March 14th – Members’ Evening with Derek Gould “Habitats”, and Mike Lawson “ Natural History – my way”.

Mike and Derek

Mike and Derek

A shot of David Kessel setting up to photograph that Hawkeshead, which is swimming slowly up to the surface to get a lungful of air. It was taken at Orca dive village 40 miles south of Safaga in the Red Sea. We were diving there to explore the photographic potential of the reef in a beautiful inlet with pristine coral. This was ideal for us to have two, 90-minute dives a day and still have time for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Photo by Derek Gould

A shot of David Kessel setting up to photograph that Hawkeshead, which is swimming slowly up to the surface to get a lungful of air. It was taken at Orca dive village 40 miles south of Safaga in the Red Sea. We were diving there to explore the photographic potential of the reef in a beautiful inlet with pristine coral. This was ideal for us to have two, 90-minute dives a day and still have time for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Photo by Derek Gould

This is a Hawkesbill turtle, grazing on the grasses in the sand here. It also crunches the corals but likes soft corals the best.  Photo by Derek Gould

This is a Hawkesbill turtle, grazing on the grasses in the sand here. It also crunches the corals but likes soft corals the best. Photo by Derek Gould

A puffer fish lying on a coral head  This fish has enough toxin to kill 30 men in one go but you have to eat it for that to happen. If threatened it can swell up to form a large ball that is very hard to eat, as if you'd want to!  by Derek Gould

A puffer fish lying on a coral head This fish has enough toxin to kill 30 men in one go but you have to eat it for that to happen. If threatened it can swell up to form a large ball that is very hard to eat, as if you’d want to! by Derek Gould

A lionfish showing its poisonous barbs by Derek Gould

A lionfish showing its poisonous barbs by Derek Gould

Two pelicans in the national Park in Sri Lanka by Derek Gould

Two pelicans in the national Park in Sri Lanka by Derek Gould