A rare sight in the Kruger National Park, I have only seen them twice in the many times I have visited there and this was the first time I was actually able to get a shot of one standing up close enough and in good light! Shot with a Canon 600mm f4 Lens which I got from the guys at Arrow Photo to use for the week.
Before posting photos of my wildlife shots, I always like to read up about the animals and learn a bit about their behaviour etc. Turns out, while these guys look really cute and friendly, they are heavily territorial and will attack other intruders with force! Including humans! They are also a migratory species of Kingfisher and usually fly back to the Equitorial zones during the dry seasons. We spotted many of them on a recent trip to the Kruger National Park and these are some of the shots. Taken with my Canon 400mm lens(2 top images) and a Canon 600mm lens(bottom image) which the guys at Arrow Photo gave to me to try out for the week! Needless to say it was awesome!
Definitely one of my favourite birds and a true symbol of the African bush. I can sit and watch these guys for long periods as they dig around in the foliage for food and chat to one another from across the branches. These are the very birds that are engraved on my wedding ring and featured on our wedding invitations as a symbol of our love of the Africa wildlife. I shot this photo on a recent trip to the Kruger National Park, I love the setting and display of the Hornbill as he jumps around going about his daily routine.
I recently purchased a new Canon 50mm Macros Lens from Arrow Photo and took it with on a trip to Durban to celebrate my wife’s cousin’s 30th birthday and also to see their new house! One of my favourite things about Durban is the amount of wildlife that still lives in and around the gardens within the city, it’s pretty amazing! Reptiles are plentiful and with a bit pateince and time one can walk around pretty much any given garden and find some really interesting little critters. I like to spend the evenings out in the dark with my flash light, searching the ground and the trees for creatures of the night! I was hoping to find some Chameleons but I settled for this guy as I have never seen one or been lucky enough to photograph one before! He was sitting high up in a tree, outta my reach so I had to use a long palm leaf to get him down and then convince him to join me in the living room for a little photo shoot, needless to say it all went well and I had him back out in the yard on his perch in no time at all!
I’m always trying to get good shots of my cat’s eyes, needless to say that it’s one of the most difficult things ever! Cat’s get weird when a lens get’s close to their face! I recently got myself a Canon Macro lens which means I’m gonna be getting in even close to the cats! Lucky for them. I shot these 2 shots yesterday by pure luck! They were both feeling pretty lazy so they were still enough for me to snap these 2 shots of their eyes. I love my cats!
I shot this photo as part of a little article on Johannesburg for the guys over at COLOR Magazine in Canada. It’s really an awesome magazine and covers not only skateboarding but music and art as well. I know we don’t get the magazine down here in South Africa but if you’re abroad you should go ahead and pick up a copy, you’ll be happy with your purchase!