7 Years of Camera Shake

When David Plummer was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2009 at the age of 40, he decided to make the most of the situation and spent the following seven years capturing stunning images of wildlife.

Kingfisher bashes fish in West Sussex UK. © David Plummer

About the photographer

David Plummer’s passion for wildlife began aged two, when he remembers studying woodlice. He has since become a renowned wildlife expert and photographer, shortlisted for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2016. A combination of relentless research, patience, and knowledge of his subjects are the key aspects of Plummer’s success.

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Even being diagnosed with Parkinson’s failed to perturb him, and he has since produced some of his best work. Plummer is keen to change the negative public image of Parkinson’s in the UK. By capturing photography of this standard, he has already proven that the disease not have to be limiting.

7 Years of Camera Shake is a collection of more than 200 of Plummer’s favourite photographs in his native UK and worldwide. The book features breathtaking images of cheetahs on the hunt, hares framed by the sunset and many more unique snapshots of the natural world.

View more of David Plummer’s photos via his website.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

As I passed the base of the tree, this inquisitive tropical screech owl just poked his head out looking down at me: I pointed the lens straight up, grabbed a few shots and backed away. © David Plummer
As I passed the base of the tree, this inquisitive tropical screech owl just poked his head out looking down at me: I pointed the lens straight up, grabbed a few shots and backed away. © David Plummer
Sometimes I think people like to photograph the obvious with puffins such as in-flight shots, however, I think sticking with one bird and just trying to capture everyday behaviour can produce the most effective images. © David Plummer
Sometimes I think people like to photograph the obvious with puffins such as in-flight shots, however, I think sticking with one bird and just trying to capture everyday behaviour can produce the most effective images. © David Plummer
Having just missed the first, I waited two hours for this lioness to collect her second cub. The flies, tender care of the lioness, and helplessness of the cub all combine in this image. © David Plummer
Having just missed the first, I waited two hours for this lioness to collect her second cub. The flies, tender care of the lioness, and helplessness of the cub all combine in this image. © David Plummer
This Male leopard in the Maasai Mara would occasionally look up and stare at me through a small window of vegetation as he consumed a kill. This has become one of my favourite leopard shots. © David Plummer
This Male leopard in the Maasai Mara would occasionally look up and stare at me through a small window of vegetation as he consumed a kill. This has become one of my favourite leopard shots. © David Plummer
Little owl in-flight, Sussex, UK. I have documented this pair of little owls in Sussex for 3 years. © David Plummer
Little owl in-flight, Sussex, UK. I have documented this pair of little owls in Sussex for 3 years. © David Plummer
Hare at sunset. Taken from a hide in Hungary on the edge of the field, I thought the day was over photographically until I noticed this hare with the sun setting behind it. © David Plummer
Hare at sunset. Taken from a hide in Hungary on the edge of the field, I thought the day was over photographically until I noticed this hare with the sun setting behind it. © David Plummer
Little grebe passing food to young taken from a floating hide in a lake in West Sussex. © David Plummer
Little grebe passing food to young taken from a floating hide in a lake in West Sussex. © David Plummer
Black winged stilt taken from a floating hide in Kiskunsag National Park Hungary enduring many leeches during the shooting process. © David Plummer
Black winged stilt taken from a floating hide in Kiskunsag National Park Hungary enduring many leeches during the shooting process. © David Plummer
Hyena rushes back to reclaim prey from vultures. Maasai Mara Kenya. © David Plummer
Hyena rushes back to reclaim prey from vultures. Maasai Mara Kenya. © David Plummer
Young lion cub shades from the sun in the rib cage of a bull eland. © David Plummer
Young lion cub shades from the sun in the rib cage of a bull eland. © David Plummer
Barn owl emerges from daytime roost in West Sussex UK. © David Plummer
Barn owl emerges from daytime roost in West Sussex UK. © David Plummer
Kingfisher bashes fish in West Sussex UK. © David Plummer
Kingfisher bashes fish in West Sussex UK. © David Plummer
Sleeping female Jaguar. Pantanal region of Brazil. © David Plummer
Sleeping female Jaguar. Pantanal region of Brazil. © David Plummer
Burrowing owls are tolerant of humans to a point. I found the best way to approach them was to crawl along the ground pretending to be something else, a technique I use elsewhere too. © David Plummer
Burrowing owls are tolerant of humans to a point. I found the best way to approach them was to crawl along the ground pretending to be something else, a technique I use elsewhere too. © David Plummer
Hyena running with head of prey. Dragging the shutter can produce a nice slow pan. © David Plummer
Hyena running with head of prey. Dragging the shutter can produce a nice slow pan. © David Plummer
The tawny owl is common but very difficult to photograph in the wild due to its shyness and nocturnal behaviour. This is one of my favourite images – I like chasing the elusive. © David Plummer
The tawny owl is common but very difficult to photograph in the wild due to its shyness and nocturnal behaviour. This is one of my favourite images – I like chasing the elusive. © David Plummer
Victorious male lion after a fight. I think this image sums up the brutality of nature but also the persistence of the protagonists within it; animals don't give up, they just keep going. © David Plummer
Victorious male lion after a fight. I think this image sums up the brutality of nature but also the persistence of the protagonists within it; animals don’t give up, they just keep going. © David Plummer