Spiny Flower Mantis

I’ve recently gained a couple of Mantids, one of which is the Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii). This is only a 3rd instar nymph at the moment so has some growing to do. It measures approximately 10-12mm in body length and will probably grow to 35-40mm when mature. Today was its’ first photo shoot and…

The Big Guys…

Despite the horrendous levels of poaching in Africa there are still many Elephants to be seen as you journey through Kruger park – and we saw lots! Our first encounter was with a herd that were digging away in a dry river bed, looking for the hidden water below the surface. The herd had several…

Kingfisher Paradise

The Kingfishers that we have here in the UK are quite stunning little birds but the first one that I saw was in South Africa. Since that first sighting I have become hooked on the tiny beauties and have photographed them many times now. However, we only have the one species here, so when I’m…

In The Wilderness

There is an area on the south coast of South Africa named Wilderness which is a haven for birdlife and therefore the bird-spotters amongst us. It’s not quite as isolated or truly wild as the name suggests but it’s a great place to be for some peaceful nature time. When we have been there we…

Addo Elephant Park

Whilst staying at Port Elizabeth we took the opportunity to visit Addo Elephant Park for a day. After spending time in Kruger NP we were not sure what to expect but it was certainly worth the visit. The scenery is very different to Kruger with much thick bush around the southern entrance. Once we arrived…

The Little Fellas

Having been to Shipandami dam previously there was no hesitation in returning once more. Last time we visited there were Ellies blocking the road, hippos cavorting around, crocs acting all sinister and kingfishers galore. So hopes were high. This time all was quiet, we scanned the banks and bush but all to no avail for…