Exmouth-based photographer shows his wild side

Wildlife photographer, Luke Hopkins, shares his nature pictures with our readers.

Wildlife photographer, Luke Hopkins, shares his nature pictures with our readers. - Credit: Archant

Photographer, Luke Hopkins, shares his superb nature photos of the amazing wildlife to be found in and around Exmouth.

An adult female beaver grooming on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins

An adult female beaver grooming on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Thirty-year-old Luke Hopkins of Colleton Way, Exmouth, talks about his love of wildlife photography.

“I have been interested in wildlife from a very young age. I remember my grandad and brother-in-law taking me out birdwatching as a child and my passion grew from there.

“It wasn’t until I moved from Leicester to Devon in 2010 that I got my first point-and-shoot camera and started going out at weekends taking photos of wildlife. Over the last eight years I have slowly upgraded my camera gear and have learnt more about the local wildlife and where to find it. Living in East Devon we are extremely lucky to have some of the best nature reserves in the country and some of the rarest animals.

“I enjoy going out several times a week and can only see my passion for photographing wildlife growing more and more.”

A short eared owl spotted on Exmouth clifftops. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A short eared owl spotted on Exmouth clifftops. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins


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You can see more of Luke’s work by following him at Luke Hopkins Wildlife Photography on Facebook and Instagram.

MORE: If you enjoy photography and you would like to be considered as a featured photographer then get in touch with Alex at: alex.walton@archant.co.uk

Why not join our community of local photographers at www.iwitness24.co.uk and you could start seeing your photos appearing online and in print across our many South West news titles.

A kestrel hunting on Exmouth clifftops. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A kestrel hunting on Exmouth clifftops. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A pied wagtail close up. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A pied wagtail close up. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

An adult female beaver grooming on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins

An adult female beaver grooming on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Refelction at Budleigh seafront. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Refelction at Budleigh seafront. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Stack of pebbles on Budleigh beach. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Stack of pebbles on Budleigh beach. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A crow perched on a silver birch tree on Woodbury common. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A crow perched on a silver birch tree on Woodbury common. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A Juvenile rabbit posing for the camera. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A Juvenile rabbit posing for the camera. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A Dartford warbler at RSPB aylesbeare common. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A Dartford warbler at RSPB aylesbeare common. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

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A little bank vole enjoying some sunshine. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A little bank vole enjoying some sunshine. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Mute swan guarding a nest on the side of Exeter canal. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Mute swan guarding a nest on the side of Exeter canal. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Grey heron fishing on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Grey heron fishing on the River Otter. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A moorhen at Bystock Pools in Exmouth. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A moorhen at Bystock Pools in Exmouth. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A greater spotted woodpecker feeding its young along the River Exe in Exeter. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A greater spotted woodpecker feeding its young along the River Exe in Exeter. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A little blue tit striking a pose. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A little blue tit striking a pose. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A common lizard basking in the morning sun on Woodbury Common. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A common lizard basking in the morning sun on Woodbury Common. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

Dartford warbler posing at RSPB Aylesbeare Common. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Dartford warbler posing at RSPB Aylesbeare Common. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

A kestrel hunting at RSPB Aylesbeare common. Picture: Luke Hopkins

A kestrel hunting at RSPB Aylesbeare common. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

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Stack of pebbles on Budleigh beach. Picture: Luke Hopkins

Stack of pebbles on Budleigh beach. Picture: Luke Hopkins - Credit: luke hopkins

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