Sunday, October 20, 2013

Model Leopard Cubs

Rarely do animals cooperate when it comes to having their photos taken. Anyone whose been on safari will have their fair share of backside images which apart from the odd zebra behind will end up in the trash.

Occasionally however you get a sighting where the subject/s could not be more cooperative and at times even appear stage managed. One such sighting occurred on my last safari close to the Mara River in the northern Serengeti...

After spending an hour with two leopard cubs on a morning drive, we returned to the same spot late in the afternoon in the hope of capturing the 3 month old siblings playing in the soft afternoon light.

For the next 2 hours we were lucky enough to capture some of the most extraordinary images and video of the model cubs as they posed together and alone in amongst their rocky home while their mother entertained a friend on the other side of the valley - blog post to follow shortly!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

CSI Scorpions

Horatio has been using UV light to great effect over the years to bring Miami's bad guys to justice. Now it's been discovered that scorpions also react to black lights due to fluorescing properties of their exoskeletons when exposed to light of this wavelength.

With small hand held UV devices easily available online, anyone traveling on safari can equip themselves with a scorpion detecting device. Whether you're an arachnaphobe or arachnaphile, these hitherto invisible nocturnal critters will spring to life on your next trip into the bush.

Parabuthus sp. under UV light near Tarangire NP, Tanzania