Bush Experiences

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 forĀ 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…

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…

Elephant Smashes into Car at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephant Smashes into Car at Kruger National Park, South Africa

I was one of the passengers on the vehicle, together with my wife and our mentor guide who has >20 years Guiding/Guide Training to his credit, and is a specialist in dangerous game. The video clip is heavily edited and only shows part of the total encounter. The female which actually hit us was about the same size as the matriarch and all aggressors had little calves and were lactating…

Lions Can Climb Trees

Lions Can Climb Trees

Photographers are sort of crazy dudes who will try lots of things in pursuance of that one great shot. A few years back, while on our reserve (ZUKA – Northern KwaZulu-Natal), we were called into a sighting where a pride of lions had taken out a kudu. I was driving my old Toyota open game viewing vehicle which had a cut-out entrance where the passengers stepped into the vehicle, rather…