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…

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…

Walking on Water

Lake Panic near Skukuza in Kruger is a foolproof photographers dream location. It’s almost impossible to sit in that hide and not come away with something worth keeping, be it birds or wildlife. Even photographing common birds like the African Jacana is a pleasure as they go about their business oblivious to your presence very…

Fast Cat Odyssey

Four years and thousands of kilometers of bumpy dusty roads is a long time and a lot of pain between Cheetah sightings. But as they say, in Africa always expect the unexpected! If you have ever driven the road between Letaba camp and Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park you will know it’s not a…

The Ghosts of the Long Grass

Lions in long grass are like ghosts. One minute you see them the next minute they are invisible behind millions of shimmering  stalks blowing in the wind. This last trip we came across a number of big cats in long grass, so as a change from the usual blah blah I thought I would try to show how well…