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The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

The Pantanal, Brazil-September/October 2015

I have just returned from a visit to The Pantanal.  My principle interest was to photograph the Jaguar, this being only one of two cat species that spend much of their time in the water. Each day I was fortunate to find these magnificent animals both at rest and on occasions searching the river banks for their principle prey species, the Caiman.  I saw a female Jaguar swim across a wide river while unsuccessfully trying to persuade her female cub to follow.  Reaching the opposit ...

Ranthambhore May 2015

Ranthambhore May 2015

I arrived for my annual visit to Ranthambhore on the 10 May. This time I was concentrating my efforts on photographing tigress T19, also known as Krishna, together with her three 15 month old cubs.  I was not disappointed; on my first drive around the famous lakes area I found the tigress and cubs having fun in a muddy pool of water.  I was able to see them most days during the 2 weeks spent at the reserve which was wonderful.  Unfortunately, the sightings were tempered on the 1 ...

Tadoba-Andhari & Gir March 2015

Tadoba-Andhari & Gir March 2015

I arrived at my lodge in Tadoba during the evening of the 16 March at the outset of a severe thunderstorm that fortunately cleared in the early morning allowing no disruption of my first drive in the park.  This was to be my first visit to this tiger reserve comprising mainly of teak and bamboo. It is home to about sixty tigers.  During my stay I was able to photograph a young male leopard walking through the tall grass.  Surprisingly a few minutes later three Chital deer   ...

Norway - February 2015

Norway - February 2015

For a week this month I visited Flatanger in Norway, a three hour car journey from Trondheim. In an attempt to photograph Sea eagles with my guide, we sailed the fjords and successfully spent time with several of the eagles each having a territory of their own.  Visiting a mountain hide, I was surprised to witness Sea eagles feeding on carrion - another photographic opportunity!  The photograph is of a Seaa Eagle as it attempts to make a catch. A small number of photographs from my t ...

Puffins on Skomer Island in Wales

Puffins on Skomer Island in Wales

Last week I travelled to Pembrokeshire, Wales, for two days of photography on Skomer with its amazing Puffin colony.  I was informed that there are about 18,000 pairs of these characterful birds on the island plus around 300,000 Manx Shearwaters.  The Shearwaters arrive when it is dark in an effort to avoid predation by the voracious gulls who also inhabit the island. The Puffins are very active at this time of the year attempting to bring in sand-eels from the sea to feed their chic ...

Hungary-The Plains of Hortobágy

Hungary-The Plains of Hortobágy

This week I enjoyed a five day trip to eastern Hungary to photograph some of the bird species found in the region. From a hide, one of the most interesting birds that I recorded was the Red-footed Falcon.  It was a pleasure to view the birds as they visited the nesting site with mice and grasshoppers to feed their young.  The slate grey male falcon returned with prey to pass to the female; she in turn appeared to be 'stripping' off either the coat of a mouse or wings from a g ...

Return to Ranthambhore

Return to Ranthambhore

During May/June of 2014 I returned to Ranthambhore. Whenever I enter the park, I always hope to see 'Machali' arguably the most well known tiger in India. I was not to be disappointed - on the third day she appeared in Kachida Valley from her forest cover to visit a water hole.  Now, at almost seventeen years old, I thought she looked remarkably well even though she has lost her four canine teeth! After qu ...

Ranthambhore today

Ranthambhore today

On a visit to the park this morning I patiently waited until in the distance and through the forest cover I could see this tigress moving in my direction to a water hole on the opposite side of the track. She is known as Noor or T.39 and is a most beautiful tigress with two small cubs in her care.  ...

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Tigress relaxing at a cool water hole

Yesterday at Ranthambhore I took this photgraph of tigress T.39 also known as Noor while she was taking a resbite from the heat of the day by cooling herself at a water hole during a break from her cubs that were nearby.  More updates from my time in the park to follow.   ...

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

My return to Ranthambhore during late April and early May 2014

Once again this year I have returned to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve as I was aware that cubs had recently been born to two tigress' in the main tourist zones.  Too date I have not seen the cubs but I have enjoyed excellent sighting of some of the other tigers in the park. The photograph in this blog is of a young male tiger on the point of dispersal and born to the late tigressT.17 who was also known as Sundari. More reports from Ranthambhore to follow. ...