Chance sighting of a Leopard in Maasai Mara

After “Breakfast by the Hippo Pool” in Maasai Mara National Park, we headed out to scan the popular crossing points on the Mara River. En-route we saw this African elephant headed to the Mara river, probably to quench her thirst. This little fellow wasn’t to be left behind and he was hurried running after his […]

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Video: Power lines killing the last remaining Great Indian Bustards in India

On Dec. 9, researchers discovered the remains of an extremely rare bird in India’s Thar Desert, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. All that remained was a pile of bones, and large, brown feathers, fluttering beneath a power line. The dead bird, one of the last remaining wild individuals of the critically endangered great Indian […]

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Suckling Zebra calf, Spur Fowl, Bustard, Lion and more at Amboseli

While the Zebra calf suckling its mother, that we sighted at the Amboseli National Parkwas the highlight of this post, this safari had other wonderful photography moments that we cherished. One such moment was when we spotted the Yellow-throated Spurfowl. With its gorgeous banded eyes and yellow throat, it made for a beautiful capture. The […]

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Serengeti birdlife in spring

It was mid-September in the western Corridor of the Serengeti. A bit early for most of the migrants, but there were a few early arrivals. The resident avian population in the Serengeti at this time of the year is diverse and would gladden any bird lover’s heart. There was also a wide variety of habitats […]

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Great Bustard: the great show in the plains

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is one of the largest and most spectacular European birds. Mature males can attain a wingspan of 2,4 meters and a weight of 18 kg, and are among the world’s heaviest flying birds; only its African relative the Kori Bustard and the Mute Swan can dispute that title. Females are […]

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Kruger: December 2009 (Part 1)

It’s time to catch up on my backlogged trip reports again. Back in December of 2009, my wife and I took a short break to visit the Kruger National Park. We wanted to avoid the crowds so we opted to head to the far North. With it being rainy season, we knew we were in […]

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Kgalagadi: September 2009 (Part 5)

We were spending two nights in this camp – the Kalahari Tented Camp. This is the view from our verandah that night: And this is the view from the braai (“braai” is a South African word for “barbeque”). Over the ridge/dune you see in these photos lies Namibia. After the really long drive of the […]

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