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The Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta – a wealth of wildlife and scenery in waterways and savanna.

© Diane Kelsay

Lesser Jacana
© Bob Harvey

Carmine Bee Eater
© Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
©Bob Harvey

Bushbuck
© Bob Harvey

Serval, usually a rare find but promising here.
© Bob Harvey

Wild dog, also good chance to find here.
© Bob Harvey

Lion cub doing “cute Kitty”
© Diane Kelsay

Same lion cub practicing “fierce”
© Diane Kelsay

The cubs at play
© Bob Harvey

Daddy’s paw
© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Saddleback stork fishing
© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

Leopard at twilight
© Diane Kelsay

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The Chobe River and Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Chobe River is a special place for nature photographers and nature lovers.  One side of the river is Botswana, the other side, Namibia. Beautiful birds are nesting along the both shorelines.

Malachite Kingfisher
© Diane Kelsay

Malachite Kingfisher
© Bob Harvey

White Fronted Bee Eater
© Diane Kelsay

Pied Kingfisher
© Diane Kelsay

And the nest robbers go after the eggs.

Water Monitor Lizard
© Diane Kelsay

The Southern Red Bishop searches the reeds for building materials.

Southern Red Bishop
© Bob Harvey

He builds several nests for his home show and invites the female for a look.

Inspection of the nest.
© Diane Kelsay

Elephants love the water, where they drink, eat, cool off and play.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Riverbank mud bath.
© Diane Kelsay

And sometimes their life ends in the river.  Dozens of Nile Crocodiles feasted on this elephant for a day – and then for some reason, moved it about a half mile upstream during the night, and then cleaned up what remained.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

And of course, the mighty Fish Eagle.  Sometimes the call is the first sound of the morning.

© Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

© Bob Harvey

Along the riverside, lions like to roam in and out of the trees, along the sandbars…

© Diane Kelsay

The roar was the loudest we ever heard.  
© Diane Kelsay

Clearly she was busy grooming and didn’t want to respond.
© Diane Kelsay

Looks like he is waiting for her.
© Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

The river is loaded with hippos.  Lots of action!

© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

Hippo looking for trouble!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s a beautiful river.
© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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Mom & Me

© Bob Harvey

It’s time to celebrate our moms.  They feed us, then teach us how to feed ourselves by grazing, browsing, fishing, hunting…   They protect us from predators and teach us how to get along in our environment.

© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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© Bob Harvey

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© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

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© Bob Harvey

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It’s really special to watch and photograph moms and their young.  Do take the time to study the behavior, not just catch a quick photo.  You will end up with many choices of great moments.

© Diane Kelsay

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The Pantanal – Jabiru Storks

First light on the Jabiru Stork nest.  Three young ones watching the adult fly about.

First Light on the Jabiru nest
© 2019 Bob Harvey

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

 

This young one thinks flying looks like fun, getting restless.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

WooHoo, flying!
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Coming in for a landing.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

The adult takes off again to find some goodies to bring back.

Adult heading to the marshy area.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Returning with goodies from the marsh.
© 2019 Bob Harvey

Our guide tells us they bring back wet vegetation, adding it to the nest to cool it down.  It also has some good stuff to eat like fish and snails.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Enjoying a fish for breakfast.
© 2019 Bob Harvey

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird in South and Central America. Come join us in 2021 to photograph this nest and other Jabiru sightings in the Pantanal of Brazil.

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Elephants!

Mt. Kilimanjaro emerges from the clouds,  just as this mom and baby step into the scene.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s always nice when such a majestic animal arrives in great light to complete your landscape composition. OK, I had the driver/guide move forward, then back, then a little forward… Depth of field and lining things up “just so” was important.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s fun to catch elephants at the waterhole. Fast shutter speeds captured the drops and splashes of water.

Baby elephant
©Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

And they do love water.  They also like to add dust and/or mud after cleaning up in the water. That helps control the insects.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Rubbing up against a muddy wall – a mud massage.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

How great they look after their mud bath.  And not so much appeal to insects.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s nice to combine all sizes, showing various stages of maturity. A panorama crop omits the boring parts of the scene and brings to attention the parade of different sizes.

Elephants crossing the dry lakebed, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The water behind them is a mirage.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

But what can be cuter than a tiny baby dwarfed by the size of adults next to the baby.  This strategy of enclosing the baby is done to protect them, but it gives a chance to create unusual and artistic photos. You don’t have to always show the whole animal, try some tight crops.  In these photos, the tight crops emphasize the size of the adult legs and the smallness of the babies while making creative compositions.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

Elephants along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

An early morning stroll. They look very content.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Taking the time to learn about the animals, as well as watching their behavior, will help capture interesting images.  Join us on one of our Africa trips and we will spend time helping you choose the right settings and suggest compositions.

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Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure

Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure – Pacific Coast, Rainforests and Cloud  Forests, Forest Canopy, Special Wetlands and Mangroves, Small Coffee Growing Villages…

Following are a few images from the December 2015 adventure.  Our group experienced some very special moments.

Macaw nest © 2015 Bob Harvey

Macaw nest
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Resplendent Quetzal © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Resplendent Quetzal
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Toucan © 2015 Bob Harvey

Toucan
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker © 2015 Bob Harvey

Woodpecker
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Forest view from canopy trail. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Forest view from canopy trail.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Bob Harvey

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunset in the cloud forest © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunset in the cloud forest
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Squirrel monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Squirrel monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

As time went on, animal behavior changed.  Lower temps and snowfall made for some dramatic scenes.

Wolf on a bison kill © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Wolf on a bison kill
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The snow was falling so hard, the 3 light colored wolves were barely visible.  This one came back for a little more food and then we watched them disappear into the whiteout like ghosts.  It was very special just to watch this action.  The coyotes and bobcats like to walk along the riverside, hoping for a duck, swan or rodent to catch for dinner.

Coyote, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bison at Midway Geyser Basin © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bison at Midway Geyser Basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

OK! I think it is about time to leave.  I won’t argue with him!  (oh how I love my long lens and safety of being inside a vehicle with the window open) We’ve had enough of the snow anyway and it is time to fly south.

Takeoff © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Takeoff
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

So here we go… We will arrive in Costa Rica tomorrow night and do look for some photos on the next blog in a week or so.  We’ll try to warm you up a bit with some hummingbirds and flowers after all of this snow and ice.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

We hope your holiday season was filled with great moments and experiences. Now it is time to think forward to 2014 and we wish you a wonderful year filled with new memories.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

We encourage you to think creatively and pursue your interests.  And as always, we encourage you to appreciate the wonders of nature and to use your photographs to encourage others to do the same.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Our holiday season…  We heard that in Trinidad, the Scarlet Ibis fly into the mangroves at dusk and decorate the mangroves – like Christmas trees.  So, for Thanksgiving, we went to see the Christmas trees decorated by nature.  What an experience to see thousands of ibis fill the air from every direction to land in their mangroves.

Ibis flying to the mangroves © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Ibis flying to the mangroves
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Ibis in mangroves, Trinidad © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Ibis in mangroves, Trinidad
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We left behind the snow…

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

There was plenty of nightlife…

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We spent our Thanksgiving reflecting on how special nature is and how important it is to appreciate and give thanks for all we have.  And of course, being thankful for the enjoyment of sharing time out there with all of you.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Let’s all have a wonderful 2014!

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Part 2, our adventure begins…

We have an eager group of photographers setting out to photograph what Yellowstone has in store for us.  Of course wildlife photography is on everyone’s mind.

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat - roots, grubs...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat – roots, grubs…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River - "raking" a tree.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River – “raking” a tree.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done "raking".© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done “raking”.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote...what is on his mind?© 2013 Bob Harvey

Coyote…what is on his mind?
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The group was pleased with how many great wildlife experiences we had.  Like the time that Bob and I spent watching the moose, our wildlife encounters required patience, respect for the animals’ space, and enough knowledge to be prepared for the “moment”.  That mouse gets tossed around and swallowed fast and the bears don’t look up very often.  We recommend that everyone be ready with exposures that they like by shooting test shots, reviewing and adjusting so they can concentrate on the action when it happens.

Stay tuned for the next post in a few days.  And check out the next fall adventure at http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

 

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Our early arrival

Bob and I arrived a few days early to scout photographic opportunities for our group.  Even with all of our electronic devices with solar/moon calculations, there is nothing like being there – watching and timing the first light on the mountains. We had this down to the minute when we brought the group back a few days later.

Early light at Oxbow Bend© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Early light at Oxbow Bend
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Oxbow Bend© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunrise, Oxbow Bend
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Of course we also took time to do what we love, time on the water.

Kayaking Jackson Lake, Tetons reflected in unusually calm water.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kayaking Jackson Lake, Tetons reflected in unusually calm water.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After a glorious day of paddling, we set out to find where the wildlife was hiding at day’s end. We scouted our favorite secret moose location and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a moose back in the woods.  We quietly and slowly walked in his direction, stopping often so he could get used to our presence without alarm.  There was a stream between us which offered a feeling of security for all of us.  It took about an hour to get to our final position where he came out of the trees into the open area next to the water.

Moose looking at potential munchies.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Moose looking at potential munchies.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After enjoying his evening meal, and still feeling calm with us nearby, he settled down and let us photograph from several angles.

Moose by the stream© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Moose by the stream
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

Patience paid off.  Not only did we get some nice photos, but we enjoyed so much just watching him go about his life. It was a special evening. Sometimes photographers forget to just observe, but learning about the wildlife you are photographing also pays off in better photography. Unfortunately, he did not appear when we took the group back.  I’ll bet he was watching us though.  The group did get great sunrises, bears, and coyotes catching mice, so do stay tuned for the next entries of our Fall Photography Safari.

 

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