Tips for Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

An encounter with mountain gorillas is becoming one of Africa’s most popular wildlife activities and is Rwanda’s top tourist attraction. The opportunity to sit in close proximity to these critically endangered primates in their natural habitat is extraordinary. It’s an unforgettable travel experience that has brought me to Rwanda not once – but twice. My […]

Tips for Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park in Japan

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, for observing and photographing snow monkeys at close proximity. Tourists, nature lovers and photographers regularly head to the park near Nagano for a closer look at the animals officially known as Japanese macaques, particularly in winter months when they descend each day from the […]

In Pictures: Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park, Japan

I hear a splash and look towards the hot spring. Mist dominates the scene, drifting around the dark shape that has just entered the water. I know it’s one of the snow monkeys that live in the area but I can’t yet see it clearly. I turn to my left, where more monkeys are descending […]

In Pictures: Lion Cubs of the Masai Mara

The first little cub bounces boldly from the thick bush it was told to stay hidden in. It can sense the return of its mother and its three siblings soon follow as she walks into sight. They are full of energy, falling over each other in excitement as they fight for attention from their weary […]

Rwanda: An Unforgettable Wildlife Encounter with Mountain Gorillas

He has been watching us since we arrived, his eyes portraying a curiosity that matches ours. But we are not equals. He is the largest and oldest silverback in Rwanda – and this is his home. He demands respect and as his 220kg body moves deceptively fast towards us, we give it without hesitation. I […]

Postcards from Rwanda: Gorillas and Beyond

Many foreigners associate Rwanda with two things – mountain gorillas and the 1994 genocide. But the attractions of this small land-locked country in East Africa extend beyond tracking the world’s largest primate in its natural habitat. And whilst the genocide is an unforgettable chapter in the country’s history, Rwanda is now considered one of Africa’s […]

Postcards from New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and outdoor attractions have been calling out to photographers, hikers, naturalists and adventurers for decades.  And since the immortalisation of these natural highlights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, more and more travellers have been heading south to experience it for themselves. Earlier this year I finally joined them and discovered […]

The Story of the Lemur: Madagascar’s Wildlife Star

(Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar) “At first I think it’s the wind, merging into song with the trees of the rainforest. Then I hear it again: a sound in the distance, travelling invisibly through the forest towards me, an eerie yet beautiful wail. I look around me, hoping to spot the source of the […]

In Pictures: The Baby Animals of Kenya’s Masai Mara & Samburu

Kenya provides some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world, in an unpredictable environment where each creature fights to survive against the elements and each other on a daily basis.  Game drives in locations like the Masai Mara and Samburu, where I spent time last year, often yield exhilarating results as birds and […]

20 Memorable Wildlife Sightings – World Wildlife Day #WWD2016

  A collection of my most memorable wildlife sightings to celebrate the beauty of the natural world for #WWD2016 The United Nations’ World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 2016 creates the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme of #WWD2016 is “the future is in our hands” […]

Top 20 Wildlife Photos of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, I find myself joining many others this week in reflecting on the ‘year that was’. Yesterday I shared the destinations I enjoyed this year, from breath-taking Antarctica to spectacular Africa. And as the highlight of most of these locations was the wildlife living there in its natural environment, today […]

Stunning Wildlife, Culture and Landscape of Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia

When I arrived in Africa four months ago, I planned to update my blog from Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia on a regular basis. It didn’t quite go to plan. In fact, I’ve only shared five posts over a period of seventeen weeks. So what happened? Africa happened. I shouldn’t be surprised. My first experience on […]

Breaching Humpback Whales at Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

The rain that has been falling consistently all morning begins to lighten as a patch of blue sky tries to break through the clouds. A local fisherman wades through waist high water, whilst two others try their luck from a wooden boat further out to sea. A woman carrying a basket of local crafts returns […]

Wildlife in Pictures: Masai Mara, Kenya

I’ve just returned from a week in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife locations. My main goal was to photograph a Mara River crossing, reputed to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, as thousands of wildebeest make the perilous journey across crocodile infested waters in a stampede towards […]

Back to Africa: Kenya, Madagascar & Ethiopia

Africa: arguably the world’s most thought-provoking, captivating and conflicted continent. Africa: culturally rich, geographically diverse and historically fascinating. Africa: consistently producing a profound impact on all who venture there. Africa: my next travel destination. I was first introduced to sub-Saharan Africa six years ago, on a three month overland trip from Rwanda to South Africa, […]

Wildlife Travel: Brown Bear Watching in Finland

“Welcome to your bear watching hide.  Please step in and make yourself comfortable.  And do not, under any circumstances, open the door until I return to let you out at 7am.” “How will I know it’s you and not a bear?” I ask with a nervous giggle. “Bears don’t knock” he replies dryly as he closes the […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]