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Kissing squirrels

Kissing squirrels

Ever since a baby squirrel fell out of our thatch roof and become my close companion for a few wonderful months, I have had a soft spot for these little guys. These two kept me entertained as I waited for the leopard that was sleeping at the base of their tree to wake up and do something interesting!

Kissing squirrels

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Elephant eye in Infrared

Elephant eye in Infrared

An interesting effect that I have noticed, is the way that certain animals’ eyes appear in infrared photographs. Their irises look much paler than usual and their pupils become even blacker. What is even more interesting is that the effect only seems to occur in certain species such as in this portrait of an elephant bull. My infrared images of a male puku antelope have the same ghostly eyes but those of leopard and giraffe do not. I’m not sure what causes this but it is a little spooky..!

Elephant portrait in infrared

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The Valley in Infrared

The Valley in Infrared

These photographs are my first attempt with a camera that has been specially converted to take images in Infrared. All digital cameras have a filter in front of the imaging sensor which blocks infrared light and allows only visible light through. With this conversion the filter is removed and replaced by another that blocks most of the visible light and allows only infrared light to pass through. There are some difficulties that come with this conversion such as auto-focusing issues but in general the camera handles as normal. The images produced however are quite different with green vegetation appearing white and blue skies becoming very dark. It is an interesting effect and one that I’m still getting used to…

Leadwood forest

Grazing Zebra

Dead leadwood

Fish eagle

Chindeni hills at sunset

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Nature’s Best award 2012

Nature's Best award 2012

The results for the 2012 Nature’s Best Photography Awards were announced today and I am very pleased to have won a Highly Honoured award for this image of a muddy lion with water dripping off his chin. This photograph was also a finalist in the 2012 BBC Wildlife photographer of the year competition.

Muddy lion

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Down the hatch

Down the hatch

A spotted bush snake swallowing a frog. This happened within feet of our breakfast table during a recent photographic safari at Kaingo camp. A loud squeak from the (fairly large) frog alerted us and it wasn’t long before the snake had swallowed it head first and slithered off with a very full belly.

Spotted bush snake eating a frog

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