Sunday, 30 April 2017

Great Capricorn Beetle

Of course, every photographer likes the big stuff, like mammals, and colourful birds, but sometimes insects make great subjects for images. Here are two impressive Great Capricorn Beetles (Cerambyx cerdo) found in an oak wood in northern Croatia recently (Gerard Gorman).

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Destinations: Kruger National Park, South Africa..

The Kruger National Park lies in the north-east of South Africa. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is one of the world's great wildlife areas. It covers over 19,000 km2, with savanna, bush, plains, woodlands and wetlands. Kruger is home to the so-called Big Five mammals - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Of course, there are many other animals, too, including a rich birdlife. The park has several camps, of quite high standard, and excursions can be arranged from these to see the key species. One can also self-drive the park on good, marked routes, but in most areas it is not allowed to leave vehicles.  

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Destinations: Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, Thailand

The Doi Pha Hom Pok is the northernmost national park in Thailand. It lies right on the border with Myanmar and is mountainous and mostly forested. It is a popular destination for birders and bird photographers. Indeed, so much so that the latter are asked to adhere to a few rules! Species birds here include Himalayan Cutia, Long-tailed Sibia, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Black-throated Bushtit, Mrs Hume's Pheasant and Giant Nuthatch. Access is from the settlements of Fang and Thaton (where there are various kinds of accommodation and restaurants, which the NP lacks), both of which are around 3 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Wildlife: Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) Tanzania. These often misunderstood and misrepresented animals are real characters and make great photographic subjects.