PHOTO BLOG

Photoshoots: WPOTY 2014
26th February 2014 - 2 comments


This acronym may not mean much to many, but to photographers, it's a holy grail. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, sponsored by the Natural History Museum is the most prestigious of its kind.

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Wildlife: Hunting techniques of African Harrier Hawk
06th January 2014 - 0 comments

The Gymnogene (or Harrier Hawk) is odd among the raptors because it doesn't conform to the normal stereotype for a bird of prey. Slightly scrawny, with a small bill, and long gangly legs, it doesn't look much of a threat to anyone.

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Wildlife: Beautiful Cranes
03rd January 2014 - 1 comment

Surely the most elegant of all birds, I spent a long time enjoying watching a pair of Southern Crowned Cranes. After a while, they moved around so that the light was behind them and I was able to take some photos of them foraging in the grass.

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Wildlife: Cloudy days
29th December 2013 - 0 comments

It's been cloudy almost every afternoon that I've been in the park this week. It makes me realise that I do miss the guaranteed afternoon golden light of the dry season.

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Wildlife: Some old images
27th December 2013 - 2 comments

I was going through some folders of old images the other day, and came across this sequence of a lion pride feeding on a hippo carcass! Not sure why I hadn't posted them before, but here they are, in all their gory detail...

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Wildlife: Christmas in Luangwa
26th December 2013 - 0 comments

Christmas feels a little different here in the Luangwa. Hot and sweaty is the order of the day, with the high chance of rain being the only similarity with a UK Christmas.

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Wildlife: The rains....
20th December 2013 - 0 comments

I took a nice drive in the park a few days ago and was pleased to see that there's still plenty of game around. Traditionally, people think that animals move away in the rains, because they don't need to access water at the river, but in fact, many are territorial so stay around all year.

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Wildlife: Stroppy Bull
12th December 2013 - 0 comments

You would think that with all the nice new grass around, the elephants would be content to feed and not pay much attention to anything else. Not so with this young bull who showed considerable bravado and aggression towards me when I tried to take his picture.

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Wildlife: Astonishing Sunsets
25th November 2013 - 0 comments

As the rains arrive, and the storm clouds build, we get some awesome sunsets. Here's one from a week ago, and even though I've seen a thousand sunsets, I still took a number of photos of this one!

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Wildlife: Newly born elephant
20th November 2013 - 0 comments


This is the time of year for baby animals. Baboons, monkeys, impalas, puku, warthogs, and especially elephants.

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Wildlife: Suckling Giraffe
17th November 2013 - 0 comments

It's not too often that everything comes together to give a perfect scene, but I was lucky to observe one the other day. Beautiful morning light, a clean view of the animals, gorgeous colours and a lovely intimate moment....some days it seems so easy!

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Wildlife: Leopard and Hyaena
16th November 2013 - 0 comments

There's a small spring nearby where many animals drink when there's no other water around. A couple of hippos made it their home this year as well, but recently one of them succumbed to the lack of nutrition and died in the lagoon surrounding the spring.

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Private Guiding: Photo Safari with The Castle Team! | Flatdogs Camp | 8 - 13 Nov 2013
14th November 2013 - 0 comments

I've just finished a fantastic 3-day photo safari with a group of guests from Germany. Apart from being good fun, they enjoyed some great photo opportunities, and got some fantastic pictures.

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Wildlife: An afternoon with a leopard
08th November 2013 - 0 comments

I was lucky recently to find a leopard hidden in a tree early in the afternoon. She was very sleepy and had a full belly so we knew she wouldn't go far until it got nearly dark. We continued our drive and returned to the area as it was cooling down.

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Wildlife: Carmines
07th November 2013 - 0 comments

The Carmine Bee-eaters have been here in force for the last couple of months. I went to spend some time at the colony yesterday morning and took many photos which I'm still wading through. However, this one appealed to me because the flying bird just caught the light as it returned to its nest hole.

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Wildlife: Lions vs Crocodiles
24th October 2013 - 0 comments

Two lionesses had been hanging around a particular stretch of river for a couple of days and not having much hunting success. Eventually one afternoon, they managed to kill a male Waterbuck which would have sustained them for a couple of days.

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Wildlife: Some days.....
22nd October 2013 - 0 comments


....it's tiring for a lioness. Hardly surprising though, as this lioness had a very busy day.

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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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