Life in the Bush

A General Guide to Wildlife, Nature and Bird Photography

A General Guide to Wildlife, Nature and Bird Photography

I sometimes teach students of photography, and also game rangers whose academic levels vary from highly academically educated, to “not-so-great”… My main objectives are more a case of how to understand and use cameras, the general principals of photography, together with the specific end goal of becoming better photographic guides for their guests. https://www.wildweb.co.za/blog/tag/game-ranger-photography-course. Photography can be really intimidating and confusing. My methods are unconventional, and I choose to rather…

Teaching Rangers to Shoot… with cameras!

Teaching Rangers to Shoot… with cameras!

“I have always believed that when a person gains knowledge and skills, it is appropriate to share the knowledge and skills with others. Not only is this altruism in its purest sense, but it also creates a better environment for all of us to enjoy and from which to benefit.” Tim Driman Originally posted by Claire Birthwhistle An exponential surge in the popularity of wildlife and nature photography over the…

Fish Eagle Grabs Friend’s Catch

Fish Eagle Grabs Friend’s Catch

There might be such a thing as a free lunch after all! Fish Eagle tries to grab friend’s catch from his claws as they hunt on African river. By Poppy Danby for MailOnline – The Daily Mail This is the dramatic moment a sneaky eagle crept up on another bird in a bid to steal its fish supper. The lucky African Fish Eagle was on the hunt for food when it…

Saddle-billed Stork in the Okavango Delta

Saddle-billed Stork in the Okavango Delta

Endangered due to diminishing wetlands and suitable habitat! But in the Okavango Delta these beautiful birds are found in good numbers. They are the tallest of all storks, mate for life and both share in incubating the eggs (30 days – 35 days). The main distinguishing difference between male and female are the bright yellow wattles hanging on each side of the face of the male. The female has no…

Buffalo and Lion Wars (Kruger National Park – April 2015)

Buffalo and Lion Wars (Kruger National Park – April 2015)

Buffalo and lion are old enemies and on most occasions the lions are the hunters, and the buffalo the prey… Lion are very wary of tackling buffalo unless they have a “team effort” in numbers, and often still require a large male lion to administer the final “coup de grace”. Very often a large herd of buffalo will attract the following of a pride of lion, which then learn to…

Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)

(Pictured above: Grey Heron riding on the back of a hippo as it walks along the bottoms of the pond.) The Grey Heron is common to Europe, Asia and also parts of Africa. It stands approximately 100 cm (39″) high and has a body mass of between approximately 1kg and a little more than 2kgs. Herons are easy to identify in the air, as they retract their necks into an…

The Story of Rambo, Rachel and Rogan

The Story of Rambo, Rachel and Rogan

Rambo, Rachel and Rogan were three teenage ellies purchased from the Tuli Block (Botswana) in the early 90’s after a cull. They were relocated to a private reserve next door to Phinda in KZN, where they lived happily and were treated like wild ellies. One day Rogan broke through our northern fence into Mkuze game reserve where he mixed with other wild ellies, but he never really lost his connection…

Snake Venom and Symptoms Displayed After Envenomation

Snake Venom and Symptoms Displayed After Envenomation

There are three main categories of venom found in southern African snakes. Cytotoxic Venom Found in the “front-fanged” snakes such as the Puff Adder, Gaboon Adder (these fangs are also hinged), Mozambique Spitting Cobra, Black Necked Spitting Cobra, Black Spitting Cobra and also the Rinkhals.* Snakes use cytotoxins in their venom to kill their food-source prey quickly, and then to break down body tissue of their victims in order to…

Snakebite in the bush!

Snakebite in the bush!

There are 169 different species of snakes in southern Africa – of which, 96 are considered venomous, and of those 96, only 18 species are considered deadly. Even though the term “deadly” sounds scary, it doesn’t necessarily mean that once you get envenomated (aka bitten) that you will die immediately. Not all venoms have the same effect on all victims. What may be deadly for a mouse, may present no…

Black Rhino Expansion Project – Munyawana Game Reserve 2004

Black Rhino Expansion Project – Munyawana Game Reserve 2004

The original endemic home of the highly endangered Black Rhino (Diceros Bicornis) and the white rhino (Ceratotherium Simum) is found in the northern reaches of the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In 2003, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Parks Board, the custodians of the provincially owned game reserves (Ndumu, Tembe Elephant Park, Tala, Weenen, Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Eastern and Western Shores of the greater St Lucia Wetland) in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, were…