After my Botswana trip I met up with a different assistant photographer and went to Namibia. My overall observations of Namibia are very positive; great guide, friendly people, interesting desert, and great wildlife viewing. If you like landscape photography, in addition to great wildlife viewing and photography, Namibia is for you.
Namibia is a desert country, with ... Read more about this adventure
It’s the people (including our excellent guides and camp staff) that make the trip, and the 14 people that joined me on this trip were some of the best guests I have ever taken to Africa. I would know, I have been taking people like this on trips for decades. Hopefully, we will be traveling ... Read more about this adventure
Once we got through customs and brought our bags to the hotel, our African adventure started by going on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi river. It was a great way to start the trip.
On the cruise we had our first encounter with guides from Zimbabwe. They were fantastic in their warmth, knowledge, and professionalism.
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There are few roads, so the best way to get from Victoria Falls to Camp Moremi is by flying
Walking to your room, you never know who or what (a bushbuck) might be waiting for you at these camps. You are in the bush, surrounded by wildlife, and can hear the lions and other animals at ... Read more about this adventure
After four nights at Camp Moremi our next stop was Camp Okavango, with another set of great guides and staff
At this camp there are no Landcruisers. If you walk, it’s with an unarmed guide, since no guns are allowed
The mokoro rides are with a guide that moves you through the reeds with a large pole
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A few photos of the peeps in our group doing their thing, some of them courtesy of Hal Gosling. Don’t miss the two videos of Dominic; one singing in a canoe, the other dancing with the locals.
Dominic singing “Amore”
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The zebra in this part of Africa are called the Common Zebra, also known as the Burchell’s Zebra. These are the same ones you see throughout East Africa. The other species of zebra I have seen on prior trips are the Grevy’s Zebra in northern Kenya.
Zebra’s faces have lots of expression
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The waterways of the Okavango Delta attract large numbers of elephants for obvious reasons. You will frequently see them on land, on the islands, at the water’s edge, and in the water. We saw them from our vehicle and our boat, and we even walked amongst them. If you are an elephant fan like us, ... Read more about this adventure
They look so cute and adorable, especially when they are cuddling in the water. Don’t be fooled by their “three stooges” look, they are quite dangerous as most people know. They are responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other larger mammal.
You don’t want to get between them and their escape route, a bull’s ... Read more about this adventure
Cape Buffalo (some people mistakenly call them water buffalo) are know by two other names; African Buffalo, and Black Death. The Black Death comes from their propensity to consciously charge hunters after they have been wounded in an attempt (successfully sometimes) to kill the hunter.
We took the powerboats to an island for a walking tour with ... Read more about this adventure
Our guides drove us to the airstrip at Camp Moremi to see some male lions. Sure enough, when we got there we saw two lazy male lions enjoying their peace and quiet (which would soon be interrupted).
One male was sitting under the fire buckets, while the other was at the passenger loading area. Neither had a ... Read more about this adventure
We had more leopard sightings in our four days at Camp Moremi in Botswana than I have seen in all my other eight Africa trips combined. During the daytime leopards like to rest in a tree, hunting under the cover of darkness at night. Apparently the leopards we saw did not know this, because they were quite active ... Read more about this adventure
Wild dogs are also known as cape hunting dogs and painted dogs. Even though they are not large, their speed, stamina, and teamwork make them highly efficient predators. It took me 7 trips to Africa to see them for the first time, in 2015 in Tanzania. In Botswana we saw them many times in our 4 days ... Read more about this adventure
Most people have heard of this snake, and know how dangerous it is due to its size, speed, toxicity, and aggressiveness. It can outrun most people, easily goes up a tree, and does not seem to have fear when it is aroused. The snake is greenish-grey in color; it gets its name from the black ... Read more about this adventure
Our shark dive was cancelled due to rough sea conditions, so we did the next best thing, and went to the beach and learned about sharks.
It was a nice beach with lots of surfers, just like in California!
After the surfers we saw the African penguins
There is lots of educational material to learn about their behavior
There are many more ... Read more about this adventure
Pelican, yellow-billed stork and spoonbill
Darter drying its wings
Darter eating a fish breakfast (headfirst)
Wattled crane adults
Wattled crane chicks
Immature malachite kingfisher catching a fish
The results of trying to photograph this fast-diving bird coming out of the water
Pied kingfisher hovering over a fish before diving after it
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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 a martial eagle, the ... 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