Tag Archives: Namibia

Angolan giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis)

In Namibia’s Etosha National Park, there are huge areas with hardly any vegetation at all, and finding giraffes and other large animals here is quite surreal as there is nothing to eat, from a human perspective at least, as everything is tinder-dry as the heat of the sun makes every bit of moisture evaporate. In […]

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Once these magnificent felines were plentiful in Africa and India. Now they are extinct in India, and in Africa their numbers are dwindling, and the cheetah is now a threatened species. Although many game farms and private reserves have their own cheetahs they are often restricted by fences and thus are practically prisoners, this is […]

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

In the soft hues of the sunrise, everything becomes magic, even more so when you see such incredible creatures as the cheetah. Unfortunately this species, as most others, is threatened. And even though Namibia seem like a haven, cheetahs are fenced in by a network of private properties, cutting off the free flow of genes, […]

Northern black korhaan (Afrotis afraoides)

A female northern black korhaan, one of the smaller species of bustards, pausing for a few seconds. That is when it’s really hard to see as it blends in so well with the dry vegetation. The male is, as most often, much more conspicuous both in sound, behaviour and plumage, which is black and white […]

Lion (Panthera leo)

This lion was in search of shade as the sun was rising ever higher in the morning sky, a commodity not easy to find during the dry season near the Etosha Pan. Southern Africa is experiencing a deep drought while north-eastern region flooding – an ever more common scenario of extremes. Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON […]

Kori bustard (Ardeotis kori)

This is an amazing bird, one of the largest flying bird species on the planet. Yet you rarely see it fly, but when you do it’s very clear how large this species is. The species is near threatened, so doing better than its Eurasian cousin the great bustard (Otis tarda), which is vulnerable. Hopefully it […]

Southern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

A common species in Namibia, and I enjoyed their vocalizations them in the early mornings, sometimes singing from the tree closet to my tent and answering its mate in a duet. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 700mm ISO: 220 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

A truly spectacular bird with a popular name I have never understood. This is an endangered species, and I encountered very few of them and treasured every encounter, as this is a truly amazing looking bird. The secretary bird is a formidable hunter, and the prey, be it insects or mammals stand little chance once […]

Heatwave and only one tree for shade

A herd finding shade under a lone tree

These Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) are huddled together, not for warmth, but in desperation for shade. This was the only tree standing in a vast stretch of land in Etosha National Park, and had drawn these to it as the sun was understandably unbearable. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 24mm ISO: 125 Shutter speed: […]

Desert Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

The landscapes of Damaraland are incredibly beautiful, and when you encounter a group of desert elephants in the soft hues of sunrise, it takes your breath away. This is shot by the the dried up Huab river. This group was so pleasant, friendly and harmonious, even with two very young calves. They regularly visit wells […]

Lonely trees in Damaraland, Namibia

This particular area was absolutely stunning in the soft light of early morning – a savanna with beautifully colored dead grasses and a clutch of three small trees clinging onto life. Elevation: 403 meters Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 700mm ISO: 500 Shutter speed: 1/1250 s

Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

Namibia’s Walvis Bay area is rich in wildlife, reliant on the abundance of marine life found in the cold and nutrient rich Atlantic waters, governed by the Benguela Current. The abundant marine life attracts wildlife and humans in hordes, and with this abundance comes lots of opportunities for those who are able to see them. […]

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

There are two species of flamingo in Namibia, the other species is the greater flamingo which has a dark tip on a pink beak. I found large groups of flamingos wading in the brackish waters not far inland from Walvis Bay. It is separated from the coast with kilometers of desert, which makes it appear […]

Lesser flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor)

A single, juvenile, greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) resting in a flock of lesser flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia. It was cloudy this day, as so many days by the coast. Some days the sun breaks through just before the sunset, other days not at all. This makes it much cooler than just a few kilometers […]

Southern Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas ssp. mesomelas)

A wonderful moment where two siblings were close together as they were investigating my presence. Their mother was staying a bit out of sight as she had an injury in one of her legs. This meant that these two youngsters were left to their own devices and to find out what I had on offer […]

Southern Black-backed Jackal (Lupulella mesomelas ssp. mesomelas)

The jackal is an intelligent species that will exploit every available opportunity, and this one was assessing whether or not a human presence would be beneficial, and as such simply waited for whatever to unfold.⠀ ⠀ This was not the first one I encountered along the coast, just a bit further south of this location […]

Hot air balloon in Namibia

What better way to experience a sunrise than in the air – silently flowing on the invisible layers of moving air, soon to be heated up by the sun. As the sun rises, the air becomes turbulent and a trip much less pleasant and unpredictable. Elevation: 719 meters Aperture: ƒ/3.5 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: […]

Lone tree, Namibia

A single tree has survived years of heat, drought and very occasional rain. Elevation: 993 meters Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D4S Focal length: 70mm ISO: 640 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Rüppell’s Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppellii)

Bustards blend in perfectly with the desert landscape and in withered vegetation, and often not seen unless they are moving. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/800 s

Sossusvlei sunrise

A rare moment with gorgeous puffy clouds creating crepescular rays during the golden hour, by one of the enormous sand dunes. In the desert the sky is almost always without any clouds, making the sky dull and featureless. But this precious morning was touched by magic, in a magical landscape! Elevation: 620 meters Aperture: ƒ/9 […]

Lone tree, Namibia

A single tree has not only survived years of heat, drought and very occasional rain, but thrived to become a mature giant. Elevation: 620 meters Aperture: ƒ/9 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 24mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/60 s

The Deadvlei tree

Prior to my visit unseasonal rains had turned trees, shrubs and plants green and in bloom, but the water was long gone from this particular and iconic clay pan. I was told that all of this was under water for many days and looked otherworldly, as the otherwise dry ground had become a mirror of […]

Flowering desert tree, Deadvlei

Out of season, rain has made trees and plants grow foliage and flowers, and this seemingly dead tree is now surging with flowers and bees pollinating them, and this just meters away from many ancient dead trees. It’s amazing to see how insects are able to take advantage of even the most irregular of seasons. […]