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.
This African Black Duck was on a pond in northern Joburg, swimming along happily until it got an itch that it just had to scratch. It’s remarkable just how flexible they are when grooming.
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.
This Hammerkop made several low passes over the river at Kruger Park Lodge in Hazyview, which has an excellent hide.
This coot was about to hit the water after a hot landing. I like this moment because it looks like its running across the dam. Shot at a trout dam in Dullstroom.
This Hammerkop made several passes over the river at the Kruger Park lodge.
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.
These two oxpeckers look like they’ve found the perfect shelter from the breeze on this giraffe. Shot in the Kruger Park
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.