Announcing my Tigers of Ranthambhore Photo Tour 2018

Are you doing anything special in April 2018? I’m heading to India to photograph the most spectacular big cat on Earth, the Royal Bengal tiger. Do you want to join me? I will be guiding a small group of just 6 clients to Ranthambhore National Park and I have a couple of spaces left available on this exceptional photo safari. My Tigers of Ranthmabhore Photo Tour with Oryx Photography is timed perfectly for the dry season. With

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Jackal tag-team prey on newborn gazelle

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)

Big cats are beautiful and the ‘massive nature’ spectacle of endless herds migrating north is a bewildering vision. But, somewhere beneath the glossy brochure exterior of the ‘Big 5’ (I hate that phrase), blue skies, and picnic breakfasts out on the savannah, there is a relentless fight for survival being fought, every second, between predator and prey. Through the window of our Landcruiser I could see a Tommy giving birth.

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Why you should always respect your elders!

African Lion (Panthera leo nubica)

It was still very early in the morning as we made our way to a rendezvous with a few other vehicles from Kicheche Mara Camp. They had found the local lion pride breakfasting on a fresh zebra kill (taken down in the early hours). The two big pride males were roaring along with the lioness ‘killing team’ that had brought down the luckless zebra. There wasn’t a great deal left

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What happens when you slap a huge lion on the nose?

African Lion (Panthera leo nubica)

As had become the norm, the Large Marsh pride were enjoying their morning sun-bathing session, sprawled out on the parched silt. The pride male was sitting on a lofty grass-covered vantage point, again looking windswept, interesting and still so majestic. As our Landcruiser came to a halt, he shook his great mane and stood up. Three young cubs laid on the cool damp sandy soil with their mother. One lion cub sat alone…

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Feisty lion cub steals the show

I was in Ndutu for five days, guiding my Oryx Photography clients through Northern Tanzania. We’d found the Marsh Pride on our first day and spent a great deal of time with the lions every day afterwards. On this particular day, one little feisty lion cub stole the show. When we arrived at the scene, all was quiet. It had been a stiflingly hot afternoon and the lions were sleeping in

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How do cheetahs learn to hunt? Welcome to Cheetah School!

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

It’s November and I’m Kenya’s world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. As we enter the Short Rains, equatorial heat and morning sunshine repeatedly give way to torrential afternoon downpours and steely grey skies. The herds are dwindling as herds of The Great Migration head south, following the rains and fresh pastures. Accompanying the herds, nomadic cheetahs prey on fawns and calves within the migrating masses. It can be easy pickings for these astonishing

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A bittersweet moment with wild infant tiger cubs

Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Early in the morning, soon after entering Bandhavgarh tiger park, we’d spotted a female tiger. It was the Chakradhara tigress walking through one of her meadows. It was still so early that it was too dark for any but the most outrageous motion-blur photography. The sun was still below the horizon and the tigress was nothing more than a dark shape moving through the long grass. It wasn’t long before

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Still think hyenas are just dumb scavengers?

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

Hyenas have a very poor rep. Often depicted as the merciless villain, shown on TV chomping a pretty young fawn or attacking ‘beautiful and fluffy’ big cats. OK, the adults might not win any ‘best looking animal’ awards, but their cubs are damn cute! And there is one other extremely important aspect to a hyena’s character that rarely makes it to the screen. The reason they are so numerous and

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Kick-off Your Garden Bird Photography Project

With my 12-step guide to setting up a simple but effective photographic stage… This is a great project for the time-constrained weekend photographer. The garden bird setup is simple. There are no specialised tools or fancy gadgets. You just need to spend a little time considering the location and that’s pretty much it. Below you’ll find some logical steps to setting this up, plus a slideshow of ‘setting up’ pics and an

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