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Month: May 2019

Wildlife photography – Birds

Photographing nature is always a challenge, they don’t listen to pose requests, care about lighting guidelines and sometimes they just know when you’re about to press the capture button, taking off that very last second. In wildlife photography, I find birds the second most challenging subject after marine life, but when you do capture what you wanted, it is very rewarding. Besides the photography basics, taking into account aperture, ISO and speed (Starting settings to tweak from here IS0: 100-1600, Aperture: f/4 and shutter speed: minimum 1/1000 – speed being your priority when taking photos of birds in motion). There…

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Botswana – One of the strangest countries

Coming from South Africa and hearing foreigners say, ‘You’re from Africa’ as if I was from another planet. Often asking where do you live, in a house or with the lions? Does it ever rain? Do you have any stab wounds? And then there are the people who don’t ask but presume they need supplies, like bringing suitcases full of food, or are shocked to learn you can get cereal. This mindset changed when I visited Botswana for the first time. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world, Botswana is starting to find its worth, becoming one of…

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For the twitchers – African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

There are few sounds that you hear that just make you think of Africa, the beat of the African drum, a zebra’s call and the African fish eagle. If you don’t think you’ve ever heard the call of a fish eagle, you might be surprised to recognise it when you do. This sound is often played in adverts such as fish eagle whiskey. It’s only fair that this iconic bird earned the title of national bird in 4 countries; Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan. This graceful bird of prey is often seen on dead trees overlooking large bodies of…

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Giant African land snail, a bit too big for the average leaf…

Snails we think of as pesky critters, eating our beautiful garden plants or delicious swimming in garlic butter sauce. The Giant African land snails is more like a lawnmower or in food terms a large T-bone steak. This snail can weight in around 250 grams, which might not seem like much but for a snail, that’s no mean feat, with a shell length up to 10cm with its body length exceeding this. They are not long-lived averaging around 6 years, but have been known to reach 10 years in favourable conditions. Eating a wide selection of plant material, they can…

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Pilgrim’s rest – A place once full of gold and promise

Pilgrims’s rest is a village situated in Mpumalanga province in South Africa, it is one of many marvellous stops on the Panoramic route. In the late 1800s and early 1900s this village was part of the gold rush days where there the future held gold and a better life. Sadly, this village brought fake hope with rumours being spread of large gold nuggets that to this day was never truly confirmed, however small gold nuggets were found far and few between, most commonly found was alluvial (gold dust) and many didn’t reap any benefits from this hard-laboured work. This changed…

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