About the Author

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.

roops dolphinI 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)

Teign estuary
Teignmouth Teabreak
Kingfisher Fowey
Kingfisher, Fowey, Cornwall
Common Dolphins Torbay
Common Dolphins, Torbay, Devon
camel otter
Otter, Camel, Cornwall
Nudger the seal, Looe
Grey Seal, South Cornwall
Risso's Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin, Sennen, Cornwall
Red-throated Diver, Looe, by Rupert Kirkwood
Red-throated Diver, Looe, Cornwall
White-beaked Dolphins
White-beaked Dolphins, Eddystone, South Devon
Lundy Puffin
Minke Whale, Mount’s Bay, Cornwall
gulp 4
Humpback Whale, Mount’s Bay, Cornwall
Sea Otter, California
Antarctic Humpback


Dawlish, South Devon