Leopard in Chobe National Park

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Seeing a Leopard in the wild is probably one of the best things you can experience when on a Safari.  The only time it’s not so fun is when there are 300 tour operators loaded with tourirsts, all trying to get a glimps of the elusive cat.  We were soo lucky in Chobe when my wife, “Sarah” spotted this Leopard sleeping just on the side of the dirt track.   We were there for a long time, just enjoying the moment and shooting photos.  It’s always nice to see how excited other people are when you show them what you have spotted…  It was nice to not have one tour operator vehicle in site!

 

Black Backed Jackal

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We came across these Jackals while driving through the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana.  The morning light was perfect so we spent quite some time watching them scuffle over some old Zebra bones.

 

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!

Hyena in the Road

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

On our last trip to the Kruger National Park we came across these Hyena walking in the road.  They looked like they had had a rough night, probably stealing some food from a pride of Lions or something.  One of them was walking with a Zebra leg dangling from his jaws.  It was a comical sight as the leg swayed on the joint as the Hyena walked down the road with the other Hyenas following closely behind.  I turned my car side ways so that I could get my 400mm lens facing them as they approcahed and these are the shots I captured.

Young Bull elephant

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

There’s a big difference between seeing and Elepahnt in the Kruger National Park and encountering an Elephant in the Kruger National Park…  Especially when it’s a young bull in hot persuit of a group of females!  I can honestly say, we had an encounter with this guy!  We first spotted him walking through the bush towards the road, he soon had his trunk in the air to find out what we were all about.  The first rules on most of the brochuers is to give these guys their space, especially when they’re in musth.  Their sexual drive can find them getting very angry, very quickly!  We watched this guy get closer and closer to the road and then realized he was coming to cross, exactly where I was parked!  I started my engine and backed up a safe distance for him to cross…  Ofcourse, he decided not to cross but rather follow the road in our direction!  We endedn up backing up for about 2km’s until a tour guide showed up and managed to scare him out of the way!  It was a cool encounter to say the least!

Butterflies

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Most people go to the Kruger National Park to photograph or see the Big 5…  I go there to see and enjoy everything!  I was sitting at one of the many water holes in the park waiting for something interesting to make it’s presence when I noticed these little butterflies fluttering all over the place and landing on the grass next to the road.  It was a fresh early morning and the light was just perfect, giving the little guys a kind of glow.

Cheetah

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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.

Yellow Billed Hornbill

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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.

Tree Frog

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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!