PHOTO BLOG

Wildlife: White-backed Vulture
21st October 2013 - 0 comments

Not many people's favourites but nevertheless an important member of the bush - Vultures are doing very well at this time of year because many of the large herbivores are struggling to find food, and the weakest are dying off.

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Wildlife: Side-lighting
19th October 2013 - 0 comments


The striking side-lighting on this giraffe's head caught my eye the other day. I've always found giraffe a hard photo subject so seek new ways to capture them.

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Share: Lion Brawl in Daily Mail!
18th October 2013 - 1 comment

My series of images of a brawl between rival lions has made it into the UK's national press. Have a look here for a (slightly inaccurate) write-up of what happened! No I did not say that I went out to see if I "could spot the pride eating breakfast"!!

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Wildlife: Nocturnals
16th October 2013 - 0 comments

We've had some fantastic sightings of these creatures over the last few days. I was even lucky and caught an African Civet in the act of adding to his dung midden (known as a civetry) - apparently nothing escapes the gaze of a camera!

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Wildlife: A Trip to Nsefu
14th October 2013 - 1 comment

I recently took a safari to the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park. We were searching for Wild Dogs which are regularly seen in that area but they evaded us that day - such is life in the bush. Nevertheless, there was plenty else to see and the recent cloudy days had removed much of the haze from the atmosphere.

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Wildife: Looking a bit hot.....
12th October 2013 - 0 comments


... and not very regal. But so would you on a 40 degree day if you'd just recently killed a baby hippo. Forgiven.

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Wildlife: Lion Cubs - in the dark....
08th October 2013 - 0 comments

It was almost dark when I found these three cubs suckling from their mother. I pushed all the settings on my camera to eke out the last available light and managed to get some nice shots of the three.

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Wildlife: Yawn
05th October 2013 - 0 comments

As the lagoons dry up, hippos are squeezed into ever-decreasing sized pools of water and tempers fray. One way for a male to show dominance over another hippo is to display his massive canines by yawning ostentatiously.

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Wildlife: A very over-due blog...
04th October 2013 - 0 comments

It's not often that we see a sunset such as this in October. A cold front has cleared away all the dust and left us with October game viewing and April weather - astonishing.

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Photo Safari: Luangwa Classic | Flatdogs & Lion Camp | 16 - 22 Sep 2013
23rd September 2013 - 3 comments

Yesterday I finished the last of my photo safaris for the year. I have a couple more photo tours coming up in November, but September was the last of my 6-day Flatdogs Camp and Lion Camp trips. This one was a cracker with epic game viewing, great light and plenty of opportunities where the two coincided.

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Wildlife: A Beautiful Crossing
05th September 2013 - 0 comments

During the dry season, elephants cross the river regularly to access better feeding opportunities on the other side. It's always a beautiful sight, but sometimes everything comes together to give something more special.

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Wildlife: An awesome weekend...
02nd September 2013 - 0 comments

We spent last weekend up at Lion Camp in the north of the park where I run some of my photo safaris during the year (have a look at the link at the top of the page for more info).

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Wildlife: Snarling Leopards
27th August 2013 - 0 comments

I found this yearling female leopard when she had just killed a baboon. We kept well back as their adrenalin levels are very high at such a time, and their behaviour unpredictable. However her mother, an old female, was not so cautious and began to approach the carcass while the youngster was standing over it.

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Wildlife: Owl-fest
26th August 2013 - 0 comments

I recently had a group of guests who were mad-keen bird enthusiasts and hoped to get great sightings of as many species as possible. We had a lot of fun tracking down some of the Luangwa's specialities and visiting some of the less well-known areas.

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Wildlife: Head-on
20th August 2013 - 0 comments

In a very intense sighting last week, we found this young leopard and waited while she approached us. Making use of another vehicle's spotlight, we enjoyed some nicely side-lit photo opportunities.

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Wildlife: A Lion Bonanza!
18th August 2013 - 0 comments

On an all-day safari in the north of the park, we found part of a large pride of lions, known locally as the Mwamba Pride after the river which runs through their territory. It was quite late in the morning, so we decided to leave them to rest, and return when the light was softer and they might be a bit more active.

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Wildlife: River Crossing
17th August 2013 - 0 comments

We enjoyed watching this female and her calf crossing the river in the last light of evening. She was always careful to keep herself between us and her youngster, but we managed to catch glimpses of him behind her as the mother walked ahead.

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Wildlife: Waterbird Spectacle
15th August 2013 - 0 comments


As the last remaining lagoons dry up, hundreds of fish-eating birds come flock together to hoover up the remaining fish in the ever-reducing volume of water.

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Wildlife: After Dark
11th August 2013 - 0 comments

As the sun sets on another day in the Luangwa, we continue our safaris with a spotlight, seeking out creatures that are mostly active after dark. White-tailed Mongooses are a foraging predator which cover large distances at night searching for small rodents, insects and occasionally snakes.

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Wildlife: Helmeted Guinea Fowl
09th August 2013 - 0 comments

Often referred to as Silly Fowl for their apparent desire to rush out in front of vehicles on regular occasions, Guinea Fowl are nonetheless a charismatic and numerous personality in the bush! During the dry season, we find them in large flocks with their immature chicks from last rainy season.

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