Amur Falcon Female

You knew at once, didn’t you, that this was a female Amur falcon? Of course you did. Well, I didn’t, and though I paged up and down and sideways through Roberts and the SASOL guide I couldn’t figure it out. Until, of course, I posted the image on the SA Birdlife Facebook Group page, with a cry for help, and with minutes had my answer, from some far more knowledgeable soul who took pity on my ignorance. It is, as above, a falcon, female, which I spotted on the fence just past the Visitor’s Centre, as we entered the Marievale […]

Red-knobbed coot, Marievale

Photographed at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary on Easter Friday. The nest was directly in front of the hide.

Grey-headed gull, Marievale

Evidently something of a rarity in these parts: a Grey-headed gull, photographed at Marievale on Easter Friday.

Flight – Five Images

Little Egret – Marievale.   Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng. I left in the power lines and pylons deliberately, as well as traces of the reeds and the trees, as I wanted to give a sense of the complex environment – not stereotypical, picture-postcard countryside – in which these birds live. Nikon D500, 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.  

Skittering across the water – the (un)Common Moorhen

Marievale Bird Sanctuary is a small area of wetland, bounded by farms, distant dwellings, power pylons, a highway, about an hour’s drive east of Johannesburg, and – despite its size – home to an astonishing variety and number of birds, waterfowl in particular. The last (and only) time I had been there was about ten years ago, when my daughter Eve and I had ventured forth in the Landy, and spent a happy day in bird hides and in open country, watching and photographing the coots, cranes and other birdlife. On Easter Friday, Rob and I made a return visit. […]

Suckling warthog

As this is the only time, so far as I recall, that I’ve seen a mother warthog suckling her infants, I share this image – not as a great picture, but simply as a record. Nikon D500, 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.

Warthog Games

Two little warthog piglets were playing a robust game of catch and head-butting when we came across them at the edge of the camp in Marakele, on our first afternoon there, at the end of a game drive on which we had seen virtually nothing. Needless to say we sat for a while and watched – the mother contentedly snacking, siblings grazing, while these two little guys happily beat each other up. Made me think of my three grandsons, actually – they’re not there yet, but they will be. Taken with the Nikon D500 and 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and […]

Two giraffe and a European bee-eater

Those of you who saw my recent FaceBook post (I’m a bit ashamed to be using FaceBook right now, given the nasty political business it’s been enabling – but on the other hand, perhaps FaceBook is appropriate, given the nastiness I’m about to mention) will know that I was – thanks, Mark, for the clarification – robbed last week, in the Pretoria CBD, across the road from the National Treasury. Apart from my iPhone, nothing was lost or injured other than my dignity, which at this stage of my life doesn’t bother me too much, and my sense of personal […]

Zebra to the rescue

To maintain my sanity, or at least the appearance thereof, from time to time I have to take a break from what another photo blogger calls the work that pays the bills, and process an image. Here, as a foretaste of an upcoming posting, is just one image, of a pair of zebra in the Marakele National Park, more for my own relief than anyone else’s. I hope you enjoy the image anyway. Nikon D500, Nikon 70-300mm zoom, processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.