Crowned Crane

Crowned Crane

One of my favourite Southern African birds, the Crowned Crane, is a magnificent sight. What I like about this frame is the way you have to work it out like a puzzle. You are tempted to believe it’s little grey eye is daring you to figure it out. But that would be wholly unacceptable anthropomorphism.

Wood Hoopoe

Wood Hoopoe

This juvenile Wood Hoopoe with its bright red bill and its first glossy feathers arrived with a flock and worked its way up the walnut tree in our garden, picking out grubs and insects amidst loud cackling.

African Darter

African Darter

Part rat, part dragon, part snake, this darter is emerging with its kill (it may be a crab) from a deep dive in a river just outside the Kruger Park. I saw it disappear under the water and was ready and waiting when it emerged. This was the best of around six frames I took as it came up and then took off.

Marico Sunbird

Marico Sunbird

The male Marico sunbird, with its glistening multi-coloured feathers, is a favourite of photographers. But I love the poise and elegance of this delicate female on a strelitzia in our garden in Joburg. Just look at the claw holding tight for balance.