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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Natal Francolin

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park is well known for it’s resident wildlife living inside the camp.  I recently spotted this Natal Francolin foraging around the restaurant area and later noticed that it only had 1 leg which it was actually managing with just fine.  These birds are very common, in and around the Kruger area.

Hippopotamus

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I’ve always thought the name, “Hippopotamus” was somewhat strange and sounded kinda funny.  It’s understandable that people prefer to call them “Hippos” as it rolls off the tongue much easier!  I recently discovered that the name “Hippopotamus” comes from the ancient Greeks and it literally means, “River Horse”.  For many years people believed that these animals were herbivores but it has quite recently been shown that will and do eat meat if the opportunity arises!  Some Hippos have even been known to kill young animals as they cross the river.  We stopped our car at the edge of a river in Kruger Park and sat there for what must have been over an hour, I had noticed these 2 bulls displaying some aggression towards one another and decided it was time to be patient and wait for them confront one another…  These are the shots I got.

Giraffe

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Definitely one of my favorite animals to watch when on Safari.  Majestic and huge, towering well over any vehicle, these animals are elegant and completely silent.  They have no vocal chords and how they communicate with one another is still a mystery to scientists the world over.  Although their necks are so long, they actually have the exact same amount of neck vertebrae as we humans have.  Males and females can be told apart by their horns.  A males horns will usually lack the tufts of fur on the ends as a result from ‘necking’ with other males in combat.  Females do not show aggression and manage to retain the fluff on their horns.

African Darter

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Unlike many other waterbirds the feathers of the African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. Because of this, the bird is less positively buoyant and its diving capabilities are enhanced. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged.  In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation it needs to dry its feathers.  I shot this picture of a Darter at the Lake Panic bird hide in the Kruger National Park, sunning his feathers after some time in the water.