It’s All About Background!

They say that photography is the art of capturing light. But when it comes to birds I say its all about the background. Of course its also about light, but get the background right and you are halfway there before you even press the shutter. It’s the Year of the Snake Lunar New Year holidays…

The Bishop of Marivale

What better way to spend a Sunday morning than with the Bishop of Marivale and his Choir. The Marivale wetlands near Johannesburg are a bird photographers dream. A series of nicely positioned and well maintained hides allow for great bird photography. Compared to hunking a heavy tripod and lens along Malaysian jungle trails, photographing birds…

Enraptored

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has a reputation as one of the top places to photograph Africas great birds of prey. So it was with much anticipation that we entered the park hoping to come away with a fair share of its bounty. Despite it being a short trip we were not disappointed and I can…

Cheetah Postcards

Like the lion postcard series, good photographs of Cheetah really need no explanation. These photos are of three Cheetah at a Springbok kill not far from Nossob in the early morning. We had heard that Kgalagadi is the place to see and photograph Cheetah. In Kruger National park it took four years and thousands of kilometers of…

Kgalagadi Vultures

If photographing lions in Kgalagadi is exciting, photographing vultures picking the bones of a carcass clean is exhilarating. Anyone who drives past a fresh kill is driving past an opportunity to observe and photograph Africa at its raw best. The lions may have moved on, but the Hyenas, Jackals and vultures just haven’t arrived. Because…

Viper Paradise

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to photographing snakes in the wild not knowing what kind of snake you are playing with is a bit dumb, especially when you spend twenty minutes playing with it on the end of a stick to get it positioned at the right angle for a nice shot!…

Lapwing Vs Mongoose

There is a saying that if you sit at a waterhole Africa comes to you. One day this last trip we spent five hours at a busy pan much of it watching National Geographic live in the form of a running battle between a pair of Blacksmith Lapwings and a Slender Mongoose. The lapwings had a…