Charlie Phillips Images - Inverness - Scotland

Wildlife - Landscape - The Natural World 

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"On A Rising Tide"

Award winning book on the resident Bottlenose dolphins by Charlie Phillips

 Christmas & New Year Book Offer £20.00 UK P&P free !

Available to buy now - my reprinted book about life with these amazing Bottlenose dolphins

filled with stories and photos, foreword by wildlife film maker & TV Presenter Simon King OBE.


"On A Rising Tide" won the 2016 SNPA

Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book Award 

Would customers from outside the UK please e-mail me first before purchasing so I can advise about shipping charges?

Some customer quotes about the book...

“Charlies' beautiful new book about the dolphins of the Moray Firth. Stunning pictures.” Wildlife Cameraman & Filmmaker John Aitchison

“Beautiful” Alex Thomson, Chief Correspondent, Channel 4 News

"We shall treasure 'On a Rising Tide'..what amazing images" Jon Snow, Presenter, Channel 4 News

" An inspiration to anyone with a passion for dolphins and photography " D.Lomax

" It contains some truly stunning pictures and is a superb showcase of your art as a photographer " C.Kidd

" Thank you Charlie Phillips for my signed copy of your truly fascinating and amazing book. A very educational insight into the life's of our Bottlenose dolphins. Pictures are fabulous." E.McCalden

"Brilliant book - Well done Charlie Phillips" R.Campbell  

Please visit my publishers website where you can also buy "On A Rising Tide" and purchase their fantastic "Picturing Scotland" series - little gems of books !

Proud to be associated with Ffordes Photographic of Beauly - a family firm where expert advice and service still matters !

work from my wife Susan's "Aurorabearealis" Art & Craft *Studio 

located on the Main Street, North Kessock IV1 3XN 

Prints and books and canvases available to buy from here. Come and have a browse !

*not open to the public at the moment due to the Covid pandemic - hopefully back open in 2022

                          #NorthCoast500 #NC500

All photographs © Charlie Phillips or Charlie Phillips/WDC All Rights Reserved

Hard at "work" a few seasons ago with Canon EOS 1DX + Canon EF 100-400 MKII IS Lens 


I've used (and still do) a lot of Canon Equipment over the years 

 and lately I have the fantastic mirrorless R5 + RF 100-500 IS for my field work


Moray Firth Bottlenose Dolphins...

Most of my WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) work is with the resident population

of dolphins in the Moray Firth, Scotland.

WDC Adopt a Dolphin

                                                                                                                      I also "Tweet" about my dolphin work    + Dolphinchaz

Instagram too... Dolphinchaz


All these images are of wild, free dolphins.

 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

 Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)


 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) 

 Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin & calf (Tursiops truncatus) 

Bottlenose dolphin calf (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin somersaulting (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)


Bottlenose dolphin baby breaching (Tursiops truncatus)

 Bottlenose dolphin & salmon (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin & salmon (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose dolphin & salmon (Tursiops truncatus)

Watching dolphins from the beach at Chanonry Point, Black Isle


The Science behind the photographs....

 Photography became part of my job as Marine Mammal Interpretation Officer at the Dolphin and Seal Visitor & Research Centre at North Kessock.

To understand wild animals and explain their lifestyles to the general public - especially marine mammals such as seals and dolphins, it helps if you can get to know

your local characters - who, especially in the case of our local wonderful bottlenose dolphins - can be recognised by natural marking on the dorsal fin.

If you can obtain good, detailed matching photos of these marks (a research method called mark re-capture) you can be pretty confident that you are seeing the same animals,

as the chances of two animals having exactly the same markings is highly unlikely. If you see me at Chanonry Point or North Kessock, I may be taking photos of the fins,

but if dolphins start to get energetic, then I take these dynamic images too. Most people know me through my dolphin photographs and the Dolphin & Seal Centre. 

They often ask me if I get bored taking photos of dolphins... Silly question really!

Dolphin I.D. (Identification) photos

(How we tell dolphins apart)

 Fin showing scratches and nicks - this is "Rainbow" ID# 31

All these nicks and marks make each dolphin unique - this is "Mischief" ID# 23

Scientific studies of these beautiful animals is a long term and ongoing process, led by Professor Paul Thompson and the team

from the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station based at Cromarty. The Lighthouse collate the identification catalogue that uses some of my pictures.

Visit the Lighthouse website and have a look at the very best research into the Moray Firth dolphins and the marine environment. 

I am delighted to be working alongside these dedicated people.


Over on the West Coast of Scotland at Gairloch, a great ongoing research project about Harbour Porpoises started by a friend of mine has

continued to be a leading example on how careful boat based research and wildlife trips that the visitor to the area can enjoy, can and should be done.

The public are invited onboard the MV Starquest to enjoy the knowledge and the care and attention of Ian French, marine biologist and wildlife expert.

To experience the amazing wildlife and scenic beauty of this area then please contact Ian 

at the harbour-side office in the Wester Ross village of Gairloch, Tel: 01445 712636 or visit the website.


Apart from research, good photographs can also be useful to illustrate audio/visual presentations and can be used as an educational tool.

I work with the marine charity  Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) on their Scottish Dolphin Team as Dolphin Field Officer,

supplying images and writing articles for their Adopt a Dolphin Website - a great way of getting dolphin and other wildlife issues across

and also a good way of letting people have a glimpse of the beautiful countryside and animals that I work with every day.

Did you know that you can support WDC by using the SAVOO search engine?

Click on the links below to search and choose the charity of your choice 


Otter (Lutra lutra)

Otter (Lutra lutra) with lumpsucker

Otter (Lutra lutra)


Otter Cub (Lutra lutra)

Otter with eel (Lutra lutra)

Otter with scorpion fish (Lutra lutra)

Otter (Lutra lutra)



Grey Seal pup (Halichoerus grypus)

Grey Seal pup (Halichoerus grypus)

Common Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Common Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Common Seal (Phoca vitulina)


Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)

Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)

Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)




Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Short Eared Owl (Asio flammeus)


Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Male Red Grouse  (Lagopus lagopus scotica)


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Osprey on Post (Pandion haliaetus)

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

White Tailed Sea Eagle (Halaeetus albacilla)

Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Gannet (Sula bassana)

Gannet (Sula bassana) 

Shag   (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)


Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Wigeon (Anas penelope) at Sunset

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) on nest

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus)


Ever wanted to go on an expertly guided bird photography tuition trip?

Look no further than Marcus Conway  (2011 Scottish Wildlife Photographer of the Year !) who runs E-birder, great photographer and a really nice bloke too !




Tarbat Ness


Beauly Firth

Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye

Moody Light, Isle of Skye

Sunset Through Trees


Charleston,  Ross-shire

Gairloch,  Wester Ross

Callanish, Isle of Lewis

Findochty Harbour

Plockton - Wester Ross

Kessock Bridge - Inverness


Kessock Bridge - Inverness

Chanonry Ness, Fortrose



Chanonry Lighthouse - Fortrose

Chanonry Point, Fortrose

Isle Ornsay Lighthouse - Isle of Skye

Fearn Abbey - Ross-shire

Grieg Street Bridge - Inverness



Some Furry Things...



Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)


Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)


Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Baby Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) Hind in snow

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) Stag in snow

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) Stags at Dusk

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) Hinds & young at Dusk

Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus)


Highland Cow (Bos taurus)

Huskies at the Aviemore Sled Rally


 Clients Include:

The Scottish Parliament 

The Highland Council

Aberdeenshire Council

The Moray Firth Partnership

Scottish Tourist Board

Scotland & Northern Ireland Forum For Environmental Research

Tourism & Environment Forum

Historic Scotland

Rucksack Readers 

Whale & Dolphin Conservation

Marine Conservation Society


BBC Wildlife Magazine

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Natural History Museum

Ness Publishing

Readers Digest

Local, National and International Books, Newspapers, Websites & Magazines

Local Accommodation Businesses

Private Commission work a speciality 


Please contact me - Charlie Phillips -  to discuss prices and your requirements.


Mobile: 07535536993


Please become a member of Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) by clicking on the link below and help

support vital research and conservation for all the worlds Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises - especially our amazing

Bottlenose dolphins here in the Moray Firth. You can even adopt a dolphin!

 Thank You and Best Wishes - Charlie Phillips.