When is a rhino just a rhino?

When is a rhino just a rhino?

Sometimes a rhino is just a rhino. This big fellow, bringing up the rear of a group of white rhinos as they lumbered up a rutted track to the top of a ridge before disappearing down the other side, maintained a watchful eye as we jolted along in his wake, in the open LandCruiser, last [...]

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, [...]

Hippos of St Lucia

Hippos of St Lucia

There are more than just hippos in the St Lucia wetlands - try crocs, for instance. Between them, the hippos and the crocs make swimming a little ... unhygienic, shall we say. In any case, not good for your health. Rob and I visited in 2012, and though we saw more than a few crocs [...]

Life goes on, and then it gets better

Life goes on, and then it gets better

It has been a busy week. Last weekend we were in Cape Town, Rob and I, staying in Constantia with my mom: high tea at the Cape Grace Hotel, on a perfect afternoon at the V&A Waterfront, was a treat for us all. Sunday it was brunch with old friends Ian and Pam at the [...]

Rhino Scatalogical

Rhino Scatalogical

From the sublime (black-shouldered kite stooping, early morning, sunlit) to the frankly scatalogical: rhino pooping. Like many of us, I have seen more rhino poop on my many game drives over the years than you can shake a stick at, as the saying goes - but I have never actually caught one of these beasts [...]

Kite Stooping

Kite Stooping

We were out early one morning, in the open Landcruiser, on a game drive in Madikwe, when suddenly I saw this black-shouldered kite stooping, hovering over one spot, then moving away a bit and stopping once more to hover, the rising sun under its wings - a moment of real beauty, edged with menace. I [...]

Cheetah hunting – twenty one images

Cheetah hunting – twenty one images

We spent about two hours, I guess, that bright winter morning in Madikwe, waiting our turn to see the two cheetahs, and then moving with them, in careful stages, as they worked their way through the tall grass in an easterly arc around the flank of an approaching herd of grazing zebra. It seemed at [...]