We spent the weekend at Kurisha Moya with good friends. Birding was difficult but I had an unexpected opportunity to photograph this secretive forest thrush. It was already very dark and I suppose the darkness made the bird bolder than usual as it hopped along a footpath straight towards us where we were sitting quietly!  It was too dark to identify the species but my D4 still managed to focus on the moving black blob.. and got it spot on! A difficult species in the bag under very difficult circumstances.. I am most impressed and figure the wait for the new Nikon D4 was certainly worth it!

Orange Ground Thrush Zoothera gurneyi Oranjelyster

Nikon D4 with AF-S 500mm f/4.0G ED VR Nikkor lens

Notice the parasites enlarged below.. I presume they are the same pepper ticks that are responsible for all the nasty itchy spots on my legs!

Some other species also showed themselves for a quick pic....


Greater Double-coloured sunbird

Swee Waxbill

KTP - Johann's contribution

I have added a dedicated page to our Gallery and will keep adding photos.

My favourite from the trip: an immature Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus trying its luck at a waterhole.

Nikon D4 with AF-S 500mm f/4.0G ED VR lens exposed at 1/3200 sec at f/7.1, ISO 1000.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park April 2012

We have just returned from our 2 week trip to the Park. Here are a few aerial shots so long, to show how green it is at the moment. They had lots of rain before and during our stay, leaving the dunes covered in a thick carpet of grass.

Confluence of the Nossob and Auob rivers

Tweerivieren's main Reception building

KTP - continued by Lizet Grobbelaar

My first real action photography with the 1D MKIV produced some real keepers!

Lanner Falcon

Tawny Eagle


Easter Weekend

For the Easter break we decided on a fly-inn destination - Vogelstrausskluft Country Lodge on the rim of the Visriver Canynon in Namibia.

Vogelstrausskluft Country Lodge overlooks a beautiful river valley

Vogelstrausskluft Country lodge

The bird list comprised of arid Western species and it was good to see quite a few Ludwig's Bustards in the vicinity of the lodge.

Dusky Sunbird

Rock Kestrel

Larklike Bunting