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 [...]

Flight – Five Images

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 [...]

Skittering across the water – the (un)Common Moorhen

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 [...]

Not such good bird photos

Not such good bird photos

Bird photography is one of the most challenging areas of photography, at least in my experience. Finding them in the first place - birds, I mean - and getting them to sit still, or hover in one place, just where you want them, is the damnedest business, never mind getting your images sharp and properly [...]