to write or collaborate with authors on over 40 titles. These include the best selling Bird Photography Field Guide and the widely acclaimed Birds and People.
He writes a monthly column Focus on Birds for Wild Planet Photography Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Amateur Photographer Magazine. He has been a frequent speaker at photography events both in the UK and abroad and has held a number of exhibitions of his work. David has received a number of photographic awards including the European Nature Photographer of the Year documentary award in 2002 for his work on Emperor Penguins and more recently won a Natures Best Award for his work on Mongolian Eagle Hunters. He lives with his family in North Norfolk and when not travelling or photographing his other passions in life include F1 motor racing, cooking curries and managing his 4 acre ancient woodland close to Holt, in which he often sits under an old oak dreaming of being a sports photographer one day!