African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

This was not one of thoseSwooping soaringPhoto opportunities, you know,Where the bird glides in fromStage left andExits beautifullyTo the rightWith a pristinePink and silverSalmon or somethingA missile ready to launchFrom its clawFlakes of morning lightFalling from its not yet barbecuedFlesh. This was murder, a brawl in the shallowsWhich ended badlyFor the thrashing creature in the [...]

Hornbill, elephant and grey loerie – an ethical problem?

Hornbill, elephant and grey loerie – an ethical problem?

Usually when I post about wildlife photography it is simply to share my images, to comment perhaps on the choice of colour or of black-and-white, to say something about where the photographs were taken, and the circumstances - but this time I want to say a few words about something different, about the ethics of [...]

Madikwe Game Reserve – Giraffe against the Skyline

Madikwe Game Reserve – Giraffe against the Skyline

These images of Madikwe giraffe are a digression, I know, from our travels through France - and after France, there is still Istanbul to process and show - but when you are travelling light, digressions are allowed, if not in fact the real pleasure of the trip. So we will return to France, I promise, [...]

Bird photographer at dawn

Bird photographer at dawn

I will be in Brussels when this post appears, traveling for a few days on business. To keep the customers satisfied, I have scheduled this post in my absence: a photograph of a solitary photographer, reflected through the reeds, in the mirror-like waters of the vlei at Marievale - a mirror of myself, in a [...]

Easter in Toronto

Easter in Toronto

My scheduled post last weekend would have landed on your devices whilst Rob and I were in Cape Town with Jono, Hayley, Gabriel and Kathy and Thomas. This post lands as Rob and I are spending Easter back home in Toronto, Canada, with my youngest daughter Eve, her husband Shaun and our grandson Joshua. Let [...]

Flamingoes at Marievale

Flamingoes at Marievale

Flamingoes alighted on the Sunday morning at Marievale, drawing out a dozen or more of us birdwatchers and photographers, tripods and telephoto lenses lined up along the narrow road across the vlei, binoculars glinting, a palpable excitement in the air. Here is my flamingo portfolio.

Ruff formation

Ruff formation

Ruffs in formation against a blank sky make an abstract pattern, suited I think to black-and-white; but Ruffs flying low in the morning light with water and reeds as backdrop make for a different kind of image, with a different mood and feeling. Don't you think? I'll spare you the play on 'Reformation'...