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Call of the wild is captured on camera by Ron

PUBLISHED: 17:40 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 26 December 2018

Sudbury wildlife photographer Ron Smith.

Sudbury wildlife photographer Ron Smith.

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Ron Smith of Sudbury loves nothing better than to photograph the natural world in and around the town. Here he talks about his love of the outdoors and picks some of his favourite pictures.

One of my best days photography was when this otter turned up as I was walking beside the river at Kiplings Meadow.One of my best days photography was when this otter turned up as I was walking beside the river at Kiplings Meadow.

Ron Smith is never happier than when he is out and about capturing on camera the rich variety of wildlife to be found in the countryside around Sudbury.

A water rail spotted at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.A water rail spotted at the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.

Yet it is only in recent years that the 62-year-old has developed his eye for a picture.

A very pretty and colourful goldcrest seen in Sudbury Cemetery.A very pretty and colourful goldcrest seen in Sudbury Cemetery.

“It’s something I got into around 2000 but since I retired I’ve had more time on my hands to and whenever I’m out I’m always looking and listening,” he said.

A stoat attacking a rabbit in Long Melford Country Park.A stoat attacking a rabbit in Long Melford Country Park.

“I don’t go out with any expectations of finding something every day. The only thing I might see is a simple sparrow. But I love that I’ve got something I really enjoy that I can do in my retirement.

A skylark photographed above fields beside Sudbury Health Centre.A skylark photographed above fields beside Sudbury Health Centre.

Ron, who lives in Consitution Hill, worked in the motor trade until he retired in June, but has always loved the outdoors.

The survey hopes to discover what impact light pollution might be having on tawnies   Pic: Ron  SmithThe survey hopes to discover what impact light pollution might be having on tawnies Pic: Ron Smith

He is often accomnpanied by his wife Sue, who he calls his “second set of eyes”, and sometimes his five-year-old grandson Ted.

A nuthatch, taken at one of my favourite reserves - Lackford Lakes, near  Bury st Edmunds.A nuthatch, taken at one of my favourite reserves - Lackford Lakes, near Bury st Edmunds.

“He is showing an interest in nature - he spotted his first kestrel when he was just two-and-a-half,” said Ron

One of my best moments from this summer when this beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth turned up in our garden.One of my best moments from this summer when this beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth turned up in our garden.

Ron has seen all manner of wildlife but there is one creature he definitely wants to see more of: “The one animal I would love to see again is an otter. With birds, anything can turn up although I would like to see more owls.

A red kite seen in spring time over Keddington Hill in Little Cornard.A red kite seen in spring time over Keddington Hill in Little Cornard.

“Otters though, they are a lot more elusive, and when you consider how they came back from the brink of being extinct in this country it’s magical when you do see them,

A waxwing - a very rare bird that turned up in Sudbury a couple of years ago at Chilton Industrial Estate. It was one of around 17 that were feeding on some rowan berriesA waxwing - a very rare bird that turned up in Sudbury a couple of years ago at Chilton Industrial Estate. It was one of around 17 that were feeding on some rowan berries

“It’s also a good sign that the river and habitat they are in is healthy.”

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