Peale's dolphins congregate in small pods off the coast of South America. I had spent several minutes trying to capture one riding the bow-wave of my boat and porpoising against the dramatic scenery of Westpoint Island. I got several average shots, but I was much happier with this image of a sleek dolphin, completely at home in its underwater environment, appearing to emerge from the splashes of our bow-wave like a torpedo. Falkland Islands.
A small herd of elephants, illuminated from behind by the setting sun, pick up speed and kick up a backlit dust as they approach the edge of the Okaukeujo watering hole. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Eyes on You
My heart missed a beat as this huge, magnificent creature repeatedly came to drink within a few feet of my hide. I took numerous shots but particularly like the way in this one his eyes appeared between his tusks as he drank, seeming to hold me in his gaze. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.
Cheetah in Focus
A collared cheetah, the only image from Okonjima to make it to these pages. This was the first time I had seen telemetry used to track wild cats and this one, together with its brother were closely guarding an impala kill. Unperturbed by humans, this cat shoulder checks the horizon for competing predators.
A giraffe stands withing a few feet of the one-way window to my hide at Umgodi no doubt anticipating the challenging act of lowering itself to drink from the waterhole. Its form is distorted by its proximity and the use of a wide angle lens. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.
Boys from the Brownstuff
Two juvenile bull elephants walk slowly and obstinately in front of my vehicle, blocking the roadway in pouring rain. The intricate texture of their rough hide was enhanced by the flat light reflecting the rainsoaked mud on their back. Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.
Peregrine Fly By
I composed this wide shot of the Ozonjuitji m'Bari waterhole using group autofocus mode to overcome the difficulties of focusing in the heat of the day, when this peregrine falcon flew into frame and, more by luck than judgement, the AF locked onto the bird to create this shot. Etosha National Park, Namibia.
This leopard had sensibly secreted itself in dense vegetation and avoided a soaking from a heavy downpour, which is more than I can say for myself. While we paused to watch him, I paid the price for occupying a full row of rear seats to myself. When we pulled forward, the rainwater that had collected in the canvas canopy went over the rear edge, onto my head and straight down my collar. Yuk! At least my cameras stayed dry.
Floating on Sand
Very much alone on a remote, South Atlantic island, I resisted the temptation to seek shelter and took this photograph of a gentoo penguin returning to its rookery from the sea, appearing to gracefully float above the sand whipped up by gale force winds. The Neck, Saunders Island, Falkland Islands.
Bass Rock is an imposing rocky island rising over 100m sheer from the Firth of Forth. It is estimated to host about 150,000 Northern Gannets nesting in close proximity to the cliffs, of which several thousand are in the air at any one time, circling in the same direction to avoid a collision.
King of the Road
I watched for nearly twenty minutes as this adult giraffe slowly emerged from below the horizon, like an apparition, silhouetted against a mountain backdrop, on a lonely perimeter road in Timbavati Private Reserves, South Africa.
A cheetah pauses for a moment during a dawn patrol, looking over her shoulder, straight through me and my companions. Timbavati Private reserve South Africa.
A pair of zebras create an interesting pattern as they pose together. Timbavati Private Reserve, South Africa.
Step Away Junior
Two African white-backed griffon vultures engaged in a ritual squabble over juicy entrails laid near a hide at Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa.