Pietman Muller's Blog (8)

The Fish Eagle story – part 3

The last two years have been hectic, difficult and extremely busy, but  fortunately two opportunities came up in August to spend time with, and photograph fish eagles. I decided to share some of the shots as well as insights gained from this in this blog. The first opportunity came on the 9th of August while on a business trip to Hectorspruit in Mpumalanga. I made a quick visit to a farm dam to check on a fish eagle that my son in law and I have watched previously. I saw the bird…

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Added by Pietman Muller on September 11, 2017 at 17:44 — 2 Comments

A different view of Kruger – Abundance and beauty

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…

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Added by Pietman Muller on February 9, 2015 at 7:31 — 4 Comments

Photographic study of Spotted eagle owls at the nest - part 3

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…

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Added by Pietman Muller on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 — 6 Comments

Fish Eagles - the love affair - continued

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…

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Added by Pietman Muller on April 4, 2013 at 5:30 — 2 Comments

Fishing eagles – the love affair

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…

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Added by Pietman Muller on February 3, 2013 at 8:00 — 16 Comments

Vloede in die noorde van die Krugerwildtuin

Die noorde van Limpopo het geweldig baie reen gehad die afgelope week. Ons het 700mm vir die week op die plaas gemeet. die gevolg was dat riviere in vloed groot skade in die wildtuin veroorsaak het. Ek en Alma hetverlede week gaan kyk en die riviere was baie sterk in vloed en paaiegesluit. Lees meer daaroor hier:…

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Added by Pietman Muller on January 22, 2013 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

Studying Spotted eagle owls at the nest

Spotted eagle owls are our most common owl and are found in the whole of South Africa. They adapted well to human presence and are often found in gardens, even in the city! 

Spotted eagle owls will normally nest in a scraped hollow on the ground but will sometimes also make use of a fork in a large tree as in this instance. This site was used by this pair in 2010 but was not used last year.  I keep a record of all nest sites of the different owl species in our area…

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Added by Pietman Muller on October 28, 2012 at 5:57 — 10 Comments

Owl photography

Photographing nature requires patience and the photography of owls tops the list. The biggest problem is that you have to work at night which poses huge problems, especially for focusing. A further complication is that owls are more prone to the dreaded red eye syndrome than humans. The skilful use of flash to provide adequate lighting and combat red eye is thus essential to obtain decent photographs. To get this right presents a huge learning curve for me and I therefore enrolled for the…

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Added by Pietman Muller on July 2, 2011 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

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