Kildare focus in new wildlife publication from Celbridge author

A Kildare-based photographer has produced a new book on wildlife which includes many of the species to be found in the county’s conservation areas.

A Kildare-based photographer has produced a new book on wildlife which includes many of the species to be found in the county’s conservation areas.

Butterflies and other insects from Pollardstown Fen and Ballinafagh lake, near Prosperous, feature strongly in a book by Celbridge Camera Club member, Mark Sedgwick.

The former President of the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) , Mark has spend photographing creatures from the international known local sites.

His book, “Common Irish Odonates and Butterflies,” features creatures from oter parts of the country as well but from his Celbridge base, Mark has spent much time photographing the wildlife in Kildare.

An international award winning amateur photographer, Mark has visited every type of of ecosystem in the country and photographed the creatures over the past six year.

The shooting season runs from the end of April to the end of October and the result is over 140 beautiful pictures, which started out with his interest in dragon flies and damsel flies.

While Mark is particularly well known in camera club circles for his portraits, he has remained an all rounder, doing landscapes and other types of photography, which have earned him honours with the world photographic body, FIAP.

“I’ve been taking nature shots for 25 years,” he said.

The experience of producing the book has been a learning curve, he said. “I had taken shots of some species and did not realise I had them until I went through a book and saw them named,” he said.

He spent four years as President of the Irish Photographic Federation and this is his first personal book. One of his photographs also appeared on a recent nature wall chart attached to the Daily Mail.

While this is the first, Mark has plans to extend the fruits of his efforts and hobby on other nature projects.

Apart from nature lovers, the book would be a valuable addition to any school library, particularly Kildare ones, due to the local interest.

The book, “Common Irish Odonates and Butterflies,” is not on sale in shops but is available through blurb.com

A print copy of the costs €38 but the electronic version is selling at a much lower €3.99.