My name is Rupert Kirkwood.
I have worked as a farm vet in West Devon for thirty-three years but had to take early retirement through injury.
I now spend as much time as possible paddling my kayak around the coast of Southwest England, observing and photograph the exceptional, and underrated, wildlife.
I have kayaked every inch of the coast of SW England, from Poole to Minehead, as well as 2,000 miles in Scotland, and short jaunts in Spain, USA, Mexico, Greenland, Chile, and Antarctica.
I have clocked up over 25,000 miles in total, most of it in Devon and Cornwall. That’s more than the circumference of the planet.
For the last five years I have paddled far offshore, when sea conditions allow, in search of whales.
Here’s what makes me tick: (all photos taken from the kayak seat….apart from the first one)