A legend of a leopard (the Dumatau male)

At the time of this writing, it is more than a year since the last sighting of the leopard known as the Dumatau male.  Given that he was at the very least, 12 years old the last time I saw him, it is quite likely, and natural, that his time has come and he may […]

Elephant and wild dogs at Zimanga

Despite their immense size, African elephants sometimes show a strong dislike for carnivores.  This intolerance was clear to see on a recent trip that I made to Zimanga nature reserve in northern Kwazulu-Natal.     Early in the morning, we had managed to track down the local pack of African wild dogs.  There were four […]

Hippo and lion interaction on the Chobe River

I was on the Chobe River, leading a photographic safari for Pangolin Photo Safaris  when we came across a lioness with her young cubs, feeding on a very young elephant that had died a few days previously, alongside the river.  Elephants that die are an important source of food for carnivores like these lions.   […]

Photographing Wildlife From Boats

Photographing wildlife from a boat is something I try to do whenever possible. Using a boat as a photographic platform brings with it many advantages as well as a few challenges.  In this post I’ll be discussing some of the things  I think about whenever I am out on freshwater rivers like the Chobe, the […]

African Wild Dogs And The Thrill Of The Chase

Most wild animals lead their lives in such a way that much of their day-to day-behaviour can be explained in terms of basic needs.  Wild animals must find food often.  They need to avoid enemies and deal with competitors.  They must breed when the breeding season comes around, and make sure that their young survive. […]