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Devon Sunday 17 July 2011

We decided to photograph the Sickle-winged Chat just outside Devon and got some other nice species as well.

Wattled Lapwing

Marsh Owl

Orange River Francolin

Cape Longclaw

Chobe National Park

A quick getaway to the Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana provided a myriad of photographic opportunities. Chobe has the highest concentration of African Elephants Loxodonta africana (below, right: female with calf) in the world with a total population estimated at 120 000 (2006 count). A cruise along the Chobe river is highly recommended. African Buffalo Syncerus caffer (below, left) are also frequently encountered.

 

The sunsets can be spectacular and don't forget to look out for Long-toed Lapwings Vanellus crassirostris which are locally common residents.

 

Land based game drives provide better chances to encounter some of the big cats. We came across a lioness Panthera leo with 4-week old cubs.

 

Despite many great opportunities the one I was most happy with was a chance to photograph Retz's Helmet-Shrike Prionops retzii from eye level. A proper eye-level opportuniy has eluded me for many years... The blacks can make for quite a tricly exposure and I find flash in manual mode works best.

Seringveld - Sunday 26 June 2011

This morning I went for a quick drive along Rinkhals drive which forms part of the Seringveld conservancy. Birding was quiet with the wind and 10 degree temps we had here today but was rewarded with this single Striped Pipit sighting!

Wildlife Photographer of the year 2011

Lissataba Game Reserve

Johann was invited to do a Photography Talk in the lowveld and we decided to drive via Dullstroom through the Abel Erasmus tunnel. Just outside Dullstroom along the Nederhorst gravel road we recorded male & female Sentinel Rock-Thrush, Buff-streaked Chats, Mountain Chat, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Buffy Pipit, Bald Ibis & Gurney's Sugarbird to name a few.

The Lissataba Game Reserve is on the Northern banks of the Olifantsriver, with a great variety of lowveld birds and trees. In the reserve itself we recorded over 90 species, with not so regularly seen species as Grey Penduline Tit and Stierling's Wren Warbler seen more than once! Four species of sunbird - Collared, White-bellied, Marico and these lovely Male & Female Scarlet-chested Sunbirds.

Scarlet-chested Sunbird Female