Christian Sperka is a wildlife photographer based at Thanda Private Game Reserve, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Over the last 11 years, Christian has traveled the world photographing animals in wild game reserves of South Africa and Namibia, the jungles of Costa Rica, in Yellowstone National Park in the USA, as well as zoos in Europe and the United States. His work has been featured in wildlife magazines, in books and in many zoo publications.
He actively supports wild cat conservation, working as a partner photographer for Panthera, the world's leading organization devoted to the conservation of all wild cat species (panthera.org).
From 2009 to 2012 he has worked as the official photographer and photography teacher at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Tennessee, USA (nashvillezoo.org).
Christian is also a qualified South African field guide. He now works as specialist photography guide on Thanda Private Game Reserve in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa (thanda.com).
My photographic Safari this evening was cut short by a bit of rain, which is very welcome.
But before I returned to Thanda House I took this short video with my iPhone. This is a Leopard Tortoise, one of the Small Five. Can you name the other four. I will post the answer tomorrow afternoon 😊
Today’s bird is the Crested Guinea Fowl. They live in family groups and often walk behind herds of large animals to collects food which they have left behind. These large ‘bush chickens’ play an important role in the control of ticks and other insects. This is a portrait which I took during one of my Lock Down Safaris.
Today I have launched a page to provide a bit of entertainment to children (and adults) during the Convid-19 crisis lock down in South Africa and all around the world.
I will regularly upload pictures with fun questions for the young ones. There is a special page on the site with all the answers http://www.wildlife4kids.com/answers/. Let’s hope you (and your children) will enjoy the pictures (and occasional short videos) which I will start publishing today.
Please note that this is a blog you need to follow in case you want to receive the updates (by email). They will not be posted on Social Media or WhatsApp.
On today’s game drive I not only used my cameras but I also got a great shots from my drone. Combined with the noise from my vehicle the herd of Cape Buffalo ignored the flying machine 😊 I got some great footage not only of the Buffalo but of a female Cheetah on a kill and of young Elephant bulls sparring.
Stay home and stay safe 😊
Resident Wildlife Photographer and Specialist Photography Guide at Thanda Safari
Very colorful, very slow moving and very fast catching prey = Panther Chameleon, my favorite reptile 😊. This is especially for all my friends in Switzerland. The picture was taken at Masoala Hall at the Zurich Zoo.
Many of us have to stay home in this world wide crisis. So I thought you might enjoy to receive a wildlife image every day of the week until things are back to normal.
A lot of my friends around the world are quite envious about my lock down location. Being grounded on a beautiful 14,000ha big five game reserve is not the worst fait for a professional wildlife photographer.
To share a bit of my luck I will continue to post pictures taken on game drives on Thanda during this crisis. I hope they will brighten up your stay-at-home days a little.