Archive for September, 2011

No. 5 of the Big Five – Wild Black Rhino

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I have just returned from my annual trip to Africa and for the first time ever I came across Black Rhinoceros in the wild.

The global Black Rhino population fell to less than 2500 species in the early 1990s but thankfully this number has slowly increased to just over 4000 today. Understandably this animal is on the critically endangered list and in my opinion is the most difficult of the so called “Big Five” to find and photograph in the wild.

This Rhino was in fact one of two that I found in the Masai Mara region of Kenya. They were heading to a nearby water hole.

Competition success with my Little Owl “He went that way” image …

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

I got a very pleasant phone call from the Wildlife Whisperer team at the beginning of this weekend to say that one of my Little Owl images had won their most recent wildlife photography competition.

For those that are not aware, Wildlife Whisperer is an online community connecting people who share an interest in watching, photographing and filming wildlife and the natural world. TV presenter Simon King OBE is one of the sites creators. The prize is a Bushnell Trail Camera which is very useful for recording and monitoring wildlife in remote areas and can also be used to record wildlife activity over night. I am sure that when I understand how it all works I will write a blog post about my experiences.

With many thanks to the Wildlife Whisperer team, here is the winning image.

A Malachite Kingfisher

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Here is an image of a Malachite Kingfisher taken in Kenya.

In the UK, I have found this to be a difficult subject to find, never mind photograph. This year in particular the numbers in the local “hot spots” appear to be well down on previous years. The UK has had two consecutive years of very harsh winters and I wonder, without any scientific evidence, if that has had an affect on their numbers.

The Malachite Kingfisher is a much deeper blue than my local Kingfishers but is equally as striking.