As a wildlife and nature photographer one sometimes has to make do with what you are presented with as wild animals cannot be manipulated like studio items. This can very easily lead to despondence and a feeling of hopelessness if things do not go your way. (I am referring to real wildlife not the canned type). This fact does however not mean that a shot cannot be planned or that a photographer cannot go out with a certain idea or project in mind. As is the case…Continue
The Owl story continued – 2013
As a wildlife photographer that is absolutely fascinated by owls, I am fortunate to live in an area where these nocturnal birds are plentiful. I keep a detailed map in my office of all owl pairs in the area and at present I am aware of at least 10 Wood owl-, 7 Spotted eagle owl- and 3 Barn owl pairs in an 8 km radius from my home. Finding owl nests are not that easy, especially Wood owl nests as Wood owls are very secretive, but I am very pleased…Continue
This year so far were pretty hectic with very little time for photography but I grabbed at the opportunity to spend time over the weekend with the fish eagles at the nearby Nandoni dam. Like the previous occasion we were desperate to get a couple of shots of the lone overwintering Osprey but he is very shy. My friend got one shot at 1000 mm but I did not even try as it was just too far for my trusted 500 mm Sigma.
The fish eagles made up for this loss and we had several…Continue
Like every true South African bush lover, I have always loved fish eagles. Their distinctive calls are widely accepted as the trademark call of the African bush. Where we live we often hear these calls and if you are lucky you can see them circling high above the house. However it was not until mid 2009 when visiting my daughter in Vancouver, Canada that this love affair with the fish eating eagles really took off. We were fishing from a boat near Bird point retreat when we noticed a Bald…Continue