The Big Guys…

Despite the horrendous levels of poaching in Africa there are still many Elephants to be seen as you journey through Kruger park – and we saw lots! Our first encounter was with a herd that were digging away in a dry river bed, looking for the hidden water below the surface. The herd had several…

False Bay Whales

Recently I went to South Africa for a wildlife fix and intended to try and get some shots of Whales breaching off the south coast. Hermanus is supposedly the centre of activity for this as the whales gather for breeding and giving birth during September-November each year. We failed to see any activity during a…

Lounging Leopards

We had two really good sightings of Leopards recently as well as a few fleeting glimpses as these beautiful creatures roamed through the bush of South Africa. Our first sighting was a rather distant ‘Leopard in a Tree’ which was just within photo range but was slightly obscured by the branches of its chosen lair.…

Kings of the Highveld

Lions. Everybody’s favourite big cat, maybe, but they certainly cause a stir when spotted in the wild. We were lucky enough to have many sightings during our trip to Kruger Park in South Africa. The highlight was most definitely the sight of a pride of Lions noisily and greedily devouring a Wildebeest carcass no more…

King of the Fishers

The Kingfishers that we have here in the UK are quite stunning little birds but the first one that I saw was in South Africa. Since that first sighting I have become hooked on the tiny beauties and have photographed them many times now. However, we only have the one species here, so when I’m…

In Search of Dragons

I spent half a day at Brockholes nature reserve where the intention was to find and photograph a number of species of Dragonflies that inhabit the reserve. I had spoken to a couple of people on the reserve Facebook page and was given some good, detailed information so I created myself a map and off…

Wetland Birds in Spring

Following on from the Woodland Birds article, this entry features the birds that can be seen at Mere Sands Wood and Martin Mere. The chicks are beginning to venture out onto the pools and ponds accompanied by their protective parents (except for the Coots that is) and they are much easier to capture photographically than…