Hours of patience resulted in wildlife photographer Rob Chidgey capturing these stunning shots of a beaver along the River Otter.
Since lockdown Rob, from Exmouth, has been buoying spirits by sharing his scenic photos of East Devon to help those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus.
He said capturing these images of a beaver was one of his photography highpoints – after he had almost given up hope of seeing the creatures.
AWESOME TO SIT AND WATCH THIS ONE FOR AROUND HALF AN HOUR THIS EVENING. EXCUSE MY RUBBISH FILMING 😍📸
Posted by Rob Chidgey on Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Rob, who began his passion for photography five years ago, said previous attempts to photograph the River Otter beavers had fallen short of expectations.
His latest attempt almost ended in Rob going home empty-handed, but was successful only after he took his camera equipment to a different side of the river.
Rob said: “I’ve been to see if I could see the beavers a fair few times and never had much luck.
“A photographer friend of mine gave me a location to work with on the River Otter.
“I went out feeling hopeful and after two hours of nothing I almost gave up.
“Changing side of the river in a last ditch attempt I came across this lovely sight.
“I sat and watched the beaver for over half an hour and got lots of great pictures and luckily some video footage as well.
“This truly was overwhelming and one of the highlights of my wildlife photography trips to date.
“Fingers crossed I’m going to be lucky enough so see them again at some stage.”
Rob, whose full-time job is with the district council recycling team, started taking photos in 2015.
Since then his photography skills have led him into weddings and events, as well as capturing a host of stunning images of scenic East Devon, its landscape, wildlife and coast.
He recently set up a website and is offering a range of photographic services.