Here are some I took with my camera:
The Europa in Belfast - one of the most frequently bombed spots back when the IRA was into its terrorism bit.
Ferreting - here's how the ferrets are transported during the hunt
Another couple shots of James carrying the ferrets. Note the shovel handle barely showing out of the gamepouch. Standard equipment for a ferret handler.
James prepares to set the ferret down at the entrance to a rabbit burrow. The box in his other hand is the beeper receiver which helps locate a stuck ferret.
What happens if the ferret gets stuck down underground? This is a little transmitter collar that sends a signal to the box in James' hand. If the ferret gets stuck, he can home in on her with the beeper. He carries a small shovel in his gamepouch and starts digging to rescue the ferret!
After the ferret goes to work, the guns look along either side of the entry hole to take a snapshot as the rabbits explode out of exit holes.
Myself and James with the ferrets and a couple rabbits.
My training partners who gave me and Drake a crash course. I had to learn UK dog language and Drake had to learn to listen to a Yankee saying "Drake" without rolling the Rrrrrrr.
From left Nigel Carville, James Toole, Lawrence and Sam Jarret. Nigel credits Sam as a mentor back when he got started decades ago. Sam is getting on in age and is a bit forgetful today. Sam and his wife hosted myself and Nigel one evening. Sam has mementos of his retriever career spanning 50 years all around his home. The most memorable to me was a 1992 photo of Sam shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth at Sherburne Castle after winning the equivalent of the US National Open.
A pair of handlers competing at the qualifying stake on Sunday. I never met these two guys but wanted to get their picture.
Neil Beckett's lab Sam with Rick, Bill's spaniel.
Nimrod's little diversion critters. They like to chase the dogs when the dogs are sent for a retrieve!
Nimrod with his dogs at his place. The older spaniel is Rick with the up and coming pup.... UK Spaniels are awesome!
Nimrod with his Garth Brooks headset (or is it a Madonna headset?) working the crowd at the Gamefair during a working dog demo.
Village of Moira in the city of Lisburn, where the Gamefair was held.
A true, historic Belfast Irish pup: