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  1. Photography Gear for an African Safari.

    Date 19 Sep 2016
    Now, I’m not a veteran of the safari circuit.  One trip over 25 years ago and a second recently hardly qualifies.  Nevertheless, I have travelled quite a a lot with camera gear and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the gear to take because of the both the increasing difficulty…

  2. More Botswana…

    Date 19 Sep 2016
    Over the weekend, I completed the sorting, sifting and tagging of my Botswana trip photos.  That means I can now find things quickly amongst the several thousand remaining images.  So the pace of posting to the Journey page here has speeded up.  I’ve just added sections on Leopards, Kingfishers and Herons (but Egrets…

  3. Jewel of the Delta

    Date 09 Sep 2016
    While I was trying to sort through some thousands of photos and get them into some semblance of order, I couldn’t resist putting up this post.   Here are a couple of Malachite Kingfishers.  These are really small birds, about 14cm long.  That makes then quite a bit smaller than our…

  4. ‘Journeys’ - a new section for the site

    Date 07 Sep 2016
    I’ve just added a new section to the site menus that allows me to better publish collected photos from different journeys.  Only one journey (Botswana Safari 2016) for the moment but I’ll be adding a good many photos to that trip over coming weeks.  

  5. Botswana 2016…

    Date 06 Sep 2016
    I’ve just got back this morning from a 17 day trip to Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Most of the time we spent on an extended safari through the Okavango region of Botswana.  A quite extraordinary journey and a real eye-opener.   As I am now faced with something of a ‘pile’…

  6. Ratty?

    Date 17 Aug 2016
    Well no, if you love the Wind in The Willows, Ratty the water rat was actually a water vole.  These are pretty hard to find now in the UK but you can see a picture of one here.  But the rat featured here is a true rat.  The brown rat or Rattus…

  7. Colour or Monochrome?

    Date 11 Aug 2016
    I’ve been out again photographing herons along the canal… But this time I thought I’d post something different.   Herons are striking monochrome birds; pretty much that is apart from those striking yellow eyes. I decided to process some in black and white.  Take your pick.  I find it quite difficult…

  8. Moorhen vs Crayfish

    Date 05 Aug 2016
    I was out today, ostensibly looking for herons, when I came across something that I’d never seen before… Yes, a common-a-garden moorhen carrying a (dead) crayfish. The moorhen took the crayfish to a slightly submerged log where it tried to make a meal of it before deciding an exposed and…

  9. Heron stalking

    Date 03 Aug 2016
    Herons are a bit of a reoccurring theme for me.  I’ve many photos of nesting herons and flying herons but few decent photos of herons stalking and hunting except at a substantial distance.  The reason is pretty simple.  These may be big birds and they are noisy and bold with each other at heronries…

  10. The Puffins of Skomer Island

    Date 15 Jul 2016
    I’ve just got back from Skomer Island.  Now, Skomer Island has been on my ‘must visit’ list for some time.  At the start of this year I put it firmly on the ‘this year list’ but it had to be in nesting time for the puffins.  Prime time is June and July.  June…