Well, you can attribute the title of this blog either to me, Badger (the horse I am riding), the Giraffe lady (with her admirer) or the fast growing Ostriches on Pakamisa :-). Have a look at all the images!
I am spending again a few of my off-days relaxing at Pakamisa (in very hot weather!)
Badger and me (with my special safari hat :-). Picture by Isabella Stepski
A lady (left) and her admirer.
Small no longer. Pakamisa’s Ostrich chicks with their mum in the middle.
This young Ostrich was observed by one of Pakamisa’s mares as it moved towards the stables for its evening dinner!
This is one of my favorite shots from this stay: Baccara, one of Pakamisa’s Arabian mares, with her daughter Bohemia in the background. With the help and guidance from Isabella Stepski, the owner of Pakamisa, I am steadily improving my “horse photography skills”.
I love Wildlife Photography but I also enjoy taking pictures of horses in action (with riders or without).
The picture above is of …
… me and Kara, a pure Arabian mare, looking at one another after a photo shoot.
… Isabella Stepski – Pakamisa’s owner – holding Kara.
… Mark – a Pakamisa guest – on Zulu (a Boerperd) smiling at the unusual scene with me posing in front of the camera :-).
Thanks to Daan for taking the picture!
Below are a few more images from my last stay at Pakamisa. Enjoy the variety!
Tina on El Dorado “speeding”
Two geldings on the way to dinner
Excitement at the stables
A Wildebeest with war paint 🙂
New arrivals – Impala fawns appearing all over the place
Another picture of me on Badger – having a good time!
I enjoyed the birding course with Prof. Ian MacDonald, learning a lot about the birds in Kwazulu Natal and – despite the very rainy weather – I got some good bird shots. Staying at this beautiful place in the Zululand hills, enjoying the excellent cuisine and the five star service is a treat. And, as always on Pakamisa, I had the opportunity to take some good horse images.
I was only a bit disappointed that the weather did not allow for my first horse ride. Pakamisa acquired recently a horse which is strong enough to carry a portly gentleman as myself :-).
Well, I hope to be back at Pakamisa soon and I hope the weather will be good enough for my first horse ride 🙂
Picture above: Scarlet-chested Sunbird feeding in the Pakamisa lodge garden.
Two of Pakamisa’s Arabians. Baracka (a mare) on the left and her full brother Jamaal.
“My horse” at Pakamisa. This beautiful crossbred between a Thoroughbred and a Shire named Badger is strong enough for me to ride. I am looking forward to my first ride!
A Ostrich portrait taken in the rain at Pakamisa.
Baby Ostriches grow very fast. The seven youngsters are only three month old, but already almost as tall as their parents.
I (on the left) learned a lot about birds during the course with Prof. Ian MacDonald (on the right).
A Pakamisa bird party. These Weavers and Quelea enjoyed the leftovers from the Ostrich feeding.
A Golden-breasted Bunting chick calling to be fed!
On Saturday and Sunday I was invited to a game reserve near Pongola named Pakamisa. This very special place specializes in exploring the African bush on horseback (for more information go to www.pakamisa.co.za).
I enjoy taking pictures of these beautiful horses in action. The really good news for me is that they recently got a new horse, which will be able to take my weight. I am looking forward to my first time on a horse 🙂