Dr. P took Dr. K and two assistant photographers to tour the Falkland Islands (they should be renamed the Breezy Islands) on a three-week personal tour in January of 2018. Our tour guide was Georgina Strange, a Falklands native. She was trained by her father Ian, the man who wrote the book (actually ten books) on ... Read more about this adventure
King penguins are the largest penguins after the Emperor. Even though you can find an occasional one on different small islands within the Falkland Islands, most of them congregate at Volunteer Point.
Derek and Trudy Patterson run the show here, and we stayed in their house with them. They are a wealth of knowledge regarding the ... Read more about this adventure
These birds go by several names: Imperial Shag, Imperial Cormorant, King Cormorants, Blue-eyed shag, Blue-eyed Cormorant. They are graceful fliers, but ungainly on land due to the position of their legs.
They streak past as they pursue a diet of fish and squid
It’s a different story when they come in for a landing. As they get near ... Read more about this adventure
On Sea Lion Island we came across groups of juvenile male elephant seals that were resting and molting. They had been feeding out in the open ocean for several months, and were resting up for their next journey into the sea.
These juveniles are big boys, weighing up to 2,000 pounds. After seeing how big these ... Read more about this adventure
These guys are characters, and are sometimes called Jackass penguins due to the braying sound they make and their silly antics. Unlike the rookeries where the Gentoo, Rockhopper and King penguins raise their chicks, the Magellanic penguins raise their chicks in burrows.
Our first encounter with them was while walking towards the the beach where the ... Read more about this adventure
We left Los Angeles on a Wednesday night, and finally got to see penguins on Sunday when we took our first trip out to the Gentoo penguin rookery, a 5 minute walk from the Sea Lion Lodge.
Our crew, ready for our first encounter with the Gentoo penguins
There was a mixture of adults and molting chicks that ... Read more about this adventure
Jerome is the man when it comes to the waters of the south Atlantic. He is 72 years young, and has been taking researchers, tourists, and film crews to the Falklands for decades. In 1973 Jerome and a friend were the first people to sail a yacht into Antarctica.
Jerome is French, and as such, has ... Read more about this adventure
These are the athletes of the penguin world, braving the stormy ocean get to get a meal for their chicks, then literally hopping up cliffs that are up to 600 feet high to feed their chicks at a rookery. And they do this every day while the chicks are growing!
The first time we saw them ... Read more about this adventure
After a 30 minute walk from Georgina’s digs we were surrounded by Black-browed albatross adults and chicks. They did not seem to be bothered by our presence, and went about their business right in front of us.
At the start of our walk we passed some of the original buildings in the New Island settlement
We felt like we were ... Read more about this adventure
This page has graphic photos of a sea lion hunting Gentoo penguins. It is nature at its rawest.
This dude is famous, and he has been seen in documentaries before like the BBC’s Frozen Planet series. Learn about his behavior from Georgina as she talks about him at the beach where he does his hunting.
It is ... Read more about this adventure
We brought plenty of camera equipment, and needed all the help we could get to lug it through airports, on to airplanes, and out in the field. It took 4 people to accomplish this. Here they are in action. At the end of this page there is a list of the equipment we used.
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There is a quaint museum on New Island restored by Ian Strange, with the help of his daughter Georgina and other local people. It is a short walk from the settlement in New Island, and explains some of they history of the area in regards to whaling and conservation. It is well worth a visit ... Read more about this adventure
The Southern Sea Lions in the Falklands are huge. When you look at the adult males you can see what looks like a mane on their huge heads, which is why they are called lions.
Jerome Poncet from Golden Fleece Expeditions, our sailboat captain, made a stop at Stinker Island where these sea lions congregate, before ... Read more about this adventure
After my Botswana trip I met up with a different assistant photographer and went to Namibia. My overall observations of Namibia are very positive; great guide, friendly people, interesting desert, and great wildlife viewing. If you like landscape photography, in addition to great wildlife viewing and photography, Namibia is for you.
Namibia is a desert country, with ... Read more about this adventure
It’s the people (including our excellent guides and camp staff) that make the trip, and the 14 people that joined me on this trip were some of the best guests I have ever taken to Africa. I would know, I have been taking people like this on trips for decades. Hopefully, we will be traveling ... Read more about this adventure
Once we got through customs and brought our bags to the hotel, our African adventure started by going on a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi river. It was a great way to start the trip.
On the cruise we had our first encounter with guides from Zimbabwe. They were fantastic in their warmth, knowledge, and professionalism.
I kept an extra hand ... Read more about this adventure
There are few roads, so the best way to get from Victoria Falls to Camp Moremi is by flying
Walking to your room, you never know who or what (a bushbuck) might be waiting for you at these camps. You are in the bush, surrounded by wildlife, and can hear the lions and other animals at ... Read more about this adventure
After four nights at Camp Moremi our next stop was Camp Okavango, with another set of great guides and staff
At this camp there are no Landcruisers. If you walk, it’s with an unarmed guide, since no guns are allowed
The mokoro rides are with a guide that moves you through the reeds with a large pole
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A few photos of the peeps in our group doing their thing, some of them courtesy of Hal Gosling. Don’t miss the two videos of Dominic; one singing in a canoe, the other dancing with the locals.
Dominic singing “Amore”
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The zebra in this part of Africa are called the Common Zebra, also known as the Burchell’s Zebra. These are the same ones you see throughout East Africa. The other species of zebra I have seen on prior trips are the Grevy’s Zebra in northern Kenya.
Zebra’s faces have lots of expression
Zebra have this uncanny ability ... Read more about this adventure
The waterways of the Okavango Delta attract large numbers of elephants for obvious reasons. You will frequently see them on land, on the islands, at the water’s edge, and in the water. We saw them from our vehicle and our boat, and we even walked amongst them. If you are an elephant fan like us, ... Read more about this adventure
They look so cute and adorable, especially when they are cuddling in the water. Don’t be fooled by their “three stooges” look, they are quite dangerous as most people know. They are responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other larger mammal.
You don’t want to get between them and their escape route, a bull’s ... Read more about this adventure
Cape Buffalo (some people mistakenly call them water buffalo) are know by two other names; African Buffalo, and Black Death. The Black Death comes from their propensity to consciously charge hunters after they have been wounded in an attempt (successfully sometimes) to kill the hunter.
We took the powerboats to an island for a walking tour with ... Read more about this adventure
Our guides drove us to the airstrip at Camp Moremi to see some male lions. Sure enough, when we got there we saw two lazy male lions enjoying their peace and quiet (which would soon be interrupted).
One male was sitting under the fire buckets, while the other was at the passenger loading area. Neither had a ... Read more about this adventure
We had more leopard sightings in our four days at Camp Moremi in Botswana than I have seen in all my other eight Africa trips combined. During the daytime leopards like to rest in a tree, hunting under the cover of darkness at night. Apparently the leopards we saw did not know this, because they were quite active ... Read more about this adventure
Wild dogs are also known as cape hunting dogs and painted dogs. Even though they are not large, their speed, stamina, and teamwork make them highly efficient predators. It took me 7 trips to Africa to see them for the first time, in 2015 in Tanzania. In Botswana we saw them many times in our 4 days ... Read more about this adventure
Most people have heard of this snake, and know how dangerous it is due to its size, speed, toxicity, and aggressiveness. It can outrun most people, easily goes up a tree, and does not seem to have fear when it is aroused. The snake is greenish-grey in color; it gets its name from the black ... Read more about this adventure
Our shark dive was cancelled due to rough sea conditions, so we did the next best thing, and went to the beach and learned about sharks.
It was a nice beach with lots of surfers, just like in California!
After the surfers we saw the African penguins
There is lots of educational material to learn about their behavior
There are many more ... Read more about this adventure
Pelican, yellow-billed stork and spoonbill
Darter drying its wings
Darter eating a fish breakfast (headfirst)
Wattled crane adults
Wattled crane chicks
Immature malachite kingfisher catching a fish
The results of trying to photograph this fast-diving bird coming out of the water
Pied kingfisher hovering over a fish before diving after it
Pied kingfisher coming out of the water after ... Read more about this adventure
We went back to Mongolia in June of 2016 to continue the filming of our documentary called “The Twelfth Eagle”. The two main reasons we went back in the summer were to watch Ardak release his current eagle of 6 years for good, and watch him capture a new golden eagle chick to train.
The capital, Ulan Bataar, ... Read more about this adventure
To say it was cold was an understatement. The early mornings, when the natural light was good for our photography, hovered around -20 F. Thank goodness there was no wind and the sun was out to help warm us up.
Mornings were so cold that glasses were frosted and not usable
Ardak’s horse had some frost also
I dressed ... Read more about this adventure
Action shots of golden eagles do not come easily. They don’t feel obliged to follow the script for our movie most times, so filming them can be seat-of-the-pants. My experience with wildlife photography in general was a big help. The biggest help was Ardak, the master eagle falconer we stayed with. Without his significant help ... Read more about this adventure
Ardak’s skills were taught by his father, a tradition that goes back thousands of years. The female eagle lives with him literally, and he takes it out almost every day. It is a major commitment of time for a nomad that has grazing livestock to attend to.
Our first view of his eagle when we first arrived and ... Read more about this adventure
Dr. Palazzolo and Dr. Kennedy went to Mongolia in February of 2016, when it was bitterly cold, in order to watch a master falconer use his golden eagle to hunt foxes and rabbits. It was a preliminary trip for an indie movie we are making on the relationship between a Kazakh nomad and his golden eagle.
We ... Read more about this adventure
Wildlife documentaries are unscripted, and take hundreds of hours filming to produce a 2 hour movie. Golden eagles don’t tend to know their lines all that well, so patience is the most important piece of equipment to pack into your bags.
Before we left we worked on a script for the documentary in order to give us an idea ... Read more about this adventure
Kallie was a birthday girl, so she gets extra photos
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In September of 2005 Dr. P joined an Earthwatch group headed by Dr. Bruce Patterson of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. His team helped gather research data on the maneless lions of Tsavo National Park in Kenya. These lions are the descendants of the lions that killed 140 railway workers in Kenya ... Read more about this adventure
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Boli was quite knowledgeable. He gave us a great presentation every day using the high definition plasma display to teach us the history, flora, and fauna of Galapagos.
Now, about his jokes……
He was also a good photographer. Some of his photos are on this Galapagos page.
Christina was just as charming and knowledgeable
Its fun to bust the ... Read more about this adventure
Lions tend to be evening hunters, although our guides told us several prides in this area hunt in the daytime frequently. Even though I love the cheetahs, nothing is more intense than a lion that is in the act of hunting.
You will encounter playful lion cubs on this page. Those babies had to come from somewhere….
When ... Read more about this adventure
Kenya has well over a thousand species of birds. We would awaken in the morning to their calls, and see them all day long in the air and on the ground.
This page has a few of the more interesting ones. At the end of the page we have a sequence of a martial eagle, the ... Read more about this adventure
As you can imagine there are many predators in the Mara. We saw and have photos of hyena, mongoose, bat-eared fox, jackals, serval, and the rare caracal. I even had a mongoose visit my tent one night as he pitter-pattered around the sides. I did not know what it was at first, and when I ... Read more about this adventure
Ol Seki was even more luxurious than Rekero. This is because it is a permanent camp and does not have to be taken down yearly. At Ol Seki you can go on long walks and you can go on night drives because you are outside the Mara National Reserve.
Just like in Rekero, the food is ... Read more about this adventure
Here are a few photos of this wonderful camp at the Talek river. It is run by Gerard Beaton and his very competent (but funny-talking) manger Rob Stower. If you plan on a trip at the Mara we highly recommend it.
The food is great, the staff are great, the accomodations are very comfortable, and the ... Read more about this adventure
This is a luxurious camp with gourmet food and a personal chef. Its ideas for small groups, honeymooners, and special occasions
Upon arrival you are greeted by an enthusiastic and professional staff
Accommodations are excellent
You eat overlooking a lake
At the end of a morning game drive or walking tour they surprise you with breakfast in the ... Read more about this adventure
Wild dogs are endangered with extinction in Tanzania (they number 2,000 in the whole country. They are usually found on the move, and as such can be difficult to photograph. We were lucky to catch them while they were resting. The next goal is to catch them while hunting.
As was to be expected, we first came ... Read more about this adventure
My 8th time to Africa. In addition to another great trip to the Serengeti we visited the Selous in Tanzania. You can see details of my 7 prior Africa trips in the Wildlife Photography section of the LBAH web site.
In the first half of the trip we went back to Lake Ndutu in the Serengeti. After the Serengeti ... Read more about this adventure
We made it! After 2 years of planning and lots of airplane flights we are finally on safari.
Well, almost there. We still had another 45 minute small plane flight to get us to Lake Ndutu, our final destination for the first leg of our trip.
Speaking of small planes, do you have any idea of why ... Read more about this adventure
Tanzania has more lions than any other country. They number around 20,000, although they were well over 100,000 in the recent past. Habitat destruction, persecution from herders, and poaching have been the biggest reason for their decline
The lions in the Serengeti have been studied extensively for decades. This is a photo of the vehicle they ... Read more about this adventure
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They act playful when they are not hunting for their survival
In the cool of the early morning, when prey is abundant and within striking distance, Cheetah sometimes do nothing. Only when the sun is higher, and it is getting so hot that heat waves interfere with photographing them with a telephoto ... Read more about this adventure