The Elusive Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is a bird that was often heard but rarely seen, nowadays it isn’t heard that often either. As I’ve been roaming about the countryside I feel that I’ve been lucky if I hear one a year these days and until this occasion I had never actually seen one. This particular Cuckoo was photographed…

Sparrowhawk in Bluebells

I spent a couple of afternoons in spring observing and photographing a pair of Sparrowhawks in southern Scotland. The woods were a riot of colour as the spring flowers were in bloom with the bluebells being spectacularly prevalent. The female hawk was particularly compliant and paused on several rocks and trees as it surveyed the…

Hard Times for Hedgehogs

This long hot spell is great for sitting out in or maybe going out to the beach or countryside for the day – but spare a thought for the British wildlife that are not equipped for this weather. Recently the plight of the Hedgehogs has been circulated in the media as they struggle to find…

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…

Lounging Leopards

We had two really good sightings of Leopards recently as well as a few fleeting glimpses as these beautiful creatures roamed through the bush of South Africa. Our first sighting was a rather distant ‘Leopard in a Tree’ which was just within photo range but was slightly obscured by the branches of its chosen lair.…

Kings of the Highveld

Lions. Everybody’s favourite big cat, maybe, but they certainly cause a stir when spotted in the wild. We were lucky enough to have many sightings during our trip to Kruger Park in South Africa. The highlight was most definitely the sight of a pride of Lions noisily and greedily devouring a Wildebeest carcass no more…

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…