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 [...]

Red-knobbed coot

Red-knobbed coot

Spain has saturated my posts and photographs for some time now; with this series done, my eye hankers after water, marsh, sky and birdlife. So the next few posts mark a return to Marievale Bird Sanctuary, and a trawl through the images from my last visit, in November. There are flamingoes, widow birds, ducks of [...]

Pied Avocet, Marievale

Pied Avocet, Marievale

I like the harmony and balance, the silent concentration, in these photographs of pied avocets with their swooping bills wading in the waters at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary. Time for a break, I thought, in the Spanish series...  

Blacksmith Plover

Blacksmith Plover

From photographs of birds, taken during my recent field trip to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, this blog will see a change of scene, to our travels in Spain - but only when we are back, Rob and I, towards the end of September, from Andalucia and Madrid. Meanwhile here is one image - a blacksmith [...]

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

This Pied Kingfisher was hard at work when I came across him, rising from a bed of reeds, hovering, swivelling his head this way and that, wings beating madly as he looked for his dinner. I took a million photographs, the first lot using a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion, and then a [...]

Coot Chicks

Coot Chicks

These little chicks are coot, you might say. I saw them, on the vlei at Marievale, far out on the water, at the furthest reach of my 500mm telephoto, and even then I had to crop the images severely. The teeniest chicks, interestingly, were the furthest out - mere orange-beaked fluff,  beside the black hulls [...]

Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire

Here's a good one. A prisoner in a Turkish prison goes to the prison library, and asks for a particular book. The prison librarian replies, 'We don't have that book. But we do have the author.' Signs of the times, you might say - the modern dystopia. History has not ended - in fact, it's [...]

Against the light

Against the light

From the corner of the hide, you looked out across the water, directly into the light, where the coots were squabbling and giving chase, and I knew at once that this was an image made for black-and-white. I took several photographs, aware of how tricky the light was, and struggling with the heavy lens to [...]