We were treated to an illustrated talk entitled “Wildlife Facts from around the World”, by Dr Kevin Elsby, FRPS. Photography has been a lifelong interest of his and this was shown in the impressive, professional quality of his photographs.
Beginning with the Arctic and working his way South, Kevin treated us to a feast of stunning photographs, accompanied with surprising facts about the wildlife shown. For example, he explained how a polar bear’s hairs are effectively tiny air-filled tubes, which thus provide insulation. He also explained how the Svalbard reindeer has adapted to the harsh winters and extremely cold air of that region, with air entering its nostrils at minus 30 degrees Celsius! This photographic journey then took us south via Scotland, Norfolk, Africa, tropical Latin America and down to Antarctica. We learned about gannets, puffins (and how these can hold so many fish in their beaks), avocets, swallows, humming birds, ostriches, alligators, albatrosses and many other creatures.
This lecture was much appreciated and Kevin was thanked by the Chairman.