Japanese snow monkey
An eye for wildlife
Shropshire's Michael Leach is a wildlife photographer with a rare talent and a fast shutter finger. We meet the Oswestry man who enjoys life through the lens.
For the past 27 years he's travelled the world in search of the world's most charismatic animals.
Michael, who lives in the tiny village of Kinnerley, between Oswestry and Shrewsbury, often captures wildlife action with a shutter speed of one thirty thousandth of a second.
But top notch cameras aren't necessarily the most important tools of his trade.
He uses chocolate as a bait to entice his subjects towards the camera lens.
Michael Leach in action
The tactics have paid off in many exotic locations including Rwanda, where Michael spent days with his favourite subject, mountain gorillas.
More recently Michael travelled to the snowy mountains of Japan where he was able to photograph the elusive snow monkey.
In order to survive in sub zero temperatures in the winter they spend much of their time in hot sulphur pools, only getting out when they need to search for food.
During his long career, Michael's worked with polar bears in the Arctic, lemurs in Madagascar and sperm whales around the Azores.
But it's not just the world's exotic locations which have provided him with his best subject matter.
His own living room was converted into a rabbit warren and a church to get some of his best-selling shots.
He's a Shropshire lad by birth and always looks forward to returning to his home county after his journeys around the globe.
Nevertheless, the world beckons, and Michael's happy to pull out his camera once again.
last updated: 25/04/2008 at 08:35