Taking Flight – Classic Bird Sequences from Southern Africa

These classic sequences capture the transitory elegance and beauty of birds in flight. Each comes in a square format and makes a strong stand-alone statement. The gallery quality canvas prints cost R3250 and are sized at 50 x 50 cms. Each is mounted on a shallow wooden frame.  You can also purchase a R350 download (for personal use) of each image. Please go to the shop to order and for further information about each image. You can purchase using a credit card, debit card or instant EFT. Postage and packaging for courier delivery throughout South Africa is an additional R150. Delivery in Grahamstown is free! If you’d like image rights for commercial purposes then please submit a Request Image Rights form.

Fish eagles flying over the Chobe River, Botswana
Fish Eagles flying over the Chobe River, Botswana
African Open-Billed Stork over Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
African Open-Billed Stork over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
White fronted bee-eater taking flight at Kwandwe, South Africa
White Fronted Bee-Eater taking flight at Kwandwe, South Africa
Cape White-Eyes in the Coral Tree
Cape White-Eyes in the Coral Tree, Grahamstown, South Africa
Fish Eagles on the Chobe River, Botswana
Fish Eagles on the Chobe River, Botswana
Taking Flight – Classic Bird Sequences from Southern Africa

The Lockdown Sunbirds

The cost of a print varies from R175 (A4 size of 21 x 29.7cms)) to R350 (A3 size of 29.7 x 42cms). I make my own prints – up to A3+ size (that’s 33 x 48 cms or 13″x19″) – using Lucia inks on Canon’s full range of archival photo papers. The high gloss Luster or Pro Platinum papers are a good choice for these birds. Shipping is only to South African addresses because international courier charges can be high. You can also purchase a R250 download (for personal use) of each image. Please go to the shop to order and for further information about each image. You can purchase using a credit card, debit card or instant EFT. Postage and packaging for courier delivery throughout South Africa is an additional R150. Delivery in Grahamstown is free! If you’d like image rights for commercial purposes then please submit a Request Image Rights form. Read on for the story of the birds and a gallery of their pictures.

The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
Poised

It’s March 27th 2020, the first day of lockdown. Imagine a window of open space a metre wide and half a metre high. All of these pictures were taken through this little open window that’s on the stoep outside our living room. The left hand side of it is the corner pillar of our stoop. On the right hand side of the open space hangs our new bird feeder – filled with sugar water – for the sunbirds. You can see the perch on some of the pictures. The Lockdown Sunbird Series was taken in the days, weeks and months that followed as the Greater Double-Collared, Southern Double-Collared and Amethyst Sunbirds came to feed on the sugar water. Bulbuls and Cape Weavers were common visitors as well. To me the birds represented freedom and beauty and I’ve done my best to show this.

Poster for The lockdown sunbird series in Grahamstown, Makhanda
The Lockdown Sunbirds Poster

They’re difficult birds to photography because they are small – between the size of a large hen’s egg and a sparrow – and very quick. I got all of these shots as they flitted across from, and back to, the large boer bean tree that grows behind the pillar of the stoep. My Olympus OMD EM1 II can take an amazing 60 frames per second in High Capture Pro mode. So if I get 10 frames with a sunbird going across to the feeder then it’s covering the one metre in 1/6th of a second. That’s fast! I had to sit close to the feeder as well because the best lens I have for the job is the M.Zuiko 40-150 mm – most bird photographers use something like a 300-600 mm lens. But with patience the birds got used to having me sitting nearby with the camera held to my eye ready to get a shot.

The Lockdown Sunbirds

Signature Trees Series

A showcase of signature trees from my travels in southern and eastern Africa and Sweden. The Milkwood Tree, Dragon Tree, Balanites Tree, Thorn Tree Blue Mood and Dancing Tree, Hogsback are available as metal prints (R4000) on brushed aluminium Dibond®. The metal prints are 59.4 cms x 42 cms and make a strong statement as the image is printed directly onto the Dibond® using no white ink and with a textured, brushed aluminium finish. The Fever Tree, Shepherd’s Tree and Oldenburgia are smaller gallery quality prints (R650-750) using LUCIA inks on Pro Platinum paper. Paper print sizes vary but are usually approximately 33 cms high x 48 cms wide. The two trees in portrait orientation (Big Tree, Hogsback and Ålster’s Ash, Karlstad) are available at A1 size (84 cms high x 59 cms wide) on Premium Cotton Canvas for R4000.  Postage and packaging for courier delivery throughout South Africa is an additional R150. Delivery in Grahamstown is free! Downloads are available for all images. They are at high resolution (240-300 dpi) in tiff format. Please go to the shop for further information about each image. You can purchase using a credit card, debit card or instant EFT. If you’d like image rights for commercial purposes please submit a Request Image Rights form.

Trees Series, Metamorphosis, #NAF18
Milkwood Tree, Platbos Forest
Trees Series, Black and White, Metamorphosis, #NAF18
Dragon Tree, Botanic Gardens, Grahamstown
Trees Series, Hogsback Series, Metamorphosis, #NAF18
The Big Tree, Hogsback
Kenya, Black and White, Nature Photography, Metamorphosis, #NAF18
Balanites Tree, Masaai Mara
Thorn tree blue mood, Featherstone Kloof, Grahamstown
Thorn Tree Blue Mood, Featherstone Kloof
Dwarf Japanese Maple dancing at Hogsback
Dancing tree, Hogsback
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Metamorphosis Exhibition, #NAF18
Oldenburgia, WESSA Award Winner
Masaai Mara, Kenya, Trees Series
Fever Tree, Masaai Mara
Trees Series, Kenya, Masaai Mara
Shepherd’s Tree, Masaai Mara
The giant tree at Ålsters Herrgård
Ålster’s Ash, Karlstad, Sweden
Signature Trees Series