The death of a Hippo

I have just returned from the first of our 2014 CNP Photographic Safari to the Chobe River and would like to share a special sighting with you.  One afternoon I decided to go out a bit earlier and visit an area further upstream from Kasane in the hope of finding some of the local predators or…

Backgrounds – Make or break

This blog is titled Backgrounds – Make or Break and I would like to talk about one of the most important aspects in capturing good nature images which is backgrounds and their selection. When photographing animals and birds in the wild, the background of an image is one of the key aspects that can make…

Martial attacks Guinea Fowl

As photographers every on of us has at some stage missed an incredible opportunity to get top class images be it at a sports event or on a safari somewhere.  That feeling of hopelessness as someone walks in front of your camera as you push the shutter or the animal you are tracking decides to…

A car story

I am sitting at my desk working on a variety of different tasks simultaneously while listening to 5FM and DJ Fresh.  The topic being discussed is a wreck you may have had as a car.  That set me thinking or should I say send cold shifters running down my spine of my green Audi 100…

From the largest to almost the smallest Kingfisher

To continue on from my previous post Colourful Fishers of the Chobe I am going to talk about the largest of the Kingfishers, and the 2nd smallest Kingfishers I have encountered on the Chobe River in Botswana while on a CNP Photographic Safari. The Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) is the largest of the Kingfisher species, with the females…

Colourful Fishers of the Chobe

One of my favourite and certainly most challenging birds to photograph are the Kingfishers.  On the Chobe River, with CNP Safaris, I have been fortunate to see and photograph 7 of the 9 listed Kingfisher species.  The Kingfisher species listed in Roberts for Botswana are listed below.  The two that still elude me on the…

Getting to know the Chobe Fish Eagles

I don’t think there is any uniquely African sound as the call of the African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocoder) that lets you know that you are in Africa.  The Fish Eagle is found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa with an estimated 300 000 birds spread across the area where there are large expanses of open water.  This magnificent bird…