Revisiting our 2019 Kenya Trip

Yesterday I decided to start looking back through the many thousands of images I captured during our most recent trip to Kenya in 2019.

It has now been over two years since that wonderful trip, and sometimes, in the excitement of the ‘now’, it is easy to overlook images that should have published.

Additionally, the benefit of time away from the subject, the place and the images can also allow one to see things differently.

So far, I have published two previously unpublished images from that trip, and in the coming days, weeks and perhaps months, I may find more images that are worth publishing.

Revisiting these images allows me to virtually revisit a place I love, which current world-wide circumstances do not allow me to do.

Here is what I have published so far.



This is female cheetah Amani in the process of rolling, as she spends some time resting in the late afternoon in the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya.

Amongst the loves of cats is height, and rolling around.  Here, Amani has the best of both worlds.

For cheetahs in particular, heights such as this mound provide great vantage points for surveying their surrounding territory for potential threats and prey.

Age and Experience

Age and Experience

This is a large, solitary elephant bull we encountered on our first game drive in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya during June of 2019.

He is an impressive big-tusker, and he clearly has years of age and experience behind him.

During this encounter, sensing that we were no threat, he wandered right up to within mere metres of our 4WD before turning to pass it.

We encountered this same elephant some days later, and again stopped to spend some time with him.

Rainbow Lorikeet

For quite a while now, I have been photographing the rainbow lorikeets which visit our garden.

Our garden consists of mostly native Australian plants and trees, and the rainbow lorikeets particularly love to feed on the grevillea bushes we have.

We are fortunate to have these colourful birds visit our garden almost daily, and often, multiple times per day.

Particularly beneficial, from a photographer’s viewpoint, is the fact that they like to visit during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening (in the summer).

I often keep my camera rig handy so that I can quickly head outside and shoot when both the conditions and opportunity align.

Finally, last week, I was able to capture an image of a rainbow lorikeet in the style I was seeking — a style very typical for me: clean, frame-filling and in good light.

This is it:

Profile of a Rainbow Lorikeet

Profile of a Rainbow Lorikeet

As any bird photographer would know, photographing birds is very challenging, as these creatures are typically small, very skittish and very active, and they love to immerse themselves in sheltered environments such as dense foliage, which are not at all friendly to photographers.

To capture a pleasing image of a bird requires a long focal length, a fast shutter speed, a high ISO setting, being in the right place at the right time, an understanding the behaviour of the subject, and finally, a lot of patience and perseverance.

On this occasion, the rainbow lorikeets were feeding in the grevilleas as they typically do, but one bird flew from the grevillea to the top of the clothes line, where he perched for long enough for me to capture him out in the open, closer to where I was positioned, and with a relatively clean, uncluttered background a decent enough distance away.

The combination of the distance between the rainbow lorikeet and the camera, the distance between the subject and the background, and the 800mm focal length I was using, allowed me to isolate the subject and capture pleasing details of the bird.

I am not sure whether I will capture a better image of a rainbow lorikeet than this image, but I will most likely take advantage of opportunities when they arise, remembering that while it takes planning, it also takes a lot of luck; and on this occasion, luck was on my side.

Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2021

With the new year having arrived, the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2021 competition has been launched.

I entered last year’s competition, and to my surprise, one of my images made it to the top 101 of the 37,853 entries, which was quite an achievement for me, and one I did not expect.

I have decided to try my luck again this year, drawing from my selection of images (mostly wildlife images, some landscape images and the odd portrait) from our trips to South Africa and Kenya.