Chameleons of Kruger

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

These little guys are amazing creatures and it’s actually quite sad how many of them fall vicitm to cars in the Kruger National Park.  You’ll be amazed at that you see if you keep your eyes on the road.  I spotted this little Chameleon crossing the road and waited for him to get to safety before I moved along.  A lot of people were so stoked when they stopped to see what it was we were looking at and saw this little dude.

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Malachite Kingfisher with it’s Prize

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

If you sit quietly at Lake Panic Bird Hide in the Kruger National Park, you’re bound to see some cool stuff.  Having been there so many times, I’ve gotten to know the perches where these little guys like to fish from.  I managed to capture this little bird as it returned to one of the many perches it was fishing from.

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Woodland Kingfisher

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We saw these guys everywhere in the Kruger National Park.  I made it my goal to get a shot of one of them in flight.

Here’s my shot.

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White Backed Vultures

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Seeing any animal that is critically endangered is something special and rather lucky.  These Vultures, like many other species have been pushed to the critically endangered list by the ever growing meat industry which strives to take away land from the Natural world so that live-stock can use it for grazing.  As the land is used up for this, natural predators are all wipedas they pose a direct threat the live-stock and to the farmers pockets.  Since these birds are scavengers and feed on the carcasses which get left behind by the predators, it becomes harder and harder for them to survive.  Live-stock farmers have also been known to put out poisoned carcasses to kill off predators, not realising that these innocent birds will also come and feed on the same meat.  You might be wondering why I am writing such a long blog post for one photo…  Well, the answer is simple.  I care.  People need to be educated about what it is exactly they are supporting everytime they walk into a grocery store and buy that meat off the shelf.  Look a little deeper, stop covering your eyes to the realities of the destruction of our beautiful planet, stop only thinking about yourselves and start caring.  There is a lot of attention on the destruction of the Rhino in Africa at the moment but what people do not realise is that thousands of animals are dying on a daily basis, all thanks to the meat industry.

I shot this photo of these 2 Vultures on an early morning drive through the Kruger National Park in January 2014.  The silhouette of Vultures on a dead tree is something of an African icon and always a welcome photograph.

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Giraffe at Sunset.

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A Giraffe’s pattern and colors are best expressed at dusk or dawn.  That is all.

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Hyena Pup in the rain.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Always stop and chat to other people when driving around in the Kruger National Park.  They’ll tell you what they’ve seen and where it is…  Sometimes people go as far as even setting their odometers to zero so that they can measure the exact distance to a sighting.  We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff that way and it can be a life saver when you’ve been driving around all day and seen nothing.  This little Hyena Pup was hanging around his den on a rainy afternoon and it was thanks to some friendly tourists that we got to spend some time with him and watch him running around and interacting with vehicles around him.  At one point, he was even under our car and then he was licking water off one of my car’s mud flaps.  These are some of the shots I took him before and after he got wet in the rain.

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Separate ways.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

On a recent trip to the Kruger National Park here in South Africa I heard that an Elephant was shot and killed because it had showed aggression towards some tourists and destroyed their car.  No one knew the full story at the time but my gutt feeling was that the tourists had driven to close to the animal and ignored the warning signs.  Wild animals almost always give a warning before attacking, even a Bull Elephant that weighs anything from 6 to 9 tons and knows he can destroy just about anything will give a warning.  A video was eventually released showing that the toursits were being complete idiots and drove right up to the Elephant and did not back away when he turned around and showed that he was not enjoying them being that close.  Made me sad to know that his had to pay with his life because he stood his ground and the tourists had to pay a small fine of R1500.  Disgutsing actually, when you really think about it.  Anyways, I had a great time respecting and observing these giants as they came together at one of the water holes, drinking and interacting with one another and then walking off in seperate directions.

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King of the Road

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It’s always been said that the best time to photograph wildlife is either in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is low and the shadows are less.  This is totally true,  but when you don’t see anything all morning and you are still driving around closer to mid day, your next best option is to hope for some clouds…  I shot these photos of a male Lion on the side of the road while on our way to Skukuza from Satara camp.  If it wasn’t for the clouds, the shot would have been terrible!  There was a female close by but she was pretty much out of sight.  They were definitely a mating pair and I’m quite sure if we were to have hung around for an hour or 2, there would have been many more shots to be had.  I shot these with my Canon 400mm lens at F5.6.

 

Lappetfaced Vultures

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

One of the many “rules of thumb” when photographing birds is that they are best shot against a blue sky.  However, if it happens to be a cloudy day you can never go wrong with a nice contrasty Black & White image.  That is just my opinion though.  These 2 Vultures were sitting in an old dead tree, as Vultures usually do and started grooming one another…  A sight I have not often seen!

Black & White Reflection

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

I shot this photo at one of the many dams in the Kruger National Park, it was a bright day out so the colors weren’t the best but I thought it worked pretty good as a Black & White image.