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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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!
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.