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

 

Elephants and Clouds

This week we had some amazing sunsets. I really enjoyed this particular evening as I was watching a few Elephant bulls in front of Thanda House. They grazed around the house for over an hour. As I was watching them the most amazing cloud formations passed by. I captured them with my iPhone 7 Plus. Enjoy these African skies!

Elephants at Thanda House

White clouds …

Orange clouds …

Cloud formation …

Browsing under the evening sky …

 

What a month!

Many of you have realized that I did not blog a lot in February. I had two good reasons. First I had to have an eye operation to remove a small foreign object from my right eye (the surgery went very well :-). Then I took a while off to recover and to spend some time with my brother who visited South Africa.

We enjoyed our stays at the Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga – one of the best hotels anywhere – at the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in the Drakensberg – rightly known for its gourmet cuisine – and at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve – next to Thanda Safari my favorite place in KwaZulu Natal. We also did a day-excursion to St.Lucia for a walk on the Indian ocean and an excellent lunch (at a restaurant named ‘Reef and Dunes’). These are certainly some of the best places KwaZulu Natal has to offer. What a special program!

Here are a few pictures which I took on our travels to Durban, Pakamisa, Thanda, St.Lucia and to the Drakensberg.

And now it is back to Wildlife on Thanda Safari 🙂

The Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga, what a place, what a setting ...

The Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga, what a place, what a setting …

What an arrangement ...

A special flower arrangement in Oysterbox lobby …

Rain over the Pakamisa mountains ...

Rain over Pakamisa mountains …

Pakamisa, a special place to relax ...

Pakamisa, a special place to relax …

The Thanda Safari Lions impressed my brother by getting quite close ...

The Thanda Safari Lions impressed my brother by getting quite close …

And I slipped off the road on a game drive after heavy rains, but Bheki - my tracker - and I got the vehicle back onto the road ...

And I slipped off the road on a game drive after heavy rains, but Bheki – my tracker – and I got the vehicle back onto the road – what fun 🙂 …

... and Bheki's special smile as the rains approached ...

… and Bheki’s special smile as the rains approached on Thanda …

Near the beach in St.Lucia ...

Near the beach in St.Lucia …

A Splendid Locust on the St.Lucia beach ...

A Splendid Locust on the St.Lucia beach …

A beautiful setting and gourmet cuisine, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse ...

A beautiful setting and gourmet cuisine, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse …

The Drakensberg Mountains in the early morning ...

The Drakensberg Mountains in the early morning …

Not-so-wild-life ... this old cat kept me company as I relaxed at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse ...

Not-so-wild-life … this old cat kept me company as I relaxed at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse …

... and finally a dramatic sky over Thanda as I returned after travelling for almost 2,000 kilomteres ...

… and finally a dramatic sky over Thanda as I returned after travelling for almost 2,000 kilomteres …

Lion+

I have just uploaded a few more Lion images taken between 2006 and  2017. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg1 (total 76 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at http://www.sperka.biz/sg

Please contact me at info@sperka.com in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are some of the newly uploaded images!

Focus!

Focus!

50mm Lens!

50mm Lens!

iPhone Photography!

iPhone Photography!

My 2016 Favorite!

My 2016 Favorite!

Little one!

Little one!

His Majesty!

His Majesty!

No Power – Three Hours !

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During our last power failure – which lasted about 6 hours – I decided to leave my hot office and spend a few hours at the kuMasinga Hide and at Nsumo Pan on Mkhuze Game Reserve.

In the three hours I sat at the two hides I took mainly bird pictures. I thought I create a little bird quiz from these images.

Can you identify all 11 species?

Have fun and a good week!

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