Oban’s Kyle, 12, is snap happy

Kyle Jeffery focusses in on another shot.

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Kyle Jeffery – remember the name. He’s the 12-year-old budding amateur wildlife photographer from Oban being tipped for the top.

The self-taught S1 pupil at Oban High School got into photography around a year and a half ago and managed to turn lockdown into a positive by developing his craft.

Kyle regularly convinces supportive parents to take him out at all hours – from sunrise to sunset.

© Kyle Jeffery
© Kyle Jeffery.
© Kyle Jeffery.

Now on his third camera as he becomes more competent, Kyle hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of Morten Hilmer, the Danish nature and wildlife photographer, who has crossed the world in search of the perfect photograph.

‘I just like going out and being able to see the animals and getting photos of what I’ve seen,’ Kyle told The Oban Times.

Having wanted to see a wild otter for years, Kyle spent hours determined to photograph Ollie the Otter of Dunollie and struck gold recently after getting out when the clock was not long past 6am.

© Kyle Jeffery.
© Kyle Jeffery.
© Kyle Jeffery.

His photographs of Ollie have been added to his steadily-growing portfolio which includes deer, birds, red squirrels, Highland cattle and migratory geese.

With his own account on Instagram @kylejeffery_photography, his images have even caught the eye of organisations such as Highland Titles nature reserves which have asked to use his work.

© Kyle Jeffery.
© Kyle Jeffery.

He and mum Joy thanked Oban freelance photographer Kevin McGlynn for his advice and support.

Joy said: ‘He’s so happy behind the camera. It’s all he does at weekends and holidays, and lockdown really brought him on.’

Kevin McGlynn, aged 58, and a seasoned photographer for 40 years, had high praise for Kyle too.

‘I can see the desire in him that I had years ago and he will stay out and about for ages to get a picture. He will be a star of the future, I think,’ said Kevin.

© Kyle Jeffery.