Char­ac­ter stud­ies

Wildlife keeper Matt Bin­stead is able to get up close to his en­chant­ing charges for shots packed with per­son­al­ity

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I’m the head keeper at the British Wildlife Cen­tre, near Ling­field, in Sur­rey, and my job is to care for all the res­i­dent an­i­mals at the cen­tre with my team of keep­ers who help me. I have a close bond with the an­i­mals here, and my mis­sion as a pho­tog­ra­pher is to take great pic­tures of them, help­ing to show British an­i­mals off at their best and en­gage the pub­lic with lo­cal wildlife.

I got my first cam­era, a Nikon D90, about five years ago. At first it was an ex­cuse to sit and watch our an­i­mals at play, but I quickly be­came hooked on pho­tog­ra­phy, and since then I’ve been lucky enough to have my pho­tos picked up by na­tional news­pa­pers. It is al­ways nice to see them in print, and gives me a bit of a buzz to think that thou­sands of peo­ple out there will get to see one of my pho­tos.

My most pop­u­lar pic­ture to date is one of a tawny owl in blue­bells, which was pub­lished by three news­pa­pers on the same day. It’s one of my favourites, too – in it, the owl is peek­ing in­quis­i­tively around the tree at the cam­era.

An­i­mal crack­ers

There is never a typ­i­cal day as a keeper at the British Wildlife Cen­tre. We’re only open to the gen­eral pub­lic at week­ends, bank hol­i­days and dur­ing school

I nearly al­ways shoot in aper­ture-pri­or­ity mode, with my White Bal­ance set to sunny… I only ever shoot hand­held

01 Grinn ing fo x Nikon D300s, Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 1/1250 sec, f/3.5, ISO800

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