Dec 062017
 
Serengeti raptors

Mid-September in the Serengeti is early spring. This is too early for most of the raptor migrants, so we saw mainly residents. Migrants such as Steppe Eagles had not yet arrived. The raptors in the Serengeti at this time of the year were Tawny and Bateleur Eagles, Martial Eagles, Long Crested Eagles, an array of […]

Mar 012017
 
South Africa: Rich in National Parks

During my (relatively short, I might add) lifetime I have had the privilege of visiting the majority of South Africa’s national parks and game reserves. What a wealth of natural heritage we possess! When people from abroad look at some of the work in my photographic portfolio, they are amazed at the diversity of wildlife […]

Feb 112016
 
Video: Secretary birds stamp on their prey with great force

According to a new study published this week in the journal Current Biology, Secretary birds can kick with 195 Newtons, which is equivalent to about 5 times their own body weight, when they kill their prey. The Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large terrestrial bird of prey, which stands around 4 feet (1.2 m) […]

Jan 112013
 
My 2012 in Review

Can you believe we are sitting in the year 2013 already? Every year feels like it’s a flyer, but to me personally, 2012 felt like it went by quicker than any previous year. It’s obviously a factor of how busy you are and how much you enjoy every day of your life – if you […]

Nov 272012
 
Kgalagadi: September 2009 (Part 7)

We woke up to what was promising to be a beautiful sunrise in the Nossob river valley. We had an early coffee and struck out north towards the furthest ends of the Park. The plan was to head out towards Polentswa and make jaffels at Lijersdraai picnic spot. The sunrise was in fact glorious… We […]

Nov 082012
 
Kgalagadi: September 2009 (Part 2)

Right, let’s continue with this trip report, shall we? We’re picking up from the last episode, where we finished our morning drive from Twee Rivieren on our first full day. The heat in the middle of the day in the Kalahari is searing, so we went back for some siesta time (although our tent didn’t […]