We went back to Mongolia in June of 2016 to continue the filming of our documentary called “The Twelfth Eagle”. The two main reasons we went back in the summer were to watch Ardak release his current eagle of 6 years for good, and watch him capture a new golden eagle chick to train.
The capital, Ulan Bataar, ... Read more about this adventure
To say it was cold was an understatement. The early mornings, when the natural light was good for our photography, hovered around -20 F. Thank goodness there was no wind and the sun was out to help warm us up.
Mornings were so cold that glasses were frosted and not usable
Ardak’s horse had some frost also
I dressed ... Read more about this adventure
Action shots of golden eagles do not come easily. They don’t feel obliged to follow the script for our movie most times, so filming them can be seat-of-the-pants. My experience with wildlife photography in general was a big help. The biggest help was Ardak, the master eagle falconer we stayed with. Without his significant help ... Read more about this adventure
Ardak’s skills were taught by his father, a tradition that goes back thousands of years. The female eagle lives with him literally, and he takes it out almost every day. It is a major commitment of time for a nomad that has grazing livestock to attend to.
Our first view of his eagle when we first arrived and ... Read more about this adventure
Dr. Palazzolo and Dr. Kennedy went to Mongolia in February of 2016, when it was bitterly cold, in order to watch a master falconer use his golden eagle to hunt foxes and rabbits. It was a preliminary trip for an indie movie we are making on the relationship between a Kazakh nomad and his golden eagle.
We ... Read more about this adventure
Wildlife documentaries are unscripted, and take hundreds of hours filming to produce a 2 hour movie. Golden eagles don’t tend to know their lines all that well, so patience is the most important piece of equipment to pack into your bags.
Before we left we worked on a script for the documentary in order to give us an idea ... Read more about this adventure
Kallie was a birthday girl, so she gets extra photos
Read more about this adventure
In September of 2005 Dr. P joined an Earthwatch group headed by Dr. Bruce Patterson of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. His team helped gather research data on the maneless lions of Tsavo National Park in Kenya. These lions are the descendants of the lions that killed 140 railway workers in Kenya ... Read more about this adventure
Read more about this adventure
Boli was quite knowledgeable. He gave us a great presentation every day using the high definition plasma display to teach us the history, flora, and fauna of Galapagos.
Now, about his jokes……
He was also a good photographer. Some of his photos are on this Galapagos page.
Christina was just as charming and knowledgeable
Its fun to bust the ... Read more about this adventure
Lions tend to be evening hunters, although our guides told us several prides in this area hunt in the daytime frequently. Even though I love the cheetahs nothing is more intense than a lion that is in the act of hunting.
You will encounter playful lion cubs on this page. Those babies had to come from somewhere….
When ... Read more about this adventure
Masai Mara Trip October 2007
Kenya has well over a thousand species of birds. We would awaken in the morning to their calls and see them all day long in the air and on the ground.
This page has a few of the more interesting ones. At the end of the page we have a sequence of ... Read more about this adventure
As you can imagine there are many predators in the Mara.We saw and have photos of hyena, mongoose, bat-eared fox, jackals, serval, and the rare caracal. I even had a mongoose visit my tent one night as he pitter pattered around the sides. I did not know what it was at first, and when I ... Read more about this adventure
Ol Seki was even more luxurious than Rekero. This is because it is a permanent camp and does not have to be taken down yearly. At Ol Seki you can go on long walks and you can go on night drives because you are outside the Mara National Reserve.
Just like in Rekero, the food is ... Read more about this adventure
Here are a few photos of this wonderful camp at the Talek river. It is run by Gerard Beaton and his very competent (but funny talking) manger Rob Stower. If you plan on a trip at the Mara we highlly recommend it.
The food is great, the staff are great, the accomodations are very comfortable, and ... Read more about this adventure
This is a luxurious camp with gourmet food and a personal chef. Its ideas for small groups, honeymooners, and special occasions
Upon arrival you are greeted by an enthusiastic and professional staff
Accommodations are excellent
You eat overlooking a lake
At the end of a morning game drive or walking tour they surprise you with breakfast in the ... Read more about this adventure
Wild dogs are endangered with extinction in Tanzania (they number 2,000 in the whole country. They are usually found on the move, and as such can be difficult to photograph. We were lucky to catch them while they were resting. The next goal is to catch them while hunting.
As was to be expected, we first came ... Read more about this adventure
My 8th time to Africa. In addition to another great trip to the Serengeti we visited the Selous in Tanzania. You can see details of my 7 prior Africa trips in the Wildlife Photography section of the LBAH web site.
In the first half of the trip we went back to Lake Ndutu in the Serengeti. After the Serengeti ... Read more about this adventure
We made it! After 2 years of planning and lots of airplane flights we are finally on safari.
Well, almost there. We still had another 45 minute small plane flight to get us to Lake Ndutu, our final destination for the first leg of our trip.
Speaking of small planes, do you have any idea of why ... Read more about this adventure
Tanzania has more lions than any other country. They number around 20,000, although they were well over 100,000 in the recent past. Habitat destruction, persecution from herders, and poaching have been the biggest reason for their decline
The lions in the Serengeti have been studied extensively for decades. This is a photo of the vehicle they ... Read more about this adventure
GRAPHIC PHOTOS IN THIS PAGE
They act playful when they are not hunting for their survival
In the cool of the early morning, when prey is abundant and within striking distance, Cheetah sometimes do nothing. Only when the sun is higher, and it is getting so hot that heat waves interfere with photographing them with a telephoto ... Read more about this adventure
This was my fist chance to see a close encounter between lions and hyenas. It happened at 9 Am while driving in the central Serengeti.
A clan of hyena were feasting on the significant remains of a wildebeest
The ripped away and engorged themselves
They kept a wary eye in the distance, and we soon found out why
As ... Read more about this adventure
Les and Cindy
Greg and Claudia
Return to Photographer’a Africa page
Read more about this adventure
In February of 2013 I took 10 people to Lake Ndutu in the southern Serengeti of Tanzania to photograph the wildlife, particularly the big cats. The Serengeti is a wildlife photographers dream, and will spoil you when you travel to other parts of the world to photograph wildlife. Click here to see my prior page on the ... Read more about this adventure
GRAPHIC PHOTOS IN THIS PAGE NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
All photos are in low resolution saved as jpeg medium compression. Click on them to see them in greater resolution.
They were taken with (unless otherwise noted):
Canon 1 DX
Canon 500mm f/4 IS II with 1.4X TC ver III
Bean bag and hand holding
In the late afternoon we came across ... Read more about this adventure
On a trip like this you can spend countless hours watching our early ancestors in their daily routine. In Tanjung Puting NP the wild orangutans are given food daily at feeding stations. This gives you a golden opportunity to observe their behavior. In this video you get to meet Doyak, the dominant male in this ... Read more about this adventure
Tom is the orangutan that displaced Kusasi, the reigning king for many years. Kusasi has quite a story about how he overcame adversity and had the personality needed to be the dominant male. Rumor has it that Doyak is displacing Tom, which is the natural course of mature orangutan males.
We did not expect to encounter ... Read more about this adventure
The orangutans at the care center range from babies to adults, and are here for a multitude of reasons. Some have chronic disease and will not survive in the wild. Others are young orphans and need a place to call home in the denuded rain forest. Their mothers were killed because they wandered into the ... Read more about this adventure
Time to eat!
When going up the Sekonyer river to Camp Leakey you pass several feeding stations where the semi-wild orangutans are fed twice daily. Once the large and dominant males like Doyak, who eat first, leave the feeding station the other orangutans, pigs, squirrels, and gibbons move in for their feast. They are not afraid ... Read more about this adventure
Much has changed in Camp Leakey since my last trip. This is not surprising due to the decades that have passed, the major changes in the rainforest, and the tremendous pressure put on the environment by the logging industry and palm oil plantations.
If you haven’t already checked out the web page on my 1991 trip ... Read more about this adventure