|Cape Winelands, view from Nuy Valley - February 2015|
This again is a collection of photos that I have posted on my Coral Wild Snapshots Facebook page over the last few weeks, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy both the images and my recollections!
Most of our vulture species are "threatened" or "endangered".
However within a large conservation area like Kruger National Park one can see the more common species fairly regularly.
This particularly handsome bird, however, is a rare and exciting sighting. It is a Lappet-faced vulture (Torgus tracheliotus) - our largest.
That huge, strong beak is quite capable of tearing the toughest skin on an animal carcase open!
Kruger National Park, November 2010
Having been introduced to this "restaurant with a view" by Cape Town cousins, I often book our "end of tour" dinner here.
The food is great and our international guests are always blown away by the sunset over Table Mountain, followed after dark by the twinkling lights of Cape Town reflected in the Bay.
It's a great place for birding, and if one is lucky, hippos and crocs can be really close. Other times I've seen bushbuck, baboons and elephant there.
Early in the morning the lighting can be really challenging for photography, but this Goliath Heron flying past is still recognisable :) - September 2009
I was repeatedly assured that it was an invasive alien plant and the bane of both farmers and conservationists.
That didn't keep me from photographing it at every opportunity and admiring it (silently after the first few lectures!!;))
Vancouver Island, May 2007
|SA Agulhas II - Feb 2016|
This last Thursday morning I was at the V&A Waterfont, Cape Town, seeing my tour guests on to the Robben Isl. ferry.
The lighting was cool & misty and I couldn't resist spending an hour or so taking some pics.
I was especially excited to see South Africa's Antarctic supply and research vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II enter harbour.
Seeing ships like this really stimulates my wanderlust.
During this last tour, we had a very wet day at Tsitsikamma, yet again.
I suppose that's why it has such wonderful forest.
Anyway despite the steady drizzle I went for a walk on the Goesa trail, of which the highlight is the tree ferns.
I had a good time trying to capture the rain dripping off their fronds.
And for an abrupt change in subject matter, date and colour, here's a photo I took in New York City in June 2007.
Editing the image from color to B&W produced a more dramatic picture, I think!
Keeping to the B&W theme, I edited a whole lot of distracting green from this image of a Nile crocodile to highlight the beauty of it's skin patterns.
This was taken in Kruger National Park in August 2015.
And back to colour for this photo taken of handsome, young and male Water Buck.
Taken in Kruger in January 2013, it shows how lush Kruger can be in a good wet season - not how it's looking right now!