My up-coming ‘Zululand’ presentation – anyone welcome!

As every year I am visiting my family and friends in Germany and Switzerland in April/May.

This year a small town in Switzerland has invited me to give a presentation about “ZULULAND – Wildlife and the People in South Africa”. This is a public event on 28 April and anyone is welcome at the presentation. I will talk about my life and my work in South Africa and show some of my pictures. The presentation I will be in German … 🙂 .

And now in German…

Wie jedes Jahr besuche ich meine Familie und Freunde in Deutschland und der Schweiz im April/Mai.

Dieses Jahr hat mich eine kleine Gemeinde in der Schweiz (Schlossrued) eingeladen, einen Vortrag zum Thema “ZULULAND – Tierwelt und Menschen in Suedafrika” zu halten. Dies ist eine oeffentliche Veranstaltung und jederman ist willkommen. Ich erzaehle ueber mein Leben und meine Arbeit in Suedafrika und zeige einige meiner Bilder. (Den Vortrag halte ich in Deutsch).

Looking forward to seeing some of you in Europe 🙂

A few people have asked me where Schlossrued is! Here we go:

Happy Easter Weekend!

This year I thought I blog some of my favorite baby animal pictures instead of the usual bunny. Here they are!

Have a good Easter Weekend.

Lion Cubs

Elephant Calf

Buffalo Calf

Rhino Calf

Impala Calf

Hyena Puppy

Zebra Foal

Blue Wildebeest Calf

Giraffe Calf

Profile

This is a very typical profile view of a Black Rhino. Heads up, ears forward and alert, nostril wide and ready for action.

Meeting these creatures on foot is one of the most exciting experiences of any African walking safari.

This picture is the result of good luck, a long lens and the right light 🙂

Picture details: Hooked-lipped Rhinoceros – Black Rhino | Location: South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500 f4L | AV | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | f/4 | 0eV | WB 6500K – post processing corrected | free-hand

SUNday

One of Thanda’s Lionesses in the most beautiful morning light. Have a good SUNday 🙂

Picture details: African Lion | Location: Thanda Safari, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500 f4L | AV | ISO 200 | 1/500s | f/4 | 0eV | WB 6500K – post processing corrected | free-hand

With one look …

There are big five pictures and there are BIG FIVE pictures 🙂

I recently needed a collage of the BIG FIVE for a presentation and I came up with this one. Being in the focus of these amazing and impressive animals is one of the real thrills of an African safari!

In Africa, the big five game animals are the African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and Rhinoceros. The term “BIG FIVE” was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot.

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PS: For all my blog followers in Germany and Switzerland: In April I will be giving a public presentation (with many of my pictures) during my visit to Europe – all visitors are welcome! Details at https://sperka.info/2017/03/19/e2017

Deutschland/Schweiz – Germany/Switzerland 2017

As every year I am visiting my family and friends in Germany and Switzerland in April/May.

This year a small town in Switzerland has invited me to give a presentation about “ZULULAND – Wildlife and the People in South Africa”. This is a public event on 28 April and anyone is welcome at the presentation. I will talk about my life and my work in South Africa and show some of my pictures. The presentation I will be in German … 🙂  .

I am also planning to be in the Zurich Zoo on one of my days in Europe and I happy to meet and chat with any of my social media followers. I will announce the date for this a bit later.

And now in German…

Wie jedes Jahr besuche ich meine Familie und Freunde in Deutschland und der Schweiz im April/Mai.

Dieses Jahr hat mich eine kleine Gemeinde in der Schweiz (Schlossrued) eingeladen, einen Vortrag zum Thema “ZULULAND – Tierwelt und Menschen in Suedafrika” zu halten. Dies ist eine oeffentliche Veranstaltung und jederman ist willkommen. Ich erzaehle ueber mein Leben und meine Arbeit in Suedafrika und zeige einige meiner Bilder. (Den Vortrag halte ich in Deutsch). 

Ausserdem plane ich einen Besuch im Zoo in Zurich. Ich treffen mich gerne zu einer Unterhaltung mit Social Media Followers (fiel mir keine gute Uebersetzung ins Deutsche ein :-). Das Datum hierfuer gebe ich ein wenig spaeter bekannt.

Looking forward to seeing some of you in Europe 🙂

Dugga Boy

Dugga means mud!

Dugga Boy is a nickname given to older Buffalo males who have passed their prime breeding age and spend their days wallowing in mud pools. Dugga boys occur in small bachelor herds or as individuals. They are quite vulnerable and therefore more aggressive than animals in a large herd. This Thanda Dugga Boy had a good stretch before he left the Ubomvu waterhole. Ubomvu means red in the local Zulu language – a very good name considering the red soil in this area!

Picture details: Cape Buffalo | Location: Thanda Safari, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF28-300 f3.5-5.6L at 200mm | AV | ISO 2500 | 1/500s | f/5.6 | 1.0eV | WB 6500K | free-hand

Bird’s views!

I am currently learning how to fly a new DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. These are two of my first aerial images I took with the ‘new toy’. With the new 4K camera it is actually anything else but a toy. The image quality for video and stills is amazing. More to come soon …

A morning view of the western part of Thanda Safari …

And an afternoon view of my home on Thanda. Can anyone spot the Elephant in the picture 🙂

More birds …

I recently did a bit of bird photography … this was one of my favorites … more to come soon …

Picture details: Reed Cormorant | Location: Drakensberg, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500mm f/4L | AV | ISO 1600 | 1/1000s | f/8 | 0.5eV | WB 6500K | free-hand