wildlife, landscape & travel Photography

“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”

Sir David Attenborough

April 28, 2024

The Unique Beauty of the New Zealand Pied Shag

New Zealand is renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and unique wildlife. Among the many avian inhabitants that grace the shores of this...

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April 14, 2024

Penguins ~ How They Thrive Without Flight, and Their Aquatic Adaptations

Penguins are one of the most fascinating and unique species in the world. They are known for their adorable waddling walk and ability to...

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March 31, 2024

Majestic Giants of the Southern Seas: Southern Elephant Seals

Southern Elephant Seals (Mirounga leonina) are an extraordinary marine mammal that captivates scientists and nature enthusiasts. Hence, with their enormous size, distinct features, and...

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March 17, 2024

Fortuna Bay: A Wildlife Wonderland at the Edge of the World

Nestled on the rugged and remote island of South Georgia, Fortuna Bay is a testament to the untamed beauty of the Antarctic region. Towering...

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March 3, 2024

Stromness  Harbour ~ the whaling station that saved Shackleton and his men.

Stromness Harbour’s history is intertwined with the remarkable expeditions of the early 20th century. It was established as a whaling station in 1912. In...

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February 18, 2024

Grytviken: The Charming Capital of South Georgia Islands

Grytviken, South Georgia is a testament to human perseverance and the relentless pursuit of resources in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments. Given...

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February 4, 2024

South Georgia Island: A paradise for wildlife

South Georgia Island is where history, nature and adventure converge. It is a remote sub-Antarctic Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Its isolation and...

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December 10, 2023

The Apex Predators of Africa: Nature’s Most Formidable Hunters

The African continent is home to some of Earth’s most magnificent and awe-inspiring animals. In addition, the savannah is a land of contrasts, where...

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November 26, 2023

Whakarewarewa Forest: A Journey Through Nature’s Wonderland

In the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, amidst the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, lies a place of natural beauty and cultural significance. The...

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October 29, 2023

Fields of Gold: The Canola Fields of South Australia

The Fields of Gold come alive in South Australia and other parts of Australia during the flowering season as vast canola fields transform the...

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October 15, 2023

The Journey of Solitude: The Life of Male Leopards 

For the most part, nature has a unique way of shaping the lives of its inhabitants, and one such remarkable journey is the life...

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October 1, 2023

Hobbiton: A Whimsical Adventure in the Heart of New Zealand

The Shire, Bag End, Hobbit-holes and The Green Dragon Inn are all there, waiting to be seen. Nestled amidst the lush green landscape of...

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September 24, 2023

Flinders Ranges South Australia

The Flinders Ranges National Park is nestled in the heart of South Australia. The area is a living canvas that tells the tale of...

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September 10, 2023

Birds: How Feathered Friends Make Us Happy

Nature has a way of captivating our hearts and uplifting our spirits. One such part of nature and one of its most enchanting creations...

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August 27, 2023

Termite Mounds in Africa: Nature’s Vantage Points for Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs

Africa is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife, including the majestic big cats that roam its savannas and grasslands. Humble termite mounds is...

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August 13, 2023

Survival Tactics: How Leopards Whiskers Enhance Their Adaptability.

Leopards (Panthera pardus) is one of nature’s most captivating animals with unparalleled beauty, graceful demeanour, and long, luxurious whiskers. The whiskers (vibrissae) are an intriguing...

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July 29, 2023

A World Without Tigers? Reflecting on International Tiger Day 2023

July 29th is dedicated to the tiger, one of our planet’s most captivating and endangered animals. International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger...

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July 2, 2023

Venturing into the heart of Amboseli National Park: A wildlife adventure

I recently had an amazing experience visiting Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is a renowned tourist...

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June 25, 2023

“Colours, Culture, and Joy: Celebrating Paro Festival in Bhutan”

Bhutan is a tiny Himalayan kingdom known for its unique culture and breathtaking landscapes. The country comes alive during its vibrant and joyous festivals....

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June 18, 2023

The Sacred Sentinels ~ Bhutan’s Tsa Tsas

Bhutan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and spiritual practices. It is home to numerous unique traditions that have withstood the test of...

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June 11, 2023

Exploring the Mystical Tigers Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Situated in the majestic Himalayan mountain range, the nation of Bhutan is renowned for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and is affectionately known as the...

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June 4, 2023

The Significance of Stupas and Chortens in Buddhist Culture

Bhutan, nestled in the eastern Himalayas, is known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and deep-rooted spirituality. While you explore this enchanting kingdom,...

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May 28, 2023

Bhutanese Monks: The Keepers of Tradition and Culture

Bhutan is a small country located in the Himalayan region of Asia. The country has a rich and diverse history, dating back to the...

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May 21, 2023

“Blessings on the Wind: The Sacredness of Bhutanese Prayer Flags”

Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas lies the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, known for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique...

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May 14, 2023

“The Role of Yaks in Bhutanese Society: From Dairy Products to Religious Festivals”

Bhutan is a small landlocked country in the Himalayas. It is well known for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique biodiversity. One...

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April 23, 2023

Captivating Beauty of Blue-Eyed King Cormorants in the Falkland Islands

Blue-eyed King Cormorants (Leucocarbo aticeps), also known as Imperial Cormorants or Imperial Shags. Being seabirds, they are mainly found in coastal areas of the...

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April 15, 2023

The Unique New Zealand Weka

New Zealand is home to a wide array of unique and captivating wildlife. The New Zealand weka (Gallirallus australis) is one of many flightless...

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March 26, 2023

The Majestic Sea Birds of the Falklands: The Magellanic Cormorants

Magellanic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax magellanicus) are also known as Rock Cormorants or shag. They are a species of seabird found in the Falkland Islands. They...

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March 5, 2023

Southern Giant Petrel

Southern giant petrels (Macronectes giganteus) are large seabirds native to the Southern Hemisphere. Furthermore, they are related to the Northern giant petrel (Macronectes halli),...

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February 12, 2023

Southern Rockhopper Penguins

Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) “Rockhoppers” are penguins native to the southern hemisphere.  Hence, rockhoppers are only found in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia,...

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January 15, 2023

Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) (Magellanics) are a species of penguins. All penguins are black and white, called counter-shading, an ideal camouflage. Being black and...

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December 20, 2022

Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) (Gentoos) are the third largest penguin of 18 species of penguins.  Gentoos are very distinctive with their black and white...

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Falkland Islands King Penguins Penguins
November 26, 2022

King Penguins

King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) (Kings) are the second largest penguin species in the world (Emperor penguins are the largest species of penguin). Adult Kings...

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November 5, 2022

National Bison Day 

National Bison Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in November. The American Bison was named the national mammal of the United States on...

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World Lemur Day 2022
October 28, 2022

World Lemur Day 2022

World Lemur Day 2022 is celebrated on 28th October 2022. It is a day to remember and honour lemurs worldwide.  The word “Lemur” translates as...

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New Zealand Fur Seals
October 23, 2022

New Zealand Fur Seals

Cape Palliser is at the southernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand (NZ), a scenic 90-minute drive from Wellington. It is famous for...

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October 8, 2022

World Migratory Bird Day 2022

World Migratory Bird Day 2022 (WMBD) is celebrated twice a year on the second Saturday in May and October. It is a way to...

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Takahe at Zelandia
September 4, 2022

New Zealand Takahē

The Takahē (Porphyrio hochsterreri) is endemic to New Zealand (NZ). It is also the largest living rail (small to medium-sized ground-dwelling birds with short...

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August 24, 2022

Middlehurst Station

I recently attended an Art Photography Workshop at Middlehurst Station with Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt.  Both of whom are exceptional Australian landscape photographers.  Each year,...

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North Island Kaka
August 21, 2022

New Zealand Kākā 

The New Zealand Kākā (Nestor meridionalis) is a large, lively and noisy parrot found in the native forests of New Zealand. There are two subspecies, the...

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July 17, 2022

Ethiopia’s Gelada Monkeys

Ethiopia’s Gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) is a species of old-world monkey and is the world’s most terrestrial primate besides humans. They spend around 99%...

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June 12, 2022

The Chimpanzees 

The Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), also called chimps, are classified as great apes, gorillas, and orangutans. Chimpanzees and humans share up to 98% of the...

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May 28, 2022

Florentin Tel Aviv~ A hipster neighbourhood

Florentin is an old neighbourhood in south Tel Aviv, Israel. It differs greatly from other parts of Tel Aviv due to its long and...

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May 14, 2022

Israel’s Cat-astrophe

Israel has a significant cat problem, with approximately two million street cats. At the current rate of street cat reproduction, the cat population will...

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May 3, 2022

International Leopard Day 2022

Today, May 3rd, 2022, is the annual celebration of International Leopard Day. A day to celebrate leopards (Panthera pardus) while at the same time...

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April 24, 2022

Red Elephants

Surprisingly, the only place in the world to see Red Elephants is in Tsavo National Park (TNP). TNP is the largest National Park in...

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April 10, 2022

Black-browed Albatross 

The Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) is also known as a black-browed Mollymawk. These birds are the most common albatross species globally. They were named...

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February 25, 2022

Somalisa Camp, the home of the elephants

Somalisa Camp, the home of the elephants, is in Hwange National Park (HNP). Without a doubt, it is a land of contrasts, from dense...

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February 9, 2022

Vultures nature’s cleanup crew

Vultures are nature’s cleanup crew. When one thinks of vultures, several connotations spring to mind. Specifically, scavengers, ugly, gross, vulgar, dirty and diseased, to...

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January 29, 2022

MalaMala ~ ‘home of the Big 5’

MalaMala game reserve is one of the largest and the first privately owned and commercially operated Big 5 game reserves in South Africa. MalaMala...

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Big Tusker, Tuskless elephants in Africa
January 13, 2022

Tuskless Elephants in Africa

Tuskless elephants in Africa are increasing. The iconic feature of elephants is their large off-white tusks of varying sizes. These off-white ivory tusks are...

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January 8, 2022

Port Arthur ~ UNESCO World Heritage Site

History Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Tasmania. While it is famous for being a penal settlement, it...

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winning image african wildlife category
December 13, 2021

Wilderness Safari Photo Competition

Wilderness Safari Conservation The Wilderness Safari Photo competition has been running since 2017. This year’s photo competition raised ZAR200,000 ($18,000AU) for Children in the...

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November 1, 2021

Eastern Quoll ~ very cute little marsupials

Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) are very cute little marsupials native to Australia.  Once found in south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania, they were declared extinct on mainland...

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October 15, 2021

King Billy Pine Forest ~ a walk with giants

King Billy Pines (Athrotaxis selanginoides), also known as King William Pines, is a tree endemic to Tasmania. They only grow in the mountains of...

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October 1, 2021

Australian White Ibis ~ wetland to urbanland

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), also known as the Sacred Ibis, is a protected native bird of Australia under the State Wildlife Nature...

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juvenile tassie devil in tree
September 19, 2021

Tasmanian Devils ~ feisty carnivorous marsupials

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), also known as the “Tassie Devil”, is a feisty, carnivorous marsupial. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.  They...

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saltwater crocodile
September 1, 2021

Saltwater crocodile ~ a stealthy, deadly and lurking predator

The saltwater crocodile, estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) or “saltie”, most commonly called in Australia, are the largest living crocodilian species in the world. Their...

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August 1, 2021

Waterlilies ~ quiet jewels of the pond

What are waterlilies Waterlilies ~ are the quiet jewels of the pond. The scientific name for the water lily is “Nymphaea”, originating from the...

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July 17, 2021

Mt Borradaile ~ nature and art paradise

Mt Borradaile (Awunbarna) is a registered Aboriginal sacred site in northwest Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (NT) Australia. The traditional owners and custodians of the...

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April 23, 2021

Mana Pools ~ rugged and wild

Mana Pools National Park ~ rugged and wild, is one of Zimbabwe’s most remote and least developed safari parks. It is a 220-hectare wildlife...

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April 16, 2021

Save the Elephant Day 2021

Save the Elephant Day 2021 is celebrated on April 16th. It is a day to honour and raise awareness of these magnificent animals. Furthermore,...

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March 26, 2021

Antarctica The White Continent

Whenever I think about Antarctica, The White Continent, I can only think of the Drake Passage. Given the turbulence and drama of the Drake...

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March 16, 2021

National Giant Panda Day 2021

March 16th is the day to honour the adorable black and white Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).  It is also a day to acknowledge National Giant Panda...

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March 12, 2021

Lake Clark Alaska ~ Home of the Bears

Brown bears have made Lake Clark, Alaska, their home. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (LCNPP) is approximately 160 km southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.  It...

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February 26, 2021

Haines Alaska Valley of the Eagles

Haines, Alaska, is known as The Valley of the Eagles. This is due to the large annual influx of bald eagles that descend on...

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February 15, 2021

International Hippopotamus Day 2021

There are two species of hippopotamus International Hippopotamus Day 2021 is 15th February, honouring the hippopotamus. While the origins of International Hippopotamus Day is...

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February 12, 2021

Australian pelicans largest flying bird

Australian pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) are waterbirds. Pelicans live in wetlands, waterways, lagoons, swamps, rivers, lakes and coastlines throughout Australia. Australian pelicans are the largest...

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February 7, 2021

The Galapagos Islands nature paradise

The Galapagos Islands are a nature paradise with a sordid and scandalous history. The islands are 950 km off the coast of Ecuador. The...

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January 31, 2021

International Zebra Day 2021

January 31st is designated International Zebra Day. For one thing, these amazing black and white striped animals deserve their special day!  Zebras (Equus quagga)...

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January 29, 2021

Yellowstone National Park winter wonderland

Yellowstone National Park (YNP) was the first national park in the U.S., and at the same time, is the first in the world. Possessing...

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December 14, 2020

World Monkey Day 2020

December 14th is a day to celebrate all our “monkey” friends and non-human primates (apes, tarsiers and lemurs).  monkey and primate family tree About...

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December 13, 2020

National Day of the Horse 2020

Every year on, December 13th is the National Day of the Horse. Humans and horses have shared a strong relationship for many thousands of...

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December 4, 2020

Wildlife Conservation Day 2020

Wildlife Conservation Day is celebrated on December 4th every year. Overall, this relate to the protection of plants, and all animal species and their...

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December 4, 2020

International Cheetah Day

December 4th is International Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Day. A day to honour and raise awareness for the ongoing threats that cheetahs face daily. The word...

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November 29, 2020

Urban Decay Obsession

Urban Decay Obsession and Urbay Decay Photography: a new fascination with decaying places? Is it an obsession in the making? There are new terms...

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September 28, 2020

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is situated 15 km off the coast of South Australia. The island measures 155 km long and 55 km wide, with 4400...

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September 24, 2020

World Gorilla Day 2020

World Gorilla Day 2020 is the day to celebrate Gorillas. It is the same day that Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Centre in...

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September 22, 2020

World Rhino Day 2020

September 22nd is World Rhino Day 2020. Accordingly, it is a day for celebrating and raising awareness for the world’s last five remaining rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae):...

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September 19, 2020

International Red Panda Day 2020

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is a small mammal species. They are part of their own distinct and unique family ~ the Ailuridae. They...

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September 5, 2020

Kamchatka wild and untamed

The Kamchatka Peninsula is wild and untamed. It measures 1250 km long and 480 km wide at its largest point. The landmass is a 370,000 km² peninsula....

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August 25, 2020

World African Painted Dog Day 2020

As one of the worlds most endangered animals, celebrating World African Painted Dog Day is a way to educate and bring awareness to these...

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August 20, 2020

Chameleons colourful and unique

Chameleons (Chamaeleonidae) are best known for being colourful and unique, in addition to their exotic colours and ability to change them. However, they are...

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August 12, 2020

World Elephant Day 2020

World Elephant Day is a day to honour elephants, spread awareness about the critical threats elephants face, and support organisations protecting elephants worldwide. Why do we love...

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August 10, 2020

World Lion Day 2020

World Lion Day is celebrated on August 10th. This day was designated as it also coincides with the Leo Zodiac sign. In addition, it...

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July 28, 2020

World Nature Conservation 2020

World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated worldwide on July 28th each year.  Nature Conservation Day is observed to raise awareness and address. In essence,...

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King penguin colony
July 18, 2020

Falkland Islands wildlife rules

Brief History Without a doubt, a paradise in the Southern Ocean was first sighted in 1592 by English navigator John Davis on his ship...

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World Chimpanzee Day
July 14, 2020

World Chimpanzee Day 2020

World Chimpanzee Day 2020 is a day to celebrate these amazing animals while raising awareness about the urgent need to protect chimpanzees, both in...

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June 22, 2020

World Camel Day 2020

It is a day to recognize camels and their importance for many people’s livelihoods.  There are two species of camel (Camelus). The Dromedary with...

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June 21, 2020

World Giraffe Day 2020

World Giraffe Day 2020 (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the only NGO focusing exclusively on giraffe...

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May 23, 2020

World Turtle Day 2020

World Turtle Day is celebrated to raise awareness and increase knowledge and respect for all turtles, tortoises, and terrapins, which all belong to a...

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May 2, 2020

Wild Koala Day 2020

The Wild Koala of Australia’s is the most famous and favourite animal and a national symbol of Australia’s unique wildlife. Over the past five...

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April 25, 2020

World Penguin Day 2020

World Penguin Day is celebrated to honour penguins, one of the world’s most unique birds. It coincides with the annual northern migration of the...

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April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020

Coincidentally, I created my new website on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22nd 2020. By way of history, Earth Day began on...

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September 13, 2018

Photographing East Greenland

I spent ten full days sailing in the Scoresby Sound on my photography expedition to East Greenland. The sound extends from the Greenland Sea,...

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July 20, 2018

Madagascar a great adventure

Exploring Madagascar: A land of lemurs, baobabs, and chameleons. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Situated off the southeast coast of...

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Bamurru Plains Australia Northern Territory
May 19, 2018

Bamurru Plains NT

My ‘Outback Australian‘ experience began in early May 2018. I was attending a 4-day photography workshop at Wild Bush Luxury Camp. The camp is...

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April 22, 2018

Wadi Rum in 24 hours

Wadi Rum is known as ‘The desert of Mountains’. It lies in the south of Jordan and is an area of stunning red and white...

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Jordan Petra Little Petra Wadi Rum
April 22, 2018

Three days in Jordan

On a recent trip to Israel, I decided to do a side trip and spend three days in Jordan. My destination was the UNESCO...

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