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Africa

Sunrise in Seronera in the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo safari to The Serengeti please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Landing at Sunset

A Cape Griffon or Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), also known as Kolbe's Vulture coming in to land on a branch at sunset in Kruger. This is a composite of two images taken at the same time and location. Blended in PS and finished off in LR3. www.mariomorenophotography.com

Hapoor Sunset

Elephant silhouette captured in Hapoor Dam at sunset in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Impala

Impala silhouetted against the golden sunset light in Kariega Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.

Kariega Dream

Young Wildebeest silhouetted against the rising moon in the Kariega Game Reserve. This is a composite of two images taken in the same place in the Eastern section of the reserve. The moon was shot with a focal length of 600mm and the wildebeest at 400mm. Blended in Photoshop and tonal adjustments done in Lightroom.

Zanzibar Sunrise

Just before sunrise on the East coast of Zanzibar.

Chobe Silhouette

A young Elephant bull silhouetted against the warm setting sun while crossing from an island to mainland on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana.

Mata Mata Sunset

Wildebeest silhouetted at sunset in the Mata Mata area in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park.

Biyamiti Sunset

Giraffe silhouetted against a warm sunset along the Biyamiti river in Southern Kruger minutes before my friend John and I called it a day and headed back to camp. This was the perfect end to a long day chasing those perfect moments.

Long Neck Silhouette

Silhouette of a giraffe in the Orpen area in Kruger National Park

Okavango

A new day begins in Moremi National Park with a perfect sunrise in the delta. The silhouette of a lonely giraffe confirms that we are in Africa.

New Day in Serengeti

Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise near Seronera in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo safari to The Serengeti please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Satara

Sunset near Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Seronera Dream

Elephant walking on the open plains at sunset near Seronera in the Serengeti National Park. This image was captured with my first digital DSLR camera and it is one of my all time favorites.

The Heron Sunrise

Green Backed Heron at sunrise in Lake Panic, Kruger National Park

S T O P II

The color version.

Darter Silhouette

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa ), sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of sub-Saharan Africa. This image was captured in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa

African ...

Vulture at sunset in Kruger National Park. This image comes from a series of good moments I managed to capture that day. What makes this one special to me are the light clouds that moved in just in time to add texture and make this capture possible.

Another Day Gone ...

Sunset in Piper Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Piper Pan Blur

Sunset in Piper Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). A perfect sunset was brewing and the pan was teeming with gemsbok and springbok. As I got to the right spot on the edge of the pan I focused on this gemsbok. Well ... at least I tried to focus but the intense sunlight made the focusing system go crazy and when I switched to manual I was blinded by looking into the sun for too long so decided to go blurry on this one. In my opinion it turned out quite artistic so here it is for you to judge ...

Vulture in The Sun

Cape Vulture silhouetted at sunset in Kruger. To join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com Un Buitre del Cabo silueteado contra el sol poniente en Kruger Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico visita www.southcapeimages.com

Sunset Hornbills

Two Yellow-Billed Hornbills interacting at sunset in Kruger, South Africa.

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Birds On Time

A couple of Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) in Lake Panic in Kruger at sunrise. I was shooting hippo silhouettes in the distance when these to birds appeared in my viewfinder. They made a perfect image silhouetted against the sunrise steam in the background. This is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork.
The Egyptian Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Baboon Sundown

Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus), also known as Cape Baboons gather at sunset on the banks of a dam in Kruger National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Kalahari Blend

Two images taken at the same location in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. The wildebeest was walking over the ridge further to the right of the setting sun. First I shot the wildebeest against the bright light and then waited for the sun to set behind the ridge. Blended in PS and toned and adjusted in LR3. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Sunset Crossing

Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) crossing to mainland at Sunset from one of the islands in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Sunrise Kudu

A male kudu at sunrise in Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Rhino Sunrise

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) captured in light mist at sunrise in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Sunrise Hippos

Two hippos at sunrise in Lake Panic in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Spitzkop

Intense sunset captured from the viewpoint at Spitzkop. This is the highest point accessible by vehicle in the Knysna area. From here you can see the top of the Prince Alfred Pass, George, Natures Valley, the Knysna Heads, Sedgefield, and tons of beautiful Fynbos. Stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. If you would like to join an upcoming photo trip please visit www.southcapeimages.com

On The Move at Sunset

A Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus), also known as the Cape baboon at sunset in Kruger Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

The Serengeti

The begining of a new day on the Serengeti plains in the Seronera area with one lonely acacia tree silhouetted against the rising sun. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

The Cheetah

A Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) walking over a ridge in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. After making a kill it suddenly took of calling out for her two cubs that were nowhere to be seen. This is the original color version of a previously posted image. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Sunset Flight

A Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) coming in to perch at sunset on their favorite tree near Satara. Every day as the sun starts to set these birds gather on the branches of the same dead tree so all I had to do is wait at the right spot and just wait for the vultures to arrive one by one. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Sunset Gathering

A troop of Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus), also known as the Cape baboon gather at sunset in Kruger NP in South Africa. This image was posted over a year ago and did not get much attention so thought I would share it again. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Sunset Reflections of Chobe

Elephants (Loxodonta Africana) grazing at sunset in Chobe National Park in Botswana, on one of the many islands that appear when this river is at it's highest level. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to the Okavango please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Walking in Sunshine

Kalahari lions ( Panthera leo ) walking on the Nossob dry riverbed in golden early morning light just after sunrise. Image captured near Nossob camp in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Baboon at Sunset

A Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus), also known as the Cape baboon, silhouetted against a golden sunset in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

The Magic of Chobe

An Elephant ( Loxodonta africana ) crossing over to mainland in the golden hours where magic happens. Image taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Patient Vulture

A Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) silhouetted at sunset in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Cabarceno Silhouette

A silhouette of a Cantabrian Brown Bear captured in Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain during a fascinating 2 day tour with Marina Cano. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com For Cabarceno Workshops with Marina Cano contact : marinacano@photo.net

The Giraffe & The Moon

A new addition to my series of composite images " The Moon and Wildlife " This time it's a Giraffe silhouette captured at sunset in Kruger blended with a rising full moon. If you would like to join me on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Praying Mantis

A silhouette of a Praying Mantis ( Sphodromantis viridis ) captured against bright green vegetation in Knysna, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

Follow Me Son . . .

Female Elephant ( Loxodonta africana ) and calf crossing over to mainland at sunset in Chobe National Park, Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Cape Vulture Silhouette

A Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) at sunset in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Lion Thinking ...

Portrait of a lioness in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park

Calling

Cheetah ( Acinonyx Jubatus ) in Orpen, Kruger National Park

Leopard Stalk

Leopard stalking impala below that were completely unaware of the predator's presence. Eventually after a tense moment nothing happened … The impala just carried on to live another day and the leopard retired to rest some more.

Just What I Needed ...

Two young male lions interact. Image captured south of Satara in the Kruger National Park.

Lions of Satara

A young male lion and a lioness captured near Satara in Kruger National Park. The light conditions were terrible as it was early in the morning, very cloudy and some rain. Their pose made up for the poor conditions.

Strange Behavior . . .

A lioness drinks off one of the tar roads in Kruger after a heavy downpour. This image shows clearly the impact that humans have on wildlife behavior. Having said this… if it wasn't for parks like Kruger it would be difficult for most people to be able to experience wildlife and become aware of how important it is to preserve nature and it's wildlife.

Dangerous Yawn

A couple of young male lions waking up from a midday nap. Image captured near Satara in Kruger National Park.

Lion Stare

Young male lion staring over another lion. Image captured in Kruger National Park near Satara.

Lion Land

Six lion cubs play in an open area on the banks of Nsemani Dam under the watchful eye of two lionesses. Image captured near Satara in Kruger National Park. I chose this composition so I could capture the whole pride in their enviroment.

Portrait of a King

Portrait of a lion in Moremi, Botswana.

The Hunter

A leopard in a tree stalking a passing herd of impala completely unaware of the threat coming from above. Captured in Kruger National Park near Satara. Please look at " The Whole Picture " (http://500px.com/photo/2035085) to get an idea of what was going on .....

Okavango feast

Lioness feeding on a buffalo kill in Moremi National Park, Botswana

Good Morning Nossob

Lion (Panthera Leo) In Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa

Sunset Stalking

Lioness stalking a group of Lechwe on the other side of a flooded area in the Okavango Delta in Moremi National Park, Botswana.

Thirsty Lion

A young male lion drinking at a waterhole near Naabi Hill in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Kalahari Lion

Young male lion in Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa.

Leaving me behind

Two Lions (Panthera Leo) walking in the morning sun in The Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa

Tense Moment

Lions at a buffalo kill. Tension is high. The mission was to get the lion in focus but with all the tension and the buffalo's horn in the way I couldn't manage. I think it still works as it shows lion behavior quite nicely.

Bloody Portrait

Lion Portrait while feeding on a kill

Lion Eyes

Portrait of a Lioness ( Panthera Leo ) in Satara, Kruger National Park

Expression ...

A lioness (panthera leo).Image taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa If you want to join us on our next photo safari to Kruger go to The Big Cats Retrato de una leona ( Panthera Leo ) en el Parque Nacional de Kruger. Si quieres unirte a nosotros en el próximo safari a Kruger visita Los Grandes Felinos

Scruffy Cubs

Two lion cubs (Panthera Leo) with a very scruffy appearance after feeding on a wildebeest kill. Image captured in Kruger, South Africa If you want to join us on our next photo safari to Kruger go to The Big Cats Retrato de dos cachorros de león. Imagen tomada en Kruger Si quieres unirte a nosotros en el próximo safari a Kruger visita Los Grandes Felinos

Future King

A young male lion portrait ( panthera Leo ) taken near Satara in Kruger, South Africa If you would like to join our next Photo Safari to Kruger please go to The Big Cats

Angel Eyes

A young lioness (Panthera Leo) poses beautifully with an angel like face. Image captured in Kruger. If you want to join us on our next photo safari to Kruger go to The Big Cats Retrato de una leona (Panthera Leo) con cara angelical. Imagen tomada en Kruger Si quieres unirte a nosotros en el próximo safari a Kruger visita Los Grandes Felinos

A Young King

Lion Cub (Panthera leo) in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Join us on our next exciting Kruger tour by visiting The Big Cats

Focused

A young male Lion (Panthera Leo) with a very determined look on his face. Image was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park during the summer months hence the lush green grass surrounding him. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Lion On The Rocks

A lioness ( Panthera Leo ) keeps an eye on the open plains below. Image captured in Kruger during our last photo safari. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit The Big Cats

Kruger Lion

Young male lion ( Panthera Leo ) captured near Satara in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Join us on our next photo tour to the heart of Kruger by visiting : www.southcapeimages.com

What is that ??

A Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) captured in Piper Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Lions at Sunrise

Two lions ( Panthera Leo ) walk accross the Nossob dry riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. If you would like to join me on an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.mariomorenophotography.com

Nobody can see me now . . .

An image of a leopard with a bit of humour . He believes he is completely out of sight ... Image captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

Makepisi

Portrait of a male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) named Makepisi. Image captured at night in Motswari Private Game Reserve during our recent photo safari to the Timbavati Nature Reserve which is in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit : If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit The Big Cats You can purchase this image at Pour Mon Mur

INGWE At Night

Ingwe is the Zulu word for Leopard. All African tribes regard the leopard as an animal that symbolizes all that is noble, courageous and honorable. In this image a young male Leopard looks into the camera during a night session on our last photographic safari to Motswari in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, one of the jewels of Greater Kruger in South Africa known to be one of the best places on earth to photograph leopards in the wild. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit : The Big Cats

Lion in The Night

A male Lion ( Panthera leo ) captured during a night drive on our last photo safari " The Big Cats " in Greater Kruger, South Africa. This is one of two independant males that are currently patroling the Timbavati Reserve causing a bit of a stir among the lion population. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats The Big Cats

Leopard Yawn

A female Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) named Rock Fig jr. gives us a Big yawn. Image captured in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in South Africa during arecent photo safari. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

Leopard in The Dark

Makepisi, a male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) from Motswari Private Game Reserve captured at night on the first game drive of our recent " Big Cats " photographic tour to Graeter Kruger. For this image a spotlight was used to cast some light on this magnificent feline. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

A Wet Lion

A Lion ( Panthera leo ) staring right at me. Image taken in the Lebombo area in Kruger just after a heavy shower hence the soaked appearance of this predator. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Makepesi Pose

Makepesi, a resident male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) in the Motswari Private Game Reserve poses nicely for us during the last " Big Cats " photo safari to Kruger, South Africa organized by South Cape Images. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

Lynx Portrait

A portrait of an Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Image taken at Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Big Cat Behavior

A mating couple of Lions ( Panthera leo ) captured in early morning light in Kruger, South Africa. Image taken during my recent visit to KNP which I found incredibly green after the heavy rains and flooding occurred in this area. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

Lion of Motswari

One of two nomadic male lions ( Panthera leo ) that are currently patroling the Timbavati causing a bit of a stir among the existing lion prides in this area. Image captured just before the sun went down during our last " Big Cats " photo safari. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Eye Contact

A Lion ( Panthera leo ) looking staright into the camera making perfect eye contact. Image taken in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Eye of The Predator

A close up image of a Lion's eye. Image taken in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is a 50% crop of the original image. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : ” The Big Cats “

The Lioness II

A Lioness ( Panthera leo ) from the Jacaranda pride in the Timbavati posing nicely on a termite mound. This is the original color image of a previously posted High-Key version. Taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming " Big Cats " Tour to Motswari please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Lion Profile

Profile portrait of a young male Lion ( Panthera leo ). Image captured in Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to The Okavango please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Cheetah Portrait

A Cheetah portrait ( Acinonyx jubatus ) captured in warm morning light in the Orpen area in Kruger National Park. This is the only large-sized feline with non-retractable claws and pads that, by their scope, disallow gripping (therefore cheetah cannot climb vertical trees, although they are generally capable of reaching easily accessible branches). The cheetah, however, achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal—between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Ingwe

A resident male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) in the Motswari Private Game Reserve. Ingwe is the Zulu word for leopard. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

Mean Eyes ...

A male Lion ( Panthera leo ) with an intimidating look in his eyes. Image taken Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to The Okavango please visit : The Delta Experience

The Guardian

A lion ( Panthera leo ) guards a buffalo kill from nearby hyenas and jackals. Image captured in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Leopard under the spotlight

Portrait of a male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ). Thisis our famous Makepesi. Image was taken in Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa. This is our preferred location for our photographic safaris as the leopard sightings are among the best in Southern Africa. If you would like to join our next " Big Cats " photo tour to Kruger go to : The Big Cats

Kalahari Predator

A young male Lion ( Panthera leo ) keeping an eye on the rest of the pride. Image taken along the Auob dry riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please go to : www.southcapeimages.com Buy Fine Art prints at Pour Mon Mur

Leopard Kill

A Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) with an impala kill in a tree. Image taken in the Biyamiti area in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Kruger please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

Motswari King

One of two nomadic male lions ( Panthera leo ) that are currently patrolling the Timbavati causing a bit of a stir among the existing lion prides in this area. Image captured just before the sun went down during our last " Big Cats " photo safari. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit The Big Cats

Lynx on a rock

An Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Image taken at Cabárceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, Spain during a 2 day workshop hosted by Marina Cano. Cabárceno park develops two roles: The first related to the conservation of endangered species and the second one related to environmental education. One of the issues that justifies the existence of places like Cabárceno today, in addition to the conservation of endangered species, is undoubtedly the ability to undertake research to assist the conservation of these species. For wildlife photographers it's a fantastic place to capture images of animals that are extremely difficult to find in the wild like the Lynx and the Brown Bear. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Spotted Beauty

Rock Fig Jr., a resident female Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) in the Motswari Private Game Reserve poses nicely for us during the last " Big Cats " photo safari to Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger please go to : The Big Cats

Timbavati Lioness

One of the two independant lionesses ( Panthera leo ) of the Jacaranda pride poses nicely on a termite mound. Image taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa during our last The Big Cats photo tour to the Timbavati Reserve. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Motswari Beauty

A female Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) named Rock Fig jr. poses beautifully. Image captured in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming " Big Cats " tour in Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Leopard Walk

A female Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) named " Rock Fig jr. " walking passed our game drive vehicle in the Motswari Private Game Reserve during a private photo safari I conducted recently. This wildlife paradise is part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve and one of the best areas in Africa to photograph these elusive cats. Motswari is situated on the Western border of Kruger NP in South Africa. I have posted a High Key version of this image before and thought that it would be good to show a color version. This has also been processed to darken the background as it was very busy and distracting. The focus here must be on the stunning pose and beauty of this leopard. Hope you like this " Fine Art " image. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Lynx On The Move

An Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) moving slowly under heavy rain. Image taken at Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain while on a two day workshop lead by Marina Cano. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com For Cabarceno Workshops with Marina Cano contact : marinacano@photo.net

The Leopard

Portrait of a male Leopard ( Panthera pardus ) captured in Motswari Private Game Reserve which is located in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Timbavati please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Fierce Yawn

A young male Lion yawns. Image taken during a recent private tailor made photo tour to Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Rock Fig Pose

A female Leopard posing nicely in a beautiful setting. Image taken in Motswari Private Reserve in the heart of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in South Africa. This is arguably the best place in Africa to photograph these beautiful cats. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Big Cat Portrait

A portrait of a very good looking lioness in Motswari, South Africa. Image taken during a recent photo tour to this natural treasure in the Timbavati Nature Reserve. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Lion Eyes

A young male lion stares straight into my camera. Image taken in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Trunk & Tusk

A close Up image of an Elephant trunk and tusk. Image taken in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Chobe Silhouette

A young Elephant bull silhouetted against the warm setting sun while crossing from an island to mainland on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana.

Big Tusker

A large Elephant Bull ( Loxodonta Africana ) captured in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Male elephants can weigh up to 6 tons and stand 10 ft tall. They will leave the herd at an age of 12-15 years old to lead a solitary life. They might join other lonely males at times but will interact with other elephants at water holes.

Jones Dam in Gold

Elephant playing in the water at sunset. A golden moment captured in Jones dam in Kruger National Park.

Clash Of The Titans

Two male elephants (Loxodonta Africana) measuring up at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Elephant Portrait

Portrait of a young male Elephant. This was originally posted 4 months ago ...... Now another version with enhanced toning.

All Elephant ...

A close up image of a herd of elephants (Loxodonta Africana) in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

I Can Manage !

An elephant calf (Loxodonta Africana) stretches it's trunk out to the maximum to drink at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

Elephant Smile

A young Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) appears to be smiling. Image captured at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa

Elephant Land

A herd of Elephants leaving Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

I'm A Fountain !

A young elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Sprays himself with water at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Herd On The Move

An elephant Herd ( Loxodonta Africana ) moves on after spending some time refreshing and drinking at Hapoor dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Stop Right There !

Two elephants (Loxodonta Africana) interacting at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

Let's Stay Together ...

Two adult elephants (Loxodonta africana) interacting at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Elephant Interaction

Two young elephants interacting at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

I Got Your Back !

Two Elephant calfs play in the Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

African Eden

An elephant cow and her calf drink at Nsemani Dam near Satara in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephants of Chobe

Elephants drinking in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Let Me Get Up !!!

Two young elephants (Loxodonta Africana) playing at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Little Big Boy

An Elephant calf ( Loxodonta Africana ) in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

OOPS !

A young elephant tries to keep it's balance while drinking at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Elephant Highway

An elephant walking on one of the tar roads that connect the main camps in Kruger National Park. Elephants in Kruger often use the roads to travel as they are free of vegetation and simplifies transport. Smart Guys !

Kruger Dimension

Elephant walking on a dry river bed in southern Kruger National Park. What I find special about this image is that it shows the incredible size of the tree close to the elephant which was only a few meters further. Most times we don't realize how big they are until we have a reference.

Curly Trunk

Close Up Image of an Elephant's trunk. Image captured in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Join us on an upcoming photo safari by visiting www.southcapeimages.com

Addo Portrait

A portrait of a young bull elephant (Loxodonta Africana) captured in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elepnat National Park, South Africa

Running In The Rain

Young Bull Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) running around under the rain. Image captured in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Red Elephants

Young Bull Elephants ( loxodonta africana ) interacting at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park. The red color of their skin is due to a mud bath of the same color.

Addo Playtime

Two elephants ( Loxodonta Africana ) interacting very playfully at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park. If you would like to join us on the next photographic safari to Addo please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Elephant on the Run ...

This Elephant suddenly started running down the path towards Hapoor Dam as if it was the first time he had seen water in months. Image captured during our last trip to Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Want to join us on our next photo safari to Addo ? Go to www.southcapeimages.com for more info. Este Elefante comenzo a correr de repente hacia el abrevadero como si no hubiese visto agua en meses, Imagen capturada en Hapoor Dam en el Parque Nacional de Addo en Sudafrica. Quires unirte a nuestro próximo safari fotografico a Addo ? Visita www.southcapeimages.com para mas informacion.

BIG Love ...

Two elepants (Loxodonta Africana) interact at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Join us on our next photo safari to Addo. Go to www.southcapeimages.com

I Dare You ...

Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) with an intimidating attitude towards me as it seems that I was in his desired path. I was on the bank of the Chobe River in northern Botswana, capturing a herd of elephants that was slowly making it's way back to mainland. This young bull decided to take another route that led him straight to me. I stood my ground until the very last minute which made him a little nervous. An exciting moment …. If you would like to join our next exciting photo safari to Botswana visit www.southcapeimages.com Elefante con una actitud amenazante debido a que considero que yo estaba en su camino. Esta imagen fue tomada mientras fotografiaba un grupo de elefantes que volvía a tierra firme. Este individuo decidió tomar una ruta alternativa que pasaba justo por donde yo me encontraba. Me mantuve quieto hasta el ultimo momento lo que puso al elefante un poco nervioso. Uno de esos momentos perfectos ... Si te quieres unir a nuestro próximo safari fotográfico a Botsuana visita www.southcapeimages.com

Elephants Of Kruger

An elephant herd (Loxodonta Africana ) walks towards us in Kruger, South Africa.This is the color version of a previously posted monochrome image. Join us on the next Kruger photo safari by visiting The Big Cats

Close Friends

Interaction between two elephants ( Loxodonta Africana ) at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. Image captured during our last photo tour to this incredible place for elephant photography. Join us on the next photo tour to Addo to capture these magnificent gentle giants. Elephants of the Eastern Cape Dos elefantes en plena interaccion en Hapoor Dam en el corazon del Parque Nacional de los Elefantes de Addo en Sudafrica. Unete a nosotros en nuestro próximo safari fotográfico a Addo donde podrás fotografiar a estos magníficos gigantes. Elefantes del Eastern Cape

Addo Youngster

Young male Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park , South Africa. Join our next Addo Photo Safari in December 2012 Elephants of the Eastern Cape

Elephant in Kruger

A Bull Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) comes close to our vehicle after drinking at a nearby waterhole. Image captured in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Hapoor Elephant Sunset

Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) At sunset at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. If you want to join our next photo tour to Addo please go to : Elephants of the Eastern Cape

Golden Chobe

Female Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) and calf at sunset in Chobe National Park, Botswana. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Botswana go to : The Delta Experience

Wait For Me ...

Two young elephants interact at hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Join us on our next photo safari to Addo by visiting Elephants of the Eastern Cape

Walking Behind Mom

A baby Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana ) walking behind it's mother in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Addo Interaction

A female and male elephant interact in Addo Elephant National Park , South Africa. If you would like to join our next photo safari to Addo please visit : www.mariomorenophotography.com

Elephants of Chobe

An Elephant crossing the Chobe River from one of the many islands. Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Addo Plains

A small herd of Elephants ( Loxodonta Africana ) grazing on the plains of Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. To join an upcoming photographic safari go to : www.mariomorenophotography.com

Clash of The Titans

Two Elephant bulls ( Loxodonta africana ) measuring up in one of their often clashes to show dominance. Image taken at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Addo please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Close Contact

Two Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) in very close contact, something that is very common during their daily interaction. Image taken in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Addo please visit www.southcapeimages.com

The Tusk

A close up image of an Elephant's tusk. Image captured in Chobe National Park, Botswana. If you would like to join us on the next " Botswana Explorer " photographic safari please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Playing in The Rain

An Elephant calf playing in the rain. Image taken in Cabarceno Nature Park in Spain. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com The goverment of Cantabria has done an amazing job with this park which has two main roles : one related to the conservation of endangered species and the other one related to environmental education. It is also known for the semi-freedom of their animals and botanical routes. In this park life develops in the best natural environment to the animals that inhabit it. Except for food provided to them, the rest of the activities are marked by their almost total freedom and instinct. Almost all of them trigger fights and the mating season is marked by struggles for control of females and, of course, the rest of their senses are as wild as in their natural habitat. Today, because of its sheer quality, the facilities of the nature park of Cabárceno are among the most valued by organizations that monitor the living conditions of animals. Special attention is paid to behavioral studies of the male African Elephant, verifying by non-invasive hormone profiles the reason for the highly aggressive behavior shown at certain times of the year, specially during the mating season. This phenomenon known by the name of "Musth" is when males are more dangerous and cause the majority of accidents that happen with caretakers in zoos and in Africa with the human population in rural areas. A BIG thanks to Marina Cano for introducing me to this wonderful place.

Elephants at The Dam

A small herd of Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) drinking at a dam in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Chobe Giants

Two Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) drinking in the Chobe River in Botswana's Chobe National Park. This is a great photographic destination where you can capture these giants in a stunning natural setting. If you would like to join an upcoming Okavango photo safari please visit The Delta Experience

Hapoor Interaction

Two Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) interact at Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park. Some of the best Elephant photography is possible in this park thanks to very calm animals that allow you to get really close without disturbing them. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

The Eye

Close up image of an elephant's eye. Captured in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

BIG boy

Addo's Big Tusker ( Loxodonta africana ) making his way towards Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in SOuth Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Going for a drink ...

An Elephant ( Loxodonta africana ) approaches Hapoor Dam in Addo Elepant National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Addo Love

Two Elephants ( Loxodonta africana ) in very close contact, something that is very common during their daily interaction. Image taken in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Addo please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

I Can't See !!!!

Two Elephant bulls ( Loxodonta africana ) measuring up in a friendly wrestle. Image taken in Hapoor Dam in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Addo please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Tusk

A close up image of an Elephant's Trunk and Tusk in warm late afternoon light in Chobe National Park in Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Tenderness II

My friend John Deakin posted a stunning B&W version of this moment 500px.com/photo/3648870 and I am now sharing my color version of this portrait of a female giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) with her calf captured in the Kariega Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Mothers with calves will gather in nursery herds, usually consisting of two or more infants and/or juveniles and their mothers moving or browsing together. Mothers in such a group may sometimes leave their calves with one female while they travel to other areas. This is known as a "calving pool". Calves appear to have strong social bonds, facilitating social cohesion in nursery groups. Males play almost no role in raising the young. The young are vulnerable to predators. A mother giraffe will stand over her young and kick at a predator that comes near. Giraffes only defend their own young; they form calving herds for selfish reasons. A mother has a strong maternal bond with her calf, lasting until her next calving. Calves suckle for 13 months and continue to associate with their mothers for another 2–5 months.

Kariega Plains II

A female Giraffe and calf in the open plains of Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa. This is the original color version

Giraffe

A giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) portrait captured close to Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Giraffe

A portrait of giraffe as she walked passed. Image captured in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

Giraffe in the Sky

Portrait of a giraffe using a low angle. Captured in Kruger National Park

Giraffe

Giraffe portrait.

Giraffe

A giraffe silhouetted against a moody afternoon sky in the Lower Sabie area in Kruger National Park

Mother & Son

A giraffe with a calf captured in the Kariega Game Reserve in The Eastern Cape, South Africa If you would like to join us on our next Kariega photo safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Running On Water

Giraffe ( Giraffa Camelopardalis ) running over a flooded area in Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of The Okavango Delta. This image was taken during our 2010 tour to the Delta. We were lucky to experience the highest water level in the past 25 years. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Okavango photo trip visit www.southcapeimages.com

Giraffe on The Auob II

Giraffe walking along the dry riverbed of the Auob River in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. This is the color version of a previously posted image. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

The Chase

A Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) running across a flooded area in the Moremi Game Reserve, the heart of the Okavango in Botswana. What I like about this image is that it seems that the small oxpecker is chasing the big giraffe when in fact it was running away from me and my camera. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

2 Headed Giraffe !!!

Two Giraffes ( Giraffa camelopardalis ) appear as one with two heads. Image taken in the Biyamiti area in Kruger National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Motswari Silhouette

A silhouette of a Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) at Sunrise near Argyle Dam in the Motswari Private Game Reserve during a recent " Big Cats " photo safari to Kruger. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

Kariega Giraffes

A female Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and calf on the open plains of the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Kruger Habitat

A Giraffe preparing to drink in a beautiful lush area of the Kruger National Park. This is one of the most tense moments for these animals as they are forced to let their guard down. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Giraffe in The Clouds

A portrait of a male giraffe captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Black Rhino

A portrait of a Black Rhinoceros or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) captured in Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa.This is a species of rhinoceros, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the Rhino was referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance.

Good Looking Rhino !

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) captured in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

White Rhinos

A female rhino and calf near Biyamiti in Kruger National Park.

Rhino Day

Morkel Erasmus posted a beautiful image of a black rhino in support of the World Rhino Day 2011 which is today. I want to follow his example by posting this image of two beautiful white rhinos in their natural habitat roaming freely just like they are meant to be. Lets all hope that ruthless poaching comes to an end ....

Wrong Way Guys !!

Two baboons running away from a rhino not realizing that they are running into two other rhinos that have just showed up at the waterhole. Funny moment ...

Kruger Rhinos

Female White Rhino and calf (Ceratotherium simum) in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Let's go son ...

After allowing a few shots ..... mother and son Rhino walk away into the bush in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

Black Rhino

A Black Rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

The Rhino & The Oxpecker

A White Rhino ( Ceratotherium simum ) being groomed by an Oxpecker ( Buphagus africanus ) while taking a nap. Image taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Zebras Of Kariega II

Zebras grazing on the open plains of Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. this is the color version of a previously posted image.

Morning Zebra

A young Zebra in early morning light. Image captured in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

AGITATION

Zebras acting very nervous due to crocodiles stalking them in a river in the Seronera area in Serengeti National Park.

Zebra Abstract

Abstract portrait of a zebra. Image was captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Waterhole

Gathering of animals at Nsemani Dam near Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

A Day at The Waterhole

Zebras and wildebeest in a drinking frenzy at a waterhole near Seronera in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The migration is on full swing at this stage making it's way north towards the lush plains on the other side of the Mara River in Kenya. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Stripes

A close up portrait of a Plains Zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli), also known as the common zebra or Burchell's zebra. It is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. This image was taken in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com You can purchase this image at Pour Mon Mur

Nsemani

Local wildlife residents gather at Nsemani Dam to quench thirst. Image taken in the Satara area in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Kruger please visit : www.mariomorenophotography.com

Zebra Plains

A Plain's Zebra (Equus quagga, formerly Equus burchelli), also known as the common zebra or Burchell's zebra, on the open plains of the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

Grevy's Eye

A close up image of a Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the imperial zebra. It is the largest wild equid and the largest and most endangered of the three species of zebra, the other two being the plains zebra and the mountain zebra. It is named after Jules Grévy and is found in Kenya and Ethiopia. Compared with other zebras, it is tall, has large ears, and its stripes are narrower. Image taken at Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

Laughing Zebra

A Plains Zebra captured while interacting with another zebra. Image taken in Kruger National Park If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

Zebra in Gold

A Plains Zebra captured in golden light in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Image was taken during a recent short visit to Kruger to see the effect of the heavy rains and flooding that has hit this area. Never seen it so lush and green with all the rivers, streams and dams filled up. An amazing site to see although a lot of damage has been done and many roads and some camps are still closed. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari to Kruger please go to : ” The Big Cats “

Savute Zebra

A portrait of a Plains Zebra ( Equus quagga ) captured during the migration that occurs twice a year in Chobe National Park in the Savute region. The Savute Marsh area where this image was taken, 10,878 km² large, constitutes the western stretch of the park (50 km north of Mababe Gate). The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movements. This region is indeed reputed for its annual migration of zebras and predators. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Botswana please go to :

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  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO 100
  • Canon EOS 5D MKII
  • Morning Zebra

    A Zebra calf ( Equus quagga ) in warm morning light. Image taken in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Addo please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Mother Love

    A Plains Zebra with her calf in golden evening light. Image taken just North of Satara in Kruger National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Kudu Portrait

    Portrait of a Kudu bull in Kruger National Park

    Impalas of Kariega

    Impalas captured in the morning mist on the bank of the Bushman's River in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

    Gemsbok In The Mist

    Gemsbok also known as Oryx in early morning mist on the banks of the Bushman's River in the Kariega Game Reserve.

    Kudu Curiosity

    A male Kudu captured in Kariega Game Reserve, Esaten Cape in South Africa

    Waterbuck

    A young waterbuck poses in south Kruger near Biyamiti

    Walking Solo

    A red hartebeest walking alone and silhouetted against a striking blue sky dotted with clouds in the Karoo National Park

    Impala By The Dam

    Impala at a dam in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Kgalagadi Wildebeest

    Lonely wildebeest walking on the Auob dry riverbed at sunrise in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa

    I'm Going Home ...

    A female Impala on the plains of Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

    Lechwe

    The Lechwe, or Southern Lechwe, (Kobus leche) is an antelope found in Botswana, Zambia, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, north-eastern Namibia, and eastern Angola, especially in the Okavango Delta, Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamps. Lechwe stand 90 to 100 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh from 70 to 120 kilograms. They are golden brown with a white belly. Males are darker in colour, but general hue varies depending on subspecies. The long spiral structured horns are vaguely lyre-shaped, they are found only in males. The hind legs are somewhat longer in proportion than in other antelopes, to ease long-distance running in marshy soil. Lechwe are found in marshy areas where they eat aquatic plants. They use the knee-deep water as protection from predators. Their legs are covered in a water repelling substance allowing them to run quite fast in knee-deep water. Lechwe are diurnal. They gather in herds which can include many thousands of individuals. Herds are usually all of one sex but during mating season they mix. These two are keeping an eye on us as we try to dig our vehicle out of the mud. This is the price you pay when trying to get closer and closer. The image was captured in perfect golden light in the Khwai River area in Moremi National Park, Botswana.

    Blesbok

    Blesbok (Damaliscus Pygargus Phillipsi) at Sunrise on the Rooiplaat Loop, Mountain Zebra National Park

    Into The Bush

    Impala

    Drama Rut

    Two Impala Rams engaged in an epic battle. During the rutting season there is a lot of intense moments like this. The blur just adds to the drama.

    Kgalagadi Gemsbok

    Gemsbok also known as Oryx silhouetted in Kalahari golden light at sunset in the Auob river in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa

    Big Boy

    Buffalo Portrait

    Anybody Home ???

    Red-Billed Oxpecker feeding on ticks inside a female impala's ear who does not seem to be bothered at all. Image captured in Kruger, South Africa Next Photo Safari to Kruger in July - August 2012 The Big Cats Un Picabueyes de pico Rojo se busca alimento dentro de la oreja de una impala a la que no parece molestarle los picotazos de esta ave. Proximo Safari Fotografico a Kruger en Julio y Agosto 2012 Los Grandes Felinos

    Oryx Symmetry

    Two Oryx measuring up on the dry riverbed of the Auob River in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa You can join us on an upcoming Photo Safari by visiting www.southcapeimages.com

    A Kalahari Morning

    A Gemsbok or Oryx on the Auob dry riverbed on misty morning in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. To join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com Un Oryx en el rio Auob en Kgalagadi Transfontier Park en Sudafrica Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico visita www.southcapeimages.com

    Impala in Gold

    A common Impala ( Aepyceros melampus ) in golden light in Kruger, South Africa. This is the most abundant antelope on the african continent and due to this abundance very little attention is paid to this beautiful animal. The name impala comes from the Zulu language meaning "gazelle". They are found in savannas and thick bushveld in Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, northeastern South Africa and Uganda. The Masai Mara in Kenya is where the largest herds can be found. Females and young form herds of up to two hundred individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories. Females pass through the territories that have the best food resources. Territorial males round up any female herds that enter their grounds, and will chase away bachelor males that follow. They will even chase away recently-weaned males. A male impala tries to prevent any female from leaving his territory. During the dry seasons, territories are abandoned, as herds must travel farther to find food. Large, mixed tranquil herds of females and males form. Young male impalas who have been made to leave their previous herd form bachelor herds of around thirty individuals. Males that are able to dominate their herd are contenders for assuming control of a territory. The breeding season of impalas, also called rutting, begins toward the end of the wet season in May. The entire affair typically lasts approximately three weeks. Join our next photo safari to Kruger in July ! Visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Impala In The Mist

    Impala in early morning mist in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Kudu

    A Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) captured in the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. This is a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa. Despite occupying such widespread territory, they are sparsely populated in most areas, due to a declining habitat, deforestation and hunting. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Kalahari Duel

    Two Gemsbok or Oryx measure up in the Auob dry riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Auob Sunrise

    A Gemsbok or Oryx ( Oryx gazella ) at sunrise on the dry Auob riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Blesbok at Sunrise

    The Blesbok ( Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi ) is an antelope found in South Africa and Lesotho. It occurs naturally in the Fynbos and Renosterveld areas of the Western Cape. This image was captured in the early hours on the Kanonkop loop in The Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    I am a Steenbok

    A female Steenbok ( Raphicerus campestris ) portrait taken in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Impala Symmetry

    Two male Impalas (Aepyceros melampus) about to start sparring. Image taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger during our recent photo tour. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Impalas at The Waterhole

    Impalas drinking at a waterhole ….. a very tense moment for these animals as they become vunerable to predators. Image taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve which is part of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Motswari Love

    Two Male Impalas (Aepyceros melampus) seem to be kissing. This is an optical effect as they are not exactly at the same distance from the camera. Image taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger during our recent photo tour. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Affection

    Two young female and male impalas (Aepyceros melampus) interacting on the open plains of Kruger in the Satara area in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Am I Cute ... or What ?

    A funny pose of this female impala (Aepyceros melampus) made a cute portrait. Image captured in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Golden Wildebeest

    A portrait of a Wildebeest at Sunset in Savute, Botswana. For the ultimate African Photographic Experience in Botswana please go to :

  • 600mm
  • f/8
  • 1/1250s
  • ISO 125
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Hippo

    Hippo captured in wonderful afternoon light in Seronera in the heart of the Serengeti National Park

    Zoom on Hippo

    Hippo captured in Kruger National Park. This image was taken in extremely low light conditions so a bit of camera shake and motion blur were inevitable so decided to go with a more creative approach and added the zoom effect in PS which in my opinion enhanced the action and added drama to the final result.

    The Yawn

    A typical hippo yawn captured in N'wanetsi Dam in Kruger National Park. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Hippo of Okavango

    A hippo yawns in perfect golden light in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

    Sunrise Hippos

    Hippos at Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Join us on the next photo safari to Kruger www.southcapeimages.com Hipopotamos al amanecer en Kruger, Sudafrica. Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico a Kruger visita www.southcapeimages.com

    A Lot Of Hippo

    A large group of hippos in a pool near Seronera in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Sunrise Hippos

    Two hippos at sunrise in Lake Panic in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Motswari Yawn

    Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) at sunrise at Argyle Dam in the Motswari Private Game Reserve located in the heart of the Timbavati in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit : The Big Cats

    Hippo Spray

    Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) at sunrise at Argyle Dam in the Motswari Private Game Reserve located in the heart of the Timbavati in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Hippo Portrait

    A hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) portrait captured at Lake Panic in Kruger NP in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour in Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Hippo Rock

    A hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) emerging from underwater. What I like about it is that it looks like a rock. Not the usual image of a hippo Image captured at sunrise in Lake Panic in Kruger NP in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Lake Panic

    Hippo ( Hippopotamus amphibius ) silhouetted against the rising sun as he emerges from the water and heads for dry land. Image taken at Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Land of Hippos

    Two hippos interacting in a very full Hippo Pool after the the recent floods in Kruger National Park,South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Big Mouth

    A Hippo yawns making an impressive diplay of it's weaponry. Image taken in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Big Beak

    Close Up portrait of a Yellow Billed Hornbill.

    My Own Kingfisher ...

    Brown-Hooded Kingfisher. This bird has made my garden part of his territory and will come every day at around the same time. I never put out any food for him. He comes for the insects in my garden. Seems to be getting use to me pointing my camera at him and is letting me get pretty close.

    Bee-Eaters

    The Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides) (formerly Carmine Bee-eater) occurs across sub-equatorial Africa, ranging from KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia to Gabon, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly coloured,striking bird, predominantly carmine in colouration, but with the crown and undertail coverts blue. Its usual habitat included low-altitude river valleys and floodplains, preferring vertical banks suitable for tunneling when breeding, but readily digging vertical burrows in the level surface of small salt islands. This is a highly sociable species, gathering in large flocks, in or out of breeding season. They roost communally in trees or reedbeds, and disperse widely during the day. Nesting is at the end of a 1-2m long burrow in an earthen bank, where the lay from 2-5 eggs. This is migratory species, spending the breeding season, between August and November, in Zimbabwe, before moving south to South Africa for the summer months, and the migrating to equatorial Africa from March to August. Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, and their major hunting strategy involves hawking flying insects from perch. Perches may include branches of vegetation or even the backs of large animals, such as the Kori Bustard. They are attracted to wildfires because of the flushed insects, and are often seen circling high in the air. It also eats rodents and lizards. They circle larger animals and even cars to catch the insects that try to escape.

    Kingfisher Pose

    The Brown-Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family. This kingfisher is common in the eastern half of southern Africa, mainly living in woodland habitats, as well as heavily wooded gardens and parks. It has a broad and varied diet, eating a wide variety of animals, rarely eating fish. Both sexes excavate the nest, which is a burrow, normally dug into the walls of gullies. It lays 2-5, rarely 6 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female, for about 14 days. Very little is known about the young. It seems that they are fed mainly by the female, and then by their parents after fledging.

    Goliath Catch

    A Goliath Heron makes a catch in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park. This Heron (Ardea goliath) is a very large wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa, with smaller numbers in Southwest and South Asia. This is the world's largest heron. The height is 120–152 cm (47–60 in), the wingspan is 185–230 cm (73–91 in) and the weight is 4–5 kg (8.8–11 lbs). In flight it has a slow and rather ponderous look and, unlike some other herons, its legs are not held horizontally. Important habitats are lakes, swamps, mangrove wetlands, with few cool water, sometimes river deltas. Goliath Herons feed on fish, frogs, small mammals and insects. A diurnal and often rather inactive feeder, this heron hunts by standing in the shallows, or on floating vegetation, intently watching the water at its feet. As prey appears, the heron rapidly spears it with open mandibles.

    Malachite On The Lookout

    Malachite Kingfisher on the lookout from his perch. Image captured in the Biyamiti River in Kruger National Park

    Yellow-Billed Portrait

    A Yellow-billed Stork, (Mycteria ibis) captured in Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park. This is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It occurs in Africa south of the Sahara and in Madagascar. Its a medium-sized stork. Length: 97 cm; average body weight for males: 2.3 kg; for females: 1.9 kg. Plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail; bill yellow, blunt, and decurved at tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs. The similar Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is an Asian bird. The Yellow-billed Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

    Starling

    The Red-shouldered Glossy-starling (Lamprotornis nitens) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Anyone that has visited any of the parks south of the Equator has seen these birds that are always found in lodges,campsites, picnic areas on the lookout for an easy meal. They are used to people and this is why I could get close enough for this unusual angle.

    Hard Worker

    Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus). Image shot from a hide in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park and shows what hard workers these little birds are. It is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks. The Southern Masked-Weaver is 11-14.5 cm long with a short, strong, conical bill and pinkish brown legs. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, and a plain yellowish-green back,
    The female has a pinkish-brown bill, brown or red-brown eye and is dull greenish-yellow, streaked darker on the upper back. The throat is yellowish, fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye. The juvenile of this species is like the female. The call is a harsh swizzling, similar to other weavers. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Ground Hornbill

    A Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) captured in the Satara region of the Kruger National Park. This is one of two species of ground hornbill and is the largest of both. It is a large bird, at 90 to 129 cm (36 to 51 in) long. Females weigh 2.2 to 4.6 kg (4.8 to 10.1 lbs), while the larger males weigh 3.5 to 6.2 kg (7.6 to 13.6 lbs). It is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat (yellow in juvenile birds). The white tips of the wings (primary feathers) seen in flight are another diagnostic characteristic. The beak is black and straight and presents a casque, more developed in males. Female Southern Ground Hornbills are smaller and have violet-blue skin on their throats. Its habitat comprises savannahs, woodlands and grasslands. It can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to northern South Africa to Burundi and Kenya. The Southern Ground Hornbill is a vulnerable species, mainly confined to national reserves and national parks. They live in groups of 5 to 10 individuals including adults and juveniles. Often, neighbouring groups are engaged in aerial pursuits. They forage on the ground, where they feed on reptiles, frogs, snails, insects and mammals up to the size of hares. Juveniles are dependent on adults for 6 to 12 months.

    Take Off

    Saddle-Billed Stork taking off in Kumana Dam in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is a large wading bird in the stork family, Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad in west Africa. The Saddle-billed Stork, like most of its relatives, feeds mainly on fish, frogs and crabs, but also on small birds and reptiles . They move in a deliberate and stately manner as they hunt, in a similar way to the larger herons. As per Wikipedia

    The Snakebird

    African Darter (Anhinga rufa ) captured in the Wilderness National Park. This bird, sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of sub-Saharan Africa. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognisably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour. The pointed bill should prevent confusion with cormorants. It is an 80 cm long cormorant-like fish-eating species with a very long neck, like other anhingas. It often swims with only the neck above water, hence the common name snakebird. This too is a habit shared with the other anhingas. Unlike many other waterbirds the feathers of the African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. Because of this, the bird is less positively buoyant and its diving capabilities are enhanced. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged. In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation it needs to dry its feathers. Thus the African Darter is often seen sitting along the waterside spreading its wings and drying its feathers in the wind and the sun along with cormorants which may share its habitat.

    The Fight

    Saddle-Billed Stork fights a Fish Eagle in an attempt to protect his young. Image captured in Kruger National Park near Satara. The Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is a large wading bird in the stork family, Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad in west Africa.

    I own this perch ...

    Brown-Hooded Kingfisher

    Sunset Flight

    A Jackal Buzzard flying at sunset. I was really lucky with this one ..... While shooting the dramatic sunset this bird suddenly appeared in my viewfinder. I quickly recomposed and fired. The buzzard's silhouettes adds sense of space to this landscape.

    Where am I ??

    African Pinguin in Boulders Beach in False Bay, South Africa. Penguins are flightless, aquatic birds, which live in the southern oceans in climates as varied as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the equator. There are seventeen species in all but the African Penguin is the only one to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands.In 1983 a pair of African penguins were spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown rapidly, increasing initially at about 60% a year. By 1997 there were 2350 adult birds. Such a quick growth of the colony was the result of immigration, particularly from Dyer Island, as well as by reproduction. Birds have probably come to False Bay because of the good fishing available since commercial purse seine fishing has been banned in the Bay. Although Simon's Town is very proud of its penguins, nearby residents suffered badly as the birds invaded their gardens, destroyed the undergrowth and were generally very noisy and messy. The great increase in tourists has also been a problem. As a result, the area has now been taken over by Cape Peninsula National Park, the birds have been restrained from wandering inland by a fence, board walks and an information room have all been established. Boulders still remains the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins as they have continued to invade more beaches. They are remarkably untroubled by people but one should avoid harassing them by getting too close or chasing them. Beware!! They have a vicious bite.

    Yellow-Billed

    The Yellow-billed duck ( Anas undulata ) is found mainly in South Africa, where it is very common. It lives in most types of wetlands, as long as they are still-bodied and not saline. The adults mainly feed on plants, while the juveniles eat mainly invertebrates. The female builds the nest, which is a shallow depression in the ground, lined with fine plant matter. It lays 2-10 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female, for 26-29 days. The chicks are cared for by their mother, and take their first flight at 68 days old. They become fully independent 6 weeks after fledging.

    Raptor Scan

    A Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus) scanning the area in search of prey. This is a 45–55 cm long African bird of prey. It is a species of mountains, and adjacent savannah and grassland. It is resident and non-migratory throughout its range. The adult South African Jackal Buzzard is strikingly plumaged. It is almost black above with a rufous tail. The primary flight feathers are blackish and the secondaries off-white, both barred with black. Below the chin and around the throat is mainly chestnut, and the rest of the underparts and the underwing coverts are rich rufous. The flight feathers from below are white, tipped with black to form a dark trailing edge to the wing. The diet of Jackal Buzzard is mainly small ground mammals, but snakes, lizards, small ground birds, insects, and road-kill are also taken. Typically, the raptor drops on its prey from a perch or hover.

    The King's Portrait

    The Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris) . I got so close that I could not fit him in the frame.

    The King is back

    The Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family. This kingfisher is common in the eastern half of southern Africa, mainly living in woodland habitats, as well as heavily wooded gardens and parks. It has a broad and varied diet, eating a wide variety of animals, rarely eating fish. Both sexes excavate the nest, which is a burrow, normally dug into the walls of gullies. It lays 2-5, rarely 6 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female, for about 14 days. Very little is known about the young. It seems that they are fed mainly by the female, and then by both after fledging.

    Air Drying ...

    African Darter (Anhinga rufa ) captured in the Wilderness National Park. This bird, sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of sub-Saharan Africa. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognisably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour. The pointed bill should prevent confusion with cormorants. It is an 80 cm long cormorant-like fish-eating species with a very long neck, like other anhingas. It often swims with only the neck above water, hence the common name snakebird. This too is a habit shared with the other anhingas. Unlike many other waterbirds the feathers of the African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. Because of this, the bird is less positively buoyant and its diving capabilities are enhanced. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged. In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation it needs to dry its feathers. Thus the African Darter is often seen sitting along the waterside spreading its wings and drying its feathers in the wind and the sun along with cormorants which may share its habitat.

    Okavango Stork

    A Yellow-billed Stork, ( Mycteria ibis ) captured in early morning light in Moremi National Park. This is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It occurs in Africa south of the Sahara and in Madagascar. Its a medium-sized stork. Length: 97 cm; average body weight for males: 2.3 kg; for females: 1.9 kg. Plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail; bill yellow, blunt, and decurved at tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs.

    Red Eye

    The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements. This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass. This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow. Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round. The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.

    The Little One

    The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as Dabchick, is 23 to 29 cm in length. It is the smallest member of the grebe family of water birds and is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range. The Little Grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds. Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks and sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles age, eventually turning black once in adulthood In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enable easy identification of this species. The Little Grebe's breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee which sounds like a horse whinnying. The Little Grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.

    Reed Cormorant

    The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements. This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass. This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow. Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round. The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.

    Cormorant Shake

    Young Reed Cormorant shaking water off it's feathers. The Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus), also known as the Long-tailed Cormorant, is a bird in the cormorant family Phalacrocoracidae. It breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara, and Madagascar. It is resident but undertakes some seasonal movements. This is a common and widespread species, and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts. Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass. This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow. Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round. The Reed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. It takes a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fishes, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids. It will less frequently eat soles (which can be important in its diet locally), frogs, aquatic invertebrates, and small birds.

    Darter in Gold

    African Darter (Anhinga rufa ) captured in the Wilderness National Park. This bird, sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of sub-Saharan Africa. The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognisably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour. The pointed bill should prevent confusion with cormorants. It is an 80 cm long cormorant-like fish-eating species with a very long neck, like other anhingas. It often swims with only the neck above water, hence the common name snakebird. This too is a habit shared with the other anhingas. Unlike many other waterbirds the feathers of the African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. Because of this, the bird is less positively buoyant and its diving capabilities are enhanced. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged. In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation it needs to dry its feathers. Thus the African Darter is often seen sitting along the waterside spreading its wings and drying its feathers in the wind and the sun along with cormorants which may share its habitat.

    This is Home

    Roller

    The Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus, is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.

    Woodland King

    The Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) is a tree kingfisher. This image was captured in Kruger National Park. The Woodland Kingfisher is widely distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and from Pretoria northwards . This kingfisher is essentially resident within 8° of the equator, but northern and southern populations are migratory, moving into the equatorial zone in the dry season. It is a common species of a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. Although it is a "kingfisher", it prefers drier habitats in more traditional woodland and can be far from water. It is often solitary but can occur in small groups. The Woodland Kingfisher is aggressively territorial, attacking intruders including humans. It has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white linings. The nest is a tree hole excavated by a woodpecker or barbet. A single clutch of three round white eggs is typical. It hunts from an exposed perch, often on a dead branch of a tree, or perches quietly in semi-shade while seeking food. The call of this noisy kingfisher is a loud trill sounding like a nail run down the teeth of a comb.

    Motionless

    The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It feeds in shallow water, catching fish, frogs, and insects with its long bill. Herons will also take small mammals, reptiles and occasionally warbler nestlings, plovers, young and adult snipes, takes ducklings and tern chicks and other small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

    Master at Work

    The Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis) is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. In breeds in noisy colonies in trees (often willows or Eucalyptus, rarely palms) and reedbeds. This weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch or reed. The Hadada Ibis will sometimes nest in the weaver colonies. The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects. The calls of this bird include a harsh azwit, azwit.

    The Little King

    Malachite Kingfisher in Lake Panic, Kruger National Park. The Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) is a river kingfisher which is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. It is largely resident except for seasonal climate related movements. This is a small kingfisher, 13 cm in length. The general colour of the upper parts of the adult bird is bright metallic blue. The head has a short crest of black and blue feathers, which gives rise to the scientific name. The face, cheeks and underparts are rufous and there are white patches on the throat and rear neck sides. The bill is black in young birds and reddish orange in adults; the legs are bright red. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are a duller version of the adult. This is a common species of reeds and rank vegetation near slow moving water or ponds. The flight of the Malachite Kingfisher is rapid, the short rounded wings whirring until they appear a mere blur. It usually flies low over water. The bird has regular perches or stands from which it fishes. These are usually low over the water. It sits upright, its tail pointed downwards. It drops suddenly with a splash and usually returns at once with a struggling captive. Large food items are beaten on a bough or rail; small fish and insects are promptly swallowed. A fish is usually lifted and carried by its middle, but its position is changed, sometimes by tossing it into the air, before it is swallowed head downwards. The call of this kingfisher is then a short shrill seek. The breeding song is a chuckling li-cha-cha-chui-chui.

    Ostrich by The Sea

    Ostriches in the Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

    Stork ...

    Look !

    Yellow Billed Hornbill Portrait. The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is a Hornbill found in southern Africa. This is the one that we will most likely have around us where ever we are in the bush. It is a medium sized bird, cheeky at times with a length between 48 to 60 cm, characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque (casque reduced in the female). The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is pinkish. The related Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill from north-eastern Africa has blackish skin around the eyes. They have a white belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes. They feed mainly on the ground, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season. Females lay 3 to 4 white eggs in their nest cavities and incubate them for about 25 days. Juveniles take about 45 days to mature. This hornbill is a common, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands. Frequently they can be sighted along roads. I think this image is a little different to the usual shots you see of these birds.

    Going For It

    Green-backed Heron (Butorides striatus). Shot from a hide in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa making a move on it's prey. This bird is a solitary and shy bird which forages among low waterside roots and branches. Interestingly this species uses a method of foraging known as "baiting" in which the bird uses a piece of bread, an insect or even a small twig to attract fish. It is predominantly a crepuscular bird but varies its habits according to local conditions so it also exhibits diurnal and nocturnal habits.

    Black Eagle

    Raptor Portrait

    Bird of prey captured under the rain in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. It could be a Snake Eagle. Maybe the experts in birdlife can help me identify it.

    Looking Into The Night

    A juvenile Spotted Eagle Owl captured in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

    Heron Landing

    A Blue Heron captured while landing on a perch in Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

    Kingfisher II

    A Brown-Hooded Kingfisher. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Black Eagle

    Black Eagle ( Aquila Verreauxii ) captured in the Matobo Hills area in Zimbabwe. To join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com Aguila Negra en Matobo Hills en Zinbabwe Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico visita www.southcapeimages.com

    The Stork

    A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) captured in Kruger during the summer months hence the lush green background. This is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The White Stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa. When migrating between Europe and Africa, it avoids crossing the Mediterranean Sea and detours via the Levant in the east or the Strait of Gibraltar in the west, because the air thermals on which it depends do not form over water. As a carnivore, the White Stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water. If you want to join us on our next Kruger photo tour visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Fish Eagle

    African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) captured on the banks of the Chobe River in Northern Botswana. This is a large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply. It is the national bird of Zimbabwe and Zambia.This species may resemble the Bald Eagle in appearance; though related, each species occurs on different continents, with the Bald Eagle being resident in North America. Join us an an upcoming photo adventure to the Okavango www.southcapeimages.com

    The Stork II

    A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) captured in Kruger during the summer months hence the lush green background. This is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The White Stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa. When migrating between Europe and Africa, it avoids crossing the Mediterranean Sea and detours via the Levant in the east or the Strait of Gibraltar in the west, because the air thermals on which it depends do not form over water. As a carnivore, the White Stork eats a wide range of animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground, among low vegetation, and from shallow water. To join an upcoming photo tour to Kruger please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Kestrel

    The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Mongolia. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan and sometimes even to India and Iraq. This image was taken in Moremi National Park in Botswana. I am not absolutely certain that this is in fact a Lesser Kestrel so I would appreciate if any of the bird experts out there can confirm this. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Hooded Vulture

    A Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) captured in the Satara area in Kruger. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals and waste which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation, including waste tips and abattoirs. It often moves in flocks, and is very abundant. In much of its range, there are always several visible soaring in the sky at almost any time during the day. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Kingfisher Portrait

    Brown-Hooded Kingfisher. This bird has made my garden part of his territory and will come every day at around the same time. I never put out any food for him. He comes for the insects in my garden. Seems to be getting use to me pointing my camera at him and is letting me get pretty close. This image only has a 10% crop. If you would like to join an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Kalahari Bird

    A Yellow-Billed Hornbill Captured in Piper Pan in the heart of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Flying Rainbow

    The Rainbow Lorikeet, (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.

    Kingfisher

    A Brown-Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris). If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Take Off at Sunset

    A White Egret ( Ardea alba melanorhynchos ) takes off at sunset. Image taken along the Sabie River in Kruger. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    That way … I Think

    A funny capture of a bird that I cannot clearly identify …. so I will leave that to the experts on this site. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Oxpecker

    An Oxpecker ( Buphagus africanus ) on an impala in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The oxpeckers are endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, where they occur in most open habitats. They are absent from the driest deserts and the rainforests. Their distribution is restricted by the presence of their preferred prey, specific species of ticks, and the animal hosts of those ticks. Over much of East Africa the two species are sympatric (have overlapping distribution) and may even occur on the same host animal. The nature of the interactions between the two species is unknown. Oxpeckers feed exclusively on the backs of large mammals. Certain species are seemingly preferred, whereas others, like the Lichtenstein's hartebeest or Topi are generally avoided. Smaller antelope such as lechwe, duikers and reedbuck are also avoided, the smallest regularly used species is the Impala, probably because of the heavy tick load and social nature of that species. In many parts of their range they now feed on cattle, but avoid camels. They feed on ectoparasites, particularly ticks, as well as insects infecting wounds and the flesh and blood of some wounds as well. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Seagull Sunset

    A seagull poses nicely during sunset at the Marine Protected Area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming Photographic Safari please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Roller

    A European Roller (Coracias garrulus) captured in Kruger National Park. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa. It spends winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    African Fish Eagle

    An African Fish Eagle portrait ( Haliaeetus vocifer ) captured in Chobe National Park in Botswana. This is a large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply. It is the national bird of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This species may resemble the Bald Eagle in appearance; though related, each species occurs on different continents, with the Bald Eagle being resident in North America. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Botswana please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Ostrich in Addo

    The Ostrich, or Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus), is one of two species of large flightless birds native to Africa. The Ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather products and its meat is marketed commercially. This one was roaming freely in the open plains of Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Stalking ...

    A Green-Backed Heron (Butorides striatus). Captured in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, in a perfect stalking position. This bird is a solitary and shy bird which forages among low waterside roots and branches. Interestingly this species uses a method of foraging known as "baiting" in which the bird uses an insect or even a small twig to attract fish. It is predominantly a crepuscular bird but varies its habits according to local conditions so it also exhibits diurnal and nocturnal habits. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Hard Worker

    Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus). Image shot from a hide in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park and shows how meticulously they select leaves for their nests. It is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa. This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks. The Southern Masked-Weaver is 11-14.5 cm long with a short, strong, conical bill and pinkish brown legs. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, and a plain yellowish-green back, The female has a pinkish-brown bill, brown or red-brown eye and is dull greenish-yellow, streaked darker on the upper back. The throat is yellowish, fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye. The juvenile of this species is like the female. The call is a harsh swizzling, similar to other weavers. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Long Crested Eagle

    A Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) captured in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Roller Call

    A European Roller (Coracias garrulus) captured in Kruger National Park. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa. It spends winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Hyena Approach

    A hyena walking straight towards me in the Mata Mata area in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa.

    Looking Up

    Vervet monkey captured in the Biyamiti area in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    It's Mine !!

    A squirrel steps on a saussage tree berry as if he owns it. This fruit can weigh between 5 and 10 kg. Image captured in Kruger National Park

    Red Colobus

    Red Colobus Monkey in Jozani Forest, Zanzibar. As per my 'Wiki" research red colobuses are Old World monkeys of the subgenus Piliocolobus in genus Procolobus. Some authors elevate Piliocolobus to a full genus, limiting Procolobus to the olive colobus. They are closely related to the black-and-white colobus monkeys (genus Colobus) and some species are often found in groups with the blue monkey. The western red colobus is frequently hunted by the common chimpanzee. The members of this subgenus are found in western, central and eastern Africa. Most are restricted to humid forests, but the Zanzibar red colobus prefers coastal thickets and scrub. Red colobuses are primarily arboreal and are highly sensitive to hunting and habitat destruction, and have been referred to as probably the most threatened taxonomic group of primates in Africa; as of 2008, all species except the Central African red colobus are assessed by the IUCN as Endangered or Critically Endangered.

    Motherhood

    Young baby baboon keeping an eye on the one behind the camera while feeding.

    Eye Contact

    Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) with a very protective attitude as cubs were close by. Also known as laughing hyena, this carnivorous mammal belongs to the family Hyaenidae, of which it is the largest extant member. Though the species' prehistoric range included Eurasia extending from Atlantic Europe to China, it now only occurs in all of Africa south of the Sahara save for the Congo Basin. Spotted hyenas live in large matriarchal communities called clans, which can consist of up to 80 individuals. Though often mislabeled as cowardly scavengers, spotted hyenas derive the majority of their nourishment by hunting medium sized ungulates,and frequently clash with lions over food and territory. Studies indicate that their social intelligence is on par with some primate species. The relative amount of frontal cortex in their brains not used for motor control is higher than in other carnivorans examined, which has been attributed to their complex social lives. The spotted hyena features prominently in African mythology and folklore, where its portrayal varies from being a bringer of light, to a symbol of immorality and depravity.

    Big Boy

    A young male Dwarf African Bullfrog, (Pyxicephalus edulis)

    Wild Portrait

    Portrait of a Wild Dog captured in southern Kruger close to Crocodile River in summer hence the lush green vegetation. The Lycaon pictus is a large canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, spotted dog, or ornate wolf. Packs are separated into male and female hierarchies, though previously thought that if one of the alphas were to die the pack would split up, this was recently disproven (although on a small scale) by Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, in which 6 dogs who had previously been held in captivity (only 5 made it to the island, 1 died of anesthesia) lost their 2 alphas, by what was presumed to be crocodiles, but the pack of 3 stuck together and a new alpha male and female were made. Dominance is established without blood-shed, as most dogs within a group tend to be related to one another in some way. When this is not the case, they form a hierarchy based on submission rather than dominance. Submission and nonaggression are emphasized heavily; even over food, they will beg energetically instead of fight. This behavior may be due to their manner of raising large litters of dependent pups in which the loss of a single individual due to injury would mean that the hunting pack might not be able to provide for all the pack's members. Unrelated African wild dogs sometimes join in packs, but this is usually temporary. Instead, unrelated cape dogs will occasionally attempt hostile takeovers of packs. The African wild dog hunts in packs. Like most members of the dog family, it is a cursorial hunter, meaning that it pursues its prey in a long, open chase. Nearly 80% of all wild dog hunts end in a kill; for comparison, the success rate of lions, often viewed as ultimate predators, is only 30%. Schaller found that 9 of 10 wild dog hunts in the Serengeti ended in kills. There were once approximately 500,000 African wild dogs in 39 countries, and packs of 100 or more were not uncommon. Now there are only about 3,000-5,500 in fewer than 25 countries, or perhaps only 14 countries. They are primarily found in eastern and southern Africa, mostly in the two remaining large populations associated with the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and the population centered in northern Botswana and eastern Namibia. Smaller but apparently secure populations of several hundred individuals are found in Zimbabwe, South Africa in Kruger National Park. As per Wikipedia

    Iguana

    Close up of a young Iguana from north east Brazil

    Let's Stay Together

    Two ground squirrels keeping a watchful eye on the guy behind the camera. Image captured in Piper Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

    Elegant Grasshopper

    This is a Zonocerus elegans, or the "elegant grasshopper." Native to southern Africa, it is commonly found in the Kruger National Park where this image was captured. It's species name, though, refers only to its coloration, not to its locomotion: it has got to be the most ungraceful, clumsy excuse for a grasshopper I've ever seen. When it hops, it rarely ever seems to land how one might expect it to. Instead of hopping in a manner that would allow it to proceed in a straight, efficient path, it tends to sort of slowly flop, landing sideways or backwards or sometimes not even on its feet. They have a predilection for eating poisonous plants and sequestering the toxins as a predator defense. Additionally, they secrete a foul-smelling yellow goo when handled, and taste accordingly. Most things won't touch them, and they often can be a pest in agricultural settings. Unfortunately for the grasshopper, some humans like funny-tasting stuff. The Pedi people of South Africa, for example, traditionally enjoyed them as a relish with porridge. I'm not certain how they dealt with the sequestered poisons. perhaps the concentrations are generally too low to affect humans, or the poisonous substances (generally cardiac glycosides or pyrrolizadine alkaloids, even cannabinoids) are degraded upon cooking. In any case, other than their zesty flavor, I'm sure the Pedi also enjoyed how darn easy they are to catch. I would have liked to have been shown the proper way to catch them and cook them up. Nowadays, though, the Z. elegans doesn't have as much to worry about. With entomophagy and other traditional diets on the wane in southern Africa, this pretty insect must be breathing a little grasshopper sigh of relief as it flounders off into the sunset, uneaten. Extracted from Susan Johnson's Arthropod blog.

    Just Chilling ...

    Ground squirrel in Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. These cute little characters are residents of all the main camps in Kgalagadi and a lot of fun to watch.

    Those Eyes

    Portrait of a Vervet Monkey.

    Lemur Stare

    Black Lemur

    One Leaf

    Young Vervet Monkey holds a leaf. Captured in the Biyamiti area in Kruger National Park

    Two Hyenas

    Female hyena and cub disturbed by our presence. Image captured south of Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

    Frog from Africa

    A young male Dwarf African Bullfrog, (Pyxicephalus edulis)

    3 Squirrels

    Three Ground Squirrels captured in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park.

    Hyena Stare

    A female spotted hyena ( Crocuta crocuta ) and mother of two cubs that were close by showing her protective attitude with a threatning stare. Image captured in Kruger, South Africa.

    Kruger Dog

    A portrait of a Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) captured near Pretoriuskop in Kruger National Park, South Africa. This is the original color version of a previously posted image. If you would like to join us on our next Kruger photo safari please visit The Big Cats

    Kalahari Butterfly

    While watching a pride of lions for hours I noticed these colorful butteflies flying around. I think they are " faslse monarch butterflies " but not sure. Image taken in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    A Rare Sighting

    A Brown Hyena ( Hyaena brunnea, formerly Parahyaena brunnea ) just after drinking at the waterhole in Bitterpan in The Kgalagadi Transfontier Park in South Africa. This is a species of hyena which occurs in Namibia, Botswana, western and southern Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique and South Africa. It is the rarest species of hyena and very difficult to spot. This is actually the only sighting I have ever had. Brown hyenas have social hierarchy comparable to those of wolves, with an alpha male and alpha female. They are social animals that may live in clans consisting of one adult of each gender and associated young, though there are reports of clans composed of four males and six females. It is thought that in the latter situation, there is at least one dominant male. Brown hyenas maintain a stable clan hierarchy through ritualized aggressive displays and mock fights. They typically forage alone, and do not maintain a territory, instead using common hunting paths. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Silent Danger

    A Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in stalking mode. Image captured in Kruger somewhere along the Sabie River. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Kalahari Squirrels

    The Cape Ground Squirrel (Xerus inauris) is found in most of the drier parts of southern Africa from South Africa, through to Botswana, and into Namibia, especially in the Kalahari. These cute animals are identifiable by their white stripes along the sides, the missing external ear and the long, bushy tail, which offers them shade. These rodents differ from the European squirrel in that they don't climb trees, but live on the ground and in their widespread underground caves. They feed on grass seeds, leaves and roots. Ground squirrels are constant companions in the rest camps of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Because they are often fed by visitors, they can become a nuisance.This image was taken in one of the colonies in Piper Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Walking On The Edge

    A male Iberian ibex also known as a Spanish ibex, Spanish wild goat, or Iberian wild goat (Capra pyrenaica) walking on the edge of one of many amazing rock formations in the Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. The area was designated a Natural Site of National Interest in July 1929, and a Natural Park Reserve of about 17 square kilometres was created in October 1978. This destination is shaping up as a future wildlife photo tour as it has everything to make it a huge success. Incredible landscape, abundant number of wild Iberian Ibex and fantastic gastronomy and rural accommodation. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Baboons " United "

    A group of Guinea Baboons (Papio papio) cuddle up on a cold and rainy day in Cabarceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, Spain. Animals in Cabarceno are mainly rescued animals from zoos where they were kept in poor conditions. They are now in very large enclosures in an amazing environment. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Monkey Eyes

    A baby Barbary Macaque riding on his mother's back makes perfect eye contact with the camera. This image was taken in the Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria, Spain. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Jackal

    A portrait of a Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), also known as the silver-backed jackal. Image captured in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Hyena Walk

    A Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) walks towards me with a very curious attitude.. Image captured South of Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Also known as laughing hyena, this carnivorous mammal belongs to the family Hyaenidae, of which it is the largest extant member. Though the species' prehistoric range included Eurasia extending from Atlantic Europe to China, it now only occurs in all of Africa south of the Sahara save for the Congo Basin. Spotted hyenas live in large matriarchal communities called clans, which can consist of up to 80 individuals. Though often mislabeled as cowardly scavengers, spotted hyenas derive the majority of their nourishment by hunting medium sized ungulates,and frequently clash with lions over food and territory. Studies indicate that their social intelligence is on par with some primate species. The relative amount of frontal cortex in their brains not used for motor control is higher than in other carnivorans examined, which has been attributed to their complex social lives. The spotted hyena features prominently in African mythology and folklore, where its portrayal varies from being a bringer of light, to a symbol of immorality and depravity. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Kruger please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Africa

    Sunrise in Seronera in the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo safari to The Serengeti please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    New Day in Serengeti

    Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise near Seronera in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo safari to The Serengeti please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Perfect Sunset

    A couple enjoys a walk while the sun goes down in the Goukamma Nature Reserve beach in Buffels Bay , South Africa

    The Light of Kruger

    View of Kruger National Park in morning light as seen from from Mount Pretoriuskop.

    The Color Of Silence

    Sunrise in the Kariega Game Reserve. This image was captured from The River Lodge on the banks of the Bushman's River. For more on Kariega please visit www.kariega.co.za

    Zanzibar Sunrise

    Just before sunrise on the East coast of Zanzibar.

    Land Of The Fish Eagle

    Panoramic image of Nsemani Dam in Kruger National Park. Image composed of 5 vertical full frame shots which were merged and processed in PS

    The Climber

    Rock climber contemplates the sunset after a climbing session in Torcal de Antequera in Malaga, Spain. This image is an old favorite that was shot on Fuji Velvia film and a Canon EOS 30E just before the overwhelming explosion of digital cameras.

    The Forest

    Incredible morning light shinning through a forest of gumtrees in Knysna.

    Moody Fishing Day

    Typical Jangada Sailing in North Eastern Brazil

    Light

    Afternoon Sun in Table Mountain NP

    Kgalagadi in Gold

    Golden Sunset in the Mata Mata area with a Camel Thorn tree standing majestic in the afternoon heat. Image captured in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park

    Stormy and Calm

    Forest Blur

    Digital Process

    Stormy Sunset

    The sun sets in the Biyamiti area in Kruger National Park. The sun only managed to break through the stormy clouds for a few minutes and I was fortunate enough to capture this elephant and silhouette him against this dramatic sunset. It was all over in minutes so with this image being in the right place at the right time was actually very very true.

    Dungeons

    Perfect Monster Wave at Dungeons, Hout Bay, Cape Town. Dungeons is a big wave that can keep up with the rest of them. This right-hand break is known for its power and ability to scare visitors away once they look at it. Dungeons is a deep reef break with a couple of sections off the main break. The first main section is known as the slab; this is where you will most likely see people surfing when the surf isn’t too big. It has a great barrel section and a pretty intense take-off spot. I tried to capture the beauty within this Monster Wave.

    Spitzkop

    Spitzkop is a view point situated on the Prince Alfred Pass near Knysna. It rises to a height of 933 m above the indigenous forests of yellowwood, stinkwood, white stinkwood, knobwood and candlewood. At an altitude of 830 m, the viewpoint offers expansive views to the north of the Outeniqua Mountains. To the south lie the forests and Knysna Lagoon, while the view to the east extends beyond Plettenberg Bay.

    The Light on the Left

    Long exposure image of a sunset in Cape Town

    Moon and Star

    Moon Eclipse

    One Tree

    Sunrise on the Rooiplaat Loop in Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa

    Dunes

    Dunes in Cumbuco, Brazil. Cumbuco is a small fishing village situated about 25 kilometres (16 mi) North West from the city of Fortaleza, in the state of Ceara, along the north east coast of Brazil. The population is around 1600. The village is regarded as picturesque and scenic and is attracting both domestic and international tourism. Cumbuco has a beautiful and quiet beach near Fortaleza on one side of town and the famous sand dunes on the other side. There is a small and busy village centre built around the main square adjacent to the beach which has a fresh fish market, tropical palm trees several beach restaurants (barracas).

    Karoo

    Sunset in Karoo National Park, South Africa. The Karoo (a Khoisan word of uncertain etymology) is a semi-desert region of South Africa. It has two main sub-regions - the Great Karoo in the north and the Little Karoo in the south. The 'High' Karoo is one of the distinct physiographic provinces of the larger South African Platform division.

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    A Sunset somewhere in Knysna, South Africa

    Driveway to ...

    Driveway in Knysna, South Africa

    Misty Morning

    Knysna forest in a misty morning

    Shades of Knysna

    Sunset landscape of the Phantom Forest in Knysna

    Lion Land

    Six lion cubs play in an open area on the banks of Nsemani Dam under the watchful eye of two lionesses. Image captured near Satara in Kruger National Park. I chose this composition so I could capture the whole pride in their enviroment.

    Coconut Sunset

    Coconut Tree at Sunset in Cumbuco, Brazil

    Kirstenbosch Light

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

    Drama In The Sky

    Stormy Sunset in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. This is probably the most dramatic sunset I have ever experienced. It was raining, the wind was howling but the sun still found a way to break through this storm and present itself in such a spectacular way.

    Art of Wind

    Dunes in Cumbuco, Brazil shot on a windy day with sand blowing which adds a subtle blur. I also overexposed to blow out the sky.

    Okavango

    A new day begins in Moremi National Park with a perfect sunrise in the delta. The silhouette of a lonely giraffe confirms that we are in Africa.

    African Eden

    An elephant cow and her calf drink at Nsemani Dam near Satara in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    On Fire

    Seagull flying at sunset. This vibrant sunset was captured from Chapmans Peak in Hout Bay, Cape Town. I must point out that there has been hardly any processing on this image. The sky was On Fire which does occur one or two times a year

    Xaka

    A track in Xaka in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

    This is The Karoo

    Off Road Track in Karoo National Park, South Africa

    Somewhere in Kenya

    Lonely acacia tree set against a stormy background somewhere in Kenya on my way from Nairobi to Arusha

    Kalahari On Fire

    Dramatic sunrise in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park near Mata Mata.

    Green Kalahari !

    4x4 Track in The Kgalagadi Transfontier Park crossing the Auob dry riverbed.

    Crack in The Sky

    Last rays of sun before an imminent storm takes over in Knysna, South Africa

    Satara

    Sunset near Satara in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

    Rain Over The Karoo

    Rain begins to fall over The Karoo somewhere along the R27 in South Africa.

    Wildebeest Landscape

    Wildebeest in the open plains north of Satara in the Kruger National Park.

    Mawenzi

    Mawenzi Peak seen from the Rongai route on a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

    The Sentinel

    The Sentinel in Hout Bay at sunset with two fishing boats coming back to port.

    The View

    View of the Knysna River in The Garden Route in South Africa.

    Deception Pan

    Sunrise in Deception Pan. This is a small seasonal pan on the east side of the famous Deception Valley in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's most amazing area for wildlife. Mark and Delia Owens, who spent many years in the Deception Valley area of the park made this area famous thanks to their book "Cry of The Kalahari" . Their research focused mainly on the brown hyena. They set up their camp in the northern section of Deception in a prime "tree island", however tree islands are no longer used for camping in these days of more environmental awareness. The name "Deception" comes from a pan in the area of which the dry surface at times appears convincingly full of water until one gets right to the edge.

    Trees in the Mist II

    Misty Afternoon in Hout Bay, South Africa

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    Bad weather closing in.

    Fayi Loop

    A typical landscape in the Pretoriuskop area in Kruger National Park with one of the many amazing granite outcrops that are found in this part of the park.

    Seronera

    Fever Trees (Acacia xanthophloea) silhouetted against a typical Seronera sunset in the Serengeti National Park

    Knysna Sunrise

    Sunrise in the Knysna Forest in South Africa. Light morning mist enhanced the sun rays shinning through the trees.

    Sunset Flight

    A Jackal Buzzard flying at sunset. I was really lucky with this one ..... While shooting the dramatic sunset this bird suddenly appeared in my viewfinder. I quickly recomposed and fired. The buzzard's silhouettes adds sense of space to this landscape.

    Just Another African Sunset

    The sun silhouettes a tree at the end of another day in Satara.

    Hadeda Sunset

    Yesterday's sunset in Knysna. These Hadeda Ibis were flying all over the place so just had to wait for one to fly into the frame.

    Shabeni View

    View from Shabeni Hill in the south west section of the Kruger National Park near Pretoriuskop.

    Shabeni Hill

    Shabeni Hill is one of the most dramatic of the many rocky outcrops in the Kruger Park. It is scenically spectacular and has a variety of vegetation growing on its slopes including aloes and the wonderful Sycamore Fig. From the road you can look out on the vast expanse of this legendary wilderness as it stretches to the distant horizon. This image was captured while on the Madlabantu 4x4 Adventure Trail which is set near Pretoriuskop Camp and takes abouts '4-5 hours to complete. The route is designed to take vistors as close as possible to the different wilderness areas and to reveal the uniqueness of the panorama and ecosystem. Only six 4x4 vehicles are allowed on each trail per day.

    Another Satara Sunset

    A vibrant sunset takes place in Satara which happens to be the best area in Kruger for this kind of image as the bush is more open than most of area in the park.

    Kalahari Sun

    Sunset in Deception Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

    Surreal Land

    A heavily eroded landscape in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

    Another Day Gone ...

    The sun sets over the Knysna Forest in South Africa

    Kruger Plains

    A Kruger landscape captured in a stormy day. Image captured in the open plains north of Lower Sabie.

    Good Morning Africa !

    Sunrise in Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa

    The Last One in 2011

    The last sunset of 2011 taken minutes ago ........ HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !!!

    Serengeti Plains

    A lonely acacia tree in the vast open plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. If you would like to join us on the next Photo safari to Serengeti please visit www.southcapeimages.com Una solitaria acacia en las inmensas llanuras del Serengeti en Tanzania. Si te quieres unir a nuestro próximo Safari Fotografico a Tanzania visita www.southcapeimages.com

    Overberg Solitude

    A lonely group of trees silhouetted against golden mist that was bathed by the rising sun. The dramatic Overberg mountains worked as the perfect backdrop for this South African landscape. Want to join our next photo safari ? Go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Goukamma Dream

    The sun sets in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in The Garden Route in South Africa. If you would like to join us on one of our upcoming photo safaris please visit www.southcapeimages.com El sol se pone en la Reserva Natural de Goukamma en la Ruta Jardin en Sudafrica. Si quieres unirte a uno de nuestros próximos safaris fotográficos visita www.southcapeimages.com

    Karoo

    Karoo Desert Landscape with Nuweld Mountains in the Background, South Africa If you would like to join an upcoming Photo Safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Out of Africa

    Two lonely chairs on the perfect spot to enjoy the perfect african sunset in Kruger. Join us on the next photo safari to Kruger www.southcapeimages.com Dos sillas en el lugar perfecto para contemplar un maravilloso atardecer en la savana africana de Kruger Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico visita www.southcapeimages.com

    Kruger Magic

    A perfect African sunset landscape captured in Kruger. Join us on the next photo safari to Kruger www.southcapeimages.com Una puesta de sol perfecta en Kruger Para unirte a un proximo safari fotografico a Kruger visita www.southcapeimages.com

    Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro as seen from the first stage of the Rongai route to the summit. The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness lost on the other more frequented routes. It passes through farmland and forest, past Alpine moorland to the beautiful summit cone. There are magnificent views and photo opportunities throughout, with possibilities for wildlife sightings. If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo tour to Tanzania visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Moremi Reflections

    Two trees silhouetted and perfectly reflected at sunrise in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. If you want to join our next photo tour to The Okavango please visit The Delta Experience

    SURVIVOR

    A coconut tree survives a moving sand dune in Cumbuco in North Eastern Brazil. Join an upcoming photo tour by visiting www.southcapeimages.com

    Sunset in Kruger

    Dramatic sunset near Satara camp in Kruger National Park,South Africa If you would like to join us on an upcoming photo tour please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Karoo Reflected

    The Nuweveld Mountains reflected on Rietfontien Lake in Karoo National Park in South Africa. Image taken while on the 4x4 Eco Trail in the most remote section of this park. Join us on an upcoming photo tour by visiting www.southcapeimages.com

    The Falls

    The Mighty Victoria Falls seen from the Zambian side. Please NOTE the two persons on the left of the frame for added sense of scale. A truly memorable sight that deserves a visit at least once in your life. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Rainbow Over The Karoo

    A rainbow over The Karoo National Park in South Africa. A rainbow over The Karoo National Park in South Africa. This is a semi-desert natural region of South Africa. It has two main sub-regions - the Great Karoo in the north and the Little Karoo in the south. The 'High' Karoo is one of the distinct physiographic provinces of the larger South African Platform division. The Great Karoo has an area of more than 400,000 square kilometers. From a geological point of view it has been a vast inland basin for most of the past 250 million years. At one stage the area was glaciated and the evidence for this is found in the widely-distributed Dwyka tillite. Later, at various times, there were great inland deltas, seas, lakes or swamps. Enormous deposits of coal formed and these are one of the pillars of the economy of South Africa today. Volcanic activity took place on a titanic scale. Despite this baptism of fire, ancient reptiles and amphibians prospered in the wet forests and their remains have made the Karoo famous amongst paleontologists. This image was taken while on a 2 day trip on the Nuweveld 4x4 Eco Trail. Doing this trail will bring you to the true Karoo and you will experience a true sense of wilderness and remoteness. If you want to join an upcoming photo tour visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Perfect Sunset

    A dramatic sunset captured in The Goukamma Nature Reserve in Buffels Bay near Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route in South Africa. To join one of our next Landscape or Wildlife photo tours please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Goukamma Sunset

    The sun sets in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in The Garden Route in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Zanzibar

    A Dhow coming in to Stone Town's port at sunset. This is an amazing destination that is usually done as an extension to most safaris in East Africa. An incredible island rich with history and stunning photo opportunities. Highly recommended. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Stormy Goukamma

    A stormy day in the Protected Marine Area that is part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the western Cape in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Buffalo Bay Sunset

    The sun goes down in Buffalo Bay ( Buffels Bay ) in the heart of the Garden Route in South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Kruger Savanna

    Open plains in Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Beach

    Idyllic beach on the Eastern coast of Zanzibar Island. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Shabeni View

    View from Shabeni Hill in Pretoriuskop in The Kruger National Park,South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Beach Under a Storm

    The protected marine area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in Buffels Bay in the heart of the Garden Route in the Western Cape, South Africa. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Goukamma Shores

    A stormy day at the Marine Protected Area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Jangada in a Storm

    A Jangada sailing out to sea on a stormy day. Image taken in Cumbuco, a fishing village in North Eastern Brazil. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    This is Addo

    The Southern section of Addo Elephant National Park On a stormy and moody afternoon. This part of the park was recently opened to general game including Elephants and lions. I would of liked to include a focal point in the scene to draw the viewers attention but I think it works as is …. would like to know your opinion. www.mariomorenophotography.com

    Land of The Raptor

    What appears to be a kind of buzzard flying over Spain's El Garraf Nature Reserve in wonderful morning light. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Serengeti

    The begining of a new day on the Serengeti plains in the Seronera area with one lonely acacia tree silhouetted against the rising sun. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Mata Mata Sunset

    Dramatic Sunset in the Mata Mata area in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Baines Baobabs

    Just to the east of Kudiakam Pan, and south of Nxai Pan, is an impressive group of baobab trees, standing on the pioneers’ route to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. First painted by Thomas Baines, and inscribed with his name on 22nd May 1862, the trees are known as Baines’s Baobabs. Originally known as the Sleeping Sisters, this hardy clump of Baobabs was immortalized in paintings by artist and adventurer Thomas Baines on 22 May 1862. Baines, a resourceful self-taught naturalist, artist and cartographer, first came to Botswana in 1861, and travelled with trader and naturalist John Chapman from Namibia to Victoria Falls. He had originally been a member of David Livingstone's expedition to the Zambezi, but was mistakenly accused of theft by Livingstone's brother and forced to leave the party. Livingstone later realized the mistake, but never admitted it and Baines remained the subject of British ridicule. This image was taken at sunrise and the silhouette of a man standing beside one of the trees gives you a real sense of how big these trees are. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    New Day in Motswari

    Sunrise at Argyle Dam in the Motswari Private Game Reserve during our last photo tour to the Timbavati Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa, If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    New Day in Kruger

    On many trips to Kruger I have always wished to get this particular tree with a perfect sunrise silhouetting it. This was my " Perfect Moment " on my recent vist to this natural treasure in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Cosy Bay

    Sunset in Cosy Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard within Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Namakwa

    Typical landscape of the area near Springbok in the Northern Cape in South Africa. Image taken in the heart of Namaqualand on route to the Kgalagadi Tranfontier Park. The Namakwa region of the Northern Cape is imbued with the story of the Namaqualand daisies; a brimming over of fertile flowers that transform the almost lifeless Namakwa into an exquisite floral display of beauty during spring. This landscape was captured during the winter months when this floral spectacle is not present. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Steamy Falls II

    Victoria Falls as seen from the Zambian side at sunset. Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means " Smoke That Thunders " While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls' maximum flow rate compares well with that of other major waterfalls. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Land of The Ibex

    An Iberian Ibex ( Capra pyrenaica ) silhouetted in the distance against an early morning stormy sky in The Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve located in Southern Spain. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Sunset in Kruger

    Dramatic sunset in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is the horizontal landscape version of a previously posted image. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Kruger please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Swiss Alps

    Sunrise over the Swiss Alps. Image shot from an airplane while on a trip to Spain for the Christmas holidays. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Tossa de Mar

    Sunrise at Tossa de Mar in Catalonia, Spain.It is a municipality located on the Costa Brava, about 103 kilometres north of Barcelona and 100 kilometres south of the French border. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Olifants River

    The view of the Olifants River captured from the Olifants Camp in Kruger National Park. I had never seen the water level this high. This and the dramatic stormy sky made for a great landscape. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Kruger please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Tree on a Rock

    Sunrise at Tossa de Mar in Catalonia, Spain.It is a municipality located on the Costa Brava, about 103 kilometres north of Barcelona and 100 kilometres south of the French border. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    A Rocky Paradise

    Amazing rock formations captured after sunrise during a stormy morning in the Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, in the province of Málaga. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. The area was designated a Natural Site of National Interest in July 1929, and a Natural Park Reserve of about 17 square kilometres was created in October 1978. This image is a Photomatix Pro HDR blend of 7 different exposures color corrected in LR3. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Light in The Forest

    I am in the process of designing a landscape workshop in Spain. I visited this magical place as one of the optional locations. El Montseny Natural Park is located in the Catalan Pre-coastal mountain range. With its 30.000 hectares, it is the largest in Barcelona province, and hosts a great biodiversity It was declared Biosphere Reservation by UNESCO in 1978, because of its Mediterranean and central European landscapes. Geographically, it belongs to the Catalonian coastal mountain range, and on it we can find its highest summits: Turó del Home (1706 m.) and Las Agudas (1703 m.) where it is easy to find snow in the winter time. Diverse in both flora and fauna, the fall landscapes are of a breath-taking beauty. Its deep forests and hidden streams have inspired many a legend about its fantastic dwellers. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Africa

    One of many iconic scenes you find in Africa, A dam at sunrise in golden light with a Hippo in the water and an African Darter perched on a dead tree. Image captured at Argyle Dam in the Motswari Game Reserve in the heart of the Timbavati in Greater Kruger. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    The Color of Silence II

    Sunrise in the Kariega Game Reserve on the banks of the Bushman's River. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    1 Tree

    El Garraf Natural Park and the Olèrdola County Park make up the southwest spur of what is known as the Catalan Coastal Mountain System, which extends over the counties of El Baix Llobregat, L´Alt Penedès and El Garraf. Its boundaries are the lower valley of the River Llobregat, the Mediterranean Sea and the Penedès depression. Together they cover 12,984 hectares (El Garraf covers 12,376 ha and Olèrdola 608 ha). The two parks consist predominantly of rocky and rugged landscapes, characterised by calcareous rock with a large number of cavities, dolines and sinkholes. El Garraf nevertheless has a small reddish sandstone strip at the eastern end of the park while the plain surrounding Olèrdola is covered with vineyards. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Trees in The Mist

    Morning mist at sunrise paints a moody scene in a gumtree forest on the south facing side of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Warm tone was added in camera setting the temperature to 8000 K If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Baobab Sunrise

    A new day begins at the Baine's Baobabs site in the Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour to Botswana please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Fire In The Sky

    A dramatic and vibrant Knysna sunset in the heart of the Garden Route in South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Hout Bay

    Dramatic sunset in Hout Bay, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Teide Guardian

    Roque Cinchado is the name of this rock formation located at an altitude of 2250 meters in Teide National Park in the Canary Islands, Spain. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Rocky Sunset

    A golden moment as the sun sets in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    Young Masai

    Masai Boy in Ngorongoro Consevation Area, Tanzania

    Maasai Zebu

    The homeland of Maasai Zebu cattle is in southern Kenya and adjoining areas of northern Tanzania, particularly in Moshi, Upase and Usambara areas. All zebu cattle in Kenya, except the Boran and its derivatives, are referred to as Kenyan Zebu.Fifty years ago the Maasai were probably the largest cattle owning tribe in East Africa but today the number of Maasai cattle is much smaller. Genetically, Maasai cattle were sub-clustered with the Nandi, Taveta, Turkana and Teso Zebu cattle. The Maasai cattle are adapted to live under semi-arid climatic conditions. They are managed under inadequate water supply and trek long distances in search of water. They are kept for milk and meat.

    The Warrior

    Masai Warrior Portrait shot in September 2000 with a 1979 Canon F1 on Kodak TMax 400 film. Tint was added using Lightroom 3

    Are Times Changing ?

    Masai Man Playing Snooker ( Digital Process )

    Loaded

    Local Zanzibar Woman Walking on the Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Masai Family in Paradise

    Masai Family Walking on Kiwengwa Beach Zanzibar

    Dhow is ready ...

    Dhow waiting for tourists in Kiwengwa Beach on the East coast of Zanzibar.

    Day at Work

    Zanzibar Woman Harvesting Seaweed. Seaweed farms are generally located in shallow, calm and constantly warm waters, but only where the bottom is sandy. Perfect spots are north of Pwani Mchangani, from Bwejuu to Jambiani, at Michamvi, but mostly at Uroa. Considering that tourism and seaweed farming do not go very well together, the Government had assigned specific areas, sometimes reaching a compromise. The weed was introduced in Zanzibar from the Philippines in 1988. Today, seaweed farming is a small local industry that gives work to hundreds of islanders. Every morning, with the first low tide of the day, women and children go to work at sea. First, an area of about 20 by 15 feet is staked, then raw ropes are tightened linking the sticks opposite and forming a kind of suspended structure, which has to remain under water even at very low tide.

    3 Ladies

    Three Local Women Walking on Kiwengwa Beach Zanzibar after a day's work harvesting seaweed.

    Another Day Gone ...

    Sunset in Piper Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

    A Million Stories

    Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Also known as Mandela Park, is a bustling township of chaotic yet somehow cohesive co-existence. On a Thursday afternoon, children are running and playing as women are keeping a watchful eye, preparing dinner and chatting. The men are playing pool and talking in their own circles. With limited space and both economic and social constraints there seems to be a strong community-based understanding of a shared situation. The reality however, is very different ...

    The Edge

    Man Contemplating Victoria Falls edge from the Zambian side.

    Arusha Cutie

    Portrait of a young girl in Arusha. Her eyes already tell a story at such a short age.

    Man of The Souk

    Local walking the souk of Marrakech.

    The Making of ...

    This is the behind the scenes of my image " The Color Of Silence ". Image captured by John Deakin during our stay at Kariega Game Reserve ....... THANK YOU JOHN

    Culinary Master

    Cook in Djemaa el Fna square at sunset in Marrakesh, Morocco. As the sun slowly hides behind the Kotubia, this bustling square comes to life with locals and tourists from all over the world coming to feast on the hundreds of food stalls that commence their daily food offering. This is paradise for all your senses

    Tanning

    Leather Tanning Worker in Fez, Morocco. One of the most interesting sites in Fez is the Leather Souq and the oldest leather tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. When approaching the tannery the smell is the first suggestion that something different is about to appear. The smell drifts around the balcony from where all the activity can be viewed and is enough to put off the most enthusiastic of tourists. The stench is worth braving as the view over the balcony allows those watching to see a site that has not changed since the 11th century. Fez (founded in 793 AD) is found in the foothills of the North Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco, North Africa. The medieval centre of Fez, the Medina (market) has not changed for centuries. Its narrow alleys house hundreds of merchants and craftsmen selling a range of products such as dates, fish, spices, copper urns, carpets and musical instruments. The narrow alleys are busy with local people and tourists brave enough to find their way through the maze.

    The Souk

    Bazaar of Marrakech.The Souks (suuqs), or markets of Marrakech, just adjacent to Place Djemaa El-Fna, are where you can buy almost anything. From spices to shoes, jellabas to kaftans, tea pots to tagines and much, much more. Undoubtedly, being a foreigner means you will end up paying higher prices than a native would, so bargaining is a must. All that said, the sellers here are much less aggressive than say, Egypt or Turkey

    Chef on Fire

    Local Cook in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Marrakesh, Morocco. The place remains the main square of Marrakesh, used equally by locals and tourists. During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, youths with chained Barbary apes, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, and snake charmers who will pose for photographs for tourists. As the day progresses the entertainments on offer change: the snake charmers depart, and in the afternoon and evening the square becomes more crowded, with Chleuh dancing-boys (it would be against custom for girls to provide such an entertainment), story-tellers (telling their tales in Berber or Arabic, to an audience of appreciative locals), magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height. This image was captured as the sun was setting which added to the dramatic overall feel.

    Medina Light

    Afternoon light in The Medina of Marrakesh

    Sunset Ride

    Horse riding in Cumbuco at sunset, Brazil

    Guardian of The Goal

    Local Young Brazilian Playing Soccer on The Beach, Cumbuco, Brazil

    The Kite Flyer

    Flying a Kite in Cumbuco, Brazil

    Perspective

    Local fishermen pulling out their catch in Fleixeras in North East Brazil.

    Sunset Soccer

    Local Brazilians Playing Beach Soccer at Sunset

    Thank You

    Girl's Silhouette at Sunset in Cumbuco, Brazil

    Concentration ...

    Surfing Ritual in Icarai, Brazil

    Until The Sun Goes Down

    Two fishermen talking at sunset in Flexeiras, Brazil

    Pointing South

    Boy's Silhouette at Sunset in Cumbuco, Brazil

    Floating Market Sunrise

    Sunrise at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in outer Bangkok in Thailand.

    Thai Inspiration

    Two women row down one of the canals in the vicinity of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok in Thailand.

    Damnoen Saduak

    Damnoen Saduak is the most famous of the floating markets in Thailand. It is located about 100 km southwest of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. Texture added to enhance the mood and atmosphere.

    The Canal

    Sunset in a water canal in outer Bangkok, Thailand

    Bali Youth

    Balinese Boy

    The Negotiation

    Thai women negotiate in the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in greater Bangkok, Thailand.

    Timeless Portrait

    Maasai Woman portrait. Image taken in a Maasai Boma near the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. During our photo safaris in Tanzania we always allocate a morning or an afternoon at one of the villages to get to know these interesting people that normally present amazing photo opportunities. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    On My Way To Work ...

    Local Zanzibari woman on her way for a long day of harvesting seaweed. Image taken in Kiwengwa in Eastern Zanzibar, Tanzania. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Maasai Boma

    Maasai women doing beadwork in a traditional boma near Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. On our photo tours we always plan a visit to learn more about these fascinating people. The Maasai (sometimes spelled "Masai" or "Masaai") are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa. They speak Maa (ɔl Maa), a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has reported as numbering 840,000 in Kenya in the 2009 census, compared to 377,000 in 1989 and 400,000 in 2000. The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs. Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands. Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania and Kenya welcome visits to their village to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. If you would like to join our next photo tour to Tanzania visit The Great Plains

    Looking at The Falls

    A man contemplates the powerful Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Happy Birthday Noah !!

    Something different today …. Well not that different as it is still one of my favorite subjects …. SILHOUETTES. Yesterday was my daughter's 14th birthday and this is how we celebrated. Both doing what we like …. Noah was riding and I was shooting. www.mariomorenophotography.com

    Ngorongoro Lady

    A Maasai Woman portrait. Image taken in a Maasai Boma near the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. During our " Great Plains " photo safaris we always allocate a morning or an afternoon at one of the villages to get to know these interesting people that normally present amazing photo opportunities. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Tanzania please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Motswari Sunset

    This is the behind the scenes as one of our participants captures the magic of Motswari as the sun goes down. This was a handheld shot at 1000 ISO with the 60D that in my opinion performed nicely. to see John's actual capture please go to : 500px.com/photo/15520595 If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari to Greater Kruger please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    Zanzibar Sailing II

    A small fishing Dhow preparing to sail away on the East coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Normally, a dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails. It is primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India and East Africa. The term "dhow" is also applied to small, traditionally-constructed vessels ( this image ) used for fishing in the Indian Ocean from Madagascar to the Bay of Bengal. In Zanzibar nowadays they are also used to take tourists on short cruises. This is the original color version of the previously posted B&W version 500px.com/photo/1324201 If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    The Grand Mosque

    From my Travel portfolio, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) at sunset. This architectural masterpiece is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. It was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque. As the country’s grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and numbers during Eid can be more than forty thousand people. As per Wikipedia, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's design and construction 'unites the world', using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the Mosque. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics. The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab. The design of the Mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Mughal and Moorish architecture. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    The Pyramids

    I thought I would post something from my Travel portfolio for a change. A wide angle view of the Giza Pyramids with a glimpse of Cairo's city skyline in the background. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Stone Town

    A seaside view of Stone Town. Edited in Photoshop and texture added to enhance the historic feel and mood. This This Old Historic Town also known as Mji Mkongwe (swahili for "old town") is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as opposed to Ng'ambo (Swahili for 'the other side'). It is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat. Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Moorish, Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Due to its heritage, Stone Town is also a major visitor attraction in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends on tourism-related activities. Stone Town is located roughly in the middle of the west coast of Unguja, on a small promontory protruding into the Zanzibar Channel. The heart of Stone Town mostly consists of a maze of narrow alleys lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. Since most streets are too narrow for cars, the town is crowded with bicycles and motorbikes. The seafront has wider streets and larger, more regularly placed buildings.

    The Beach

    Idyllic beach on the Eastern coast of Zanzibar Island. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Zanzibar

    A Dhow coming in to Stone Town's port at sunset. This is an amazing destination that is usually done as an extension to most safaris in East Africa. An incredible island rich with history and stunning photo opportunities. Highly recommended. If you would like to join an upcoming photo safari please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    Damnoen Saduak

    A close up image of the traditional boats used in the floating Markets in Thailand. This was taken in the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market located 3.5 hours outside Bangkok.

    The Canal

    Sunset in a water canal in outer Bangkok, Thailand

    Sukhumvit Sunset

    The sun sets in the Sukhumvit business district of Bangkok in Thailand. This is not the typical sunset image you would expect from Bangkok but I'm sure that anyone that has been to this Asian city has experienced these hazy sunsets that I particularly like. Texture has been added to the sky.

    Temple By The Sea

    Buddhist temple of a small fishing village in Koh Chang island in Thailand.

    Primary Colors

    Muizenberg Beach Huts in Cape Town, South Africa. The primary colors are normally Red, Green and Blue (RGB) Some artists however consider Red,Blue and Yellow the primary colors.

    Huts

    Beach Huts in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. Muizenberg has a fine, long beach that in effect stretches all the way round the top of False Bay to the Strand, a distance of over 20 km. False Bay, known for its population of White Sharks, also has a shark watch service that operates from Muizenberg, signalling alerts when sharks come in proximity of bathers and surfers. If you would like to join me on a photographic tour go to www.mariomorenophotography.com

    Morocco Bike

    Lonely Bicycle in one of the many alleys inside the Medina of Marrakech in Morocco. If you would like to join an upcoming photo trip please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    The Pyramids

    The ancient Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. If you would like to join me on a photographic tour go to : www.mariomorenophotography.com

    Old Essaouira

    From my travel portfolio. Essaouira (Arabic: الصويرة‎, as-Ṣawīra; Berber Tassort) is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, on the Atlantic coast. Since the 16th century, the city has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador or Mogadore. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city. www.mariomorenophotography.com

    The Burj Sunset

    Dubai's cityscape at sunset with the Burj Khalifa looking majestic. This is part of my travel portfolio. If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to www.southcapeimages.com

    Lost Glory ...

    An old fiishing boat stranded on the shores of Flexeiras in the North Eastern state of Ceara in Brazil. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit www.southcapeimages.com

    4 Goats in a Boma

    Goats walking through a Masai Boma in Kenya

    The Art of Migrating

    Wildebeest in their annual migration from the Serengeti plains to the Masai Mara. This image was captured just after crossing the famous Mara River. Processed in Lightroom and texture added in Photoshop. This is part of my fine art portfolio

    Kubu Under The Moon

    Kubu Island in Sowa Pan, Botswana. Double exposure of a full moon and landscape capture of the view from Kubu Island. Converted to monochrome and texture added.

    The Cheetah

    Cheetah captured at sunset in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, South Africa. This is a digitally processed version from my art portfolio.

    Enchanted

    This is a PS edited version of a previously posted image. Original image captured in Table Mountain National Park, South Africa

    Moonlight Interaction

    Two Yellow Billed Hornbills interacting at sunset. Double exposure and texture added to enhance the "arty" feel of the final image. Both exposures are from the same day and location

    The Mystery Tree

    A lonely tree has managed to grow among boulders in Mountain Zebra National Park. This image is part of my Art Collection and has been digitally processed.

    Oryx Blur

    Two Gemsbok or Oryx bathed in the golden light of the Kgalagadi at sunset. I have explored this technique before but after seeing Gilbert Claes's impressive work I have been motivated to try a little harder. I hope the master of blur approves ...

    Stone Town

    A seaside view of Stone Town. Edited in Photoshop and texture added to enhance the historic feel and mood. This This Old Historic Town also known as Mji Mkongwe (swahili for "old town") is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as opposed to Ng'ambo (Swahili for 'the other side'). It is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat. Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Moorish, Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Due to its heritage, Stone Town is also a major visitor attraction in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends on tourism-related activities. Stone Town is located roughly in the middle of the west coast of Unguja, on a small promontory protruding into the Zanzibar Channel. The heart of Stone Town mostly consists of a maze of narrow alleys lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. Since most streets are too narrow for cars, the town is crowded with bicycles and motorbikes. The seafront has wider streets and larger, more regularly placed buildings.

    Djemaa El-Fna

    Djemaa El-Fna is a square and market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter (old city). The origin of its name is unclear: Jemaa means "congregational mosque" in Arabic, probably referring to a destroyed Almoravid mosque. "Fanâʼ" or "finâ'" can mean "death" or "a courtyard, space in front of a building." Thus one meaning could be "the mosque or assembly of death," or "The Mosque at the End of the World". A more likely explanation is that it refers to a mosque with a distinctive courtyard or square in front of it. The place remains the main square of Marrakesh, used equally by locals and tourists. During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, youths with chained Barbary apes, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, and snake charmers who will pose for photographs for tourists. As the day progresses the entertainments on offer change: the snake charmers depart, and in the afternoon and evening the square becomes more crowded, with Chleuh dancing-boys (it would be against custom for girls to provide such an entertainment), story-tellers (telling their tales in Berber or Arabic, to an audience of appreciative locals), magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height. As per Wikipedia

    Marrakesh

    Djemaa El-Fna is a square and market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter (old city). The origin of its name is unclear: Jemaa means "congregational mosque" in Arabic, probably referring to a destroyed Almoravid mosque. "Fanâʼ" or "finâ'" can mean "death" or "a courtyard, space in front of a building." Thus one meaning could be "the mosque or assembly of death," or "The Mosque at the End of the World". A more likely explanation is that it refers to a mosque with a distinctive courtyard or square in front of it. The place remains the main square of Marrakesh, used equally by locals and tourists. During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, youths with chained Barbary apes, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, and snake charmers who will pose for photographs for tourists. As the day progresses the entertainments on offer change: the snake charmers depart, and in the afternoon and evening the square becomes more crowded, with Chleuh dancing-boys (it would be against custom for girls to provide such an entertainment), story-tellers (telling their tales in Berber or Arabic, to an audience of appreciative locals), magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height.

    Reflections

    Jangadas on Flexeiras beach in Brazil.

    Cumbuco

    A fishing day comes to an end in Cumbuco,Brazil. ( Digital Process )

    Spiritual Guaramiranga

    Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Conceição in Guaramiranga. This is a small town in the Northeastern state of Ceará in Brazil. It is located at an altitude of 835 m in the Serra de Baturité hills 110 km from the state capital of Fortaleza. The town is the birthplace of the scientist and researcher Fernando de Mendonça, founder of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Image was converted to monochrome. Background was then toned and texture added to enhance mood and drama. Part of my art collection

    Temple of Dawn

    Wat Arun ("Temple of the Dawn") in Bangkok is a Khmer-style Buddhist temple and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Despite its name (from Aruna, the Hindu god of the dawn), the best views of Wat Arun come at sunset from several restaurants and coffee shops across the river that make fine viewpoints. The outstanding feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (a prang is a Khmer-style pagoda), which is about 80 meters tall and symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is possible to climb the prang, using some very steep exterior steps, to two terraces providing fine views.

    Stormy and Calm

    The Cat & The Moon

    A cat silhouetted against the rising moon. This is a composite of two images blended and processed in PS.

    Dunes Under The Moon

    Composite work made of two images. Blended in PS, converted in Silver Efex Pro 2 and toned in LR3 Join us on an upcoming photo workshop by visiting www.southcapeimages.com

    The Lioness

    A Lioness ( Panthera leo ) from the Jacaranda pride in the Timbavati posing nicely on a termite mound. Original image taken in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa. If you would like to join us on an upcoming " Big Cats " Tour to Motswari please go to : www.southcapeimages.com

    The Lynx

    An Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Image taken at Cabarceno Wildlife Park in Cantabria, Spain. If you would like to join an upcoming photo tour please visit : www.southcapeimages.com

    The Leopard

    A female Leopard ( Panthera pardus ). Original image taken during our recent photo tour to Motswari Private Game Reserve located in the heart of the Timbavati Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger, South Africa. Converted in Silver Efex Pro and processed in LR3 If you would like to join our next photo tour to Kruger visit : The Big Cats You can purchase this image at Pour Mon Mur

    Stork Reflections

    A minimalistic presentation of two juvenile Saddle-Billed Storks (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) captured in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is a repost of a previously posted image It is a large wading bird in the stork family, They are spectacularly plumaged, identical in male and female when perched but the female shows much more white in the primaries in flight. The head, neck, back, wings, and tail are iridescent black, with the rest of the body and the primary flight feathers being white. Juveniles are browner grey in plumage. The massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”). If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to : www.southcapeimages.com