Crested Cranes in Flight at Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Crested Cranes in Flight

Driving through Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, the sheer density of the animals is truly incredible. There are so many large animals that some of the smaller animals take a back seat at first until you start becoming acclimated to the place. Then, it's the combination of animals that becomes awe inspiring. When I saw these crested crane's it was a total surprise! On the … [Read more...]

The Wildebeest Migration: A Photo Essay

Wildebeest Migration by Anne McKinnell

After photographing at Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park, the final stop on my African photo safari was the Mara River, near the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Here I watched a natural spectacle like no other: the annual wildebeest migration when wildebeest (along with zebra, gazelle and eland) cross the river in the hundreds of … [Read more...]

The Dancing Egret at Salton Sea, California

Egret Running by Anne McKinnel

There are endless photo opportunities at the Salton Sea, California, and I never tire of watching the comings and goings of the birds. A stop on the pacific flyway, all sorts of birds come to rest and eat here. Although quite common, one of my favourites is the Great Egret, for it's grace. I love to just find myself a comfortable place to sit with a good view, be … [Read more...]

Muddy Elephants in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Elephants by Anne McKinnell

In case you missed my first post about Serengeti National Park, you can read it here. It's all about the central part of the Serengeti and the endless grassy plains that made an excellent backdrop for some minimalist wildlife images. The northern part of the Serengeti is more woodsy, so you don't get the same type of images there, but it has it's own charms. We stayed … [Read more...]

Lions on Kopjes in Serengeti National Park

Lion Cubs on the Kopje by Anne McKinnell

The Serengeti is a vast grassland where you'll occasionally find small outcroppings of granite, like rocky islands in a sea of grass. They call these rocks kopjes (pronounced ko-pee). This is where the lions find safety from grassfires, shelter under the trees, and vantage points for hunting -- and where photographers can find scenes like no other place. If you've … [Read more...]

Nesting Cormorants on Mitlenatch Island

Nesting Cormorants by Anne McKinnell

Looking at my marine chart for the area around Campbell River, BC, I noticed a small island that is marked as a provincial park: Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park. So without any further information than what was on my chart, I headed over there in Snoopy, my little power boat, to see what makes it special. Wasn't I surprised to find a huge colony of nesting … [Read more...]

Baby Elephant Steps

Baby Elephant Steps by Anne McKinnell

Elephants are such amazing creatures, aren't they? Watching the elephants was my favourite thing to do during my photo safari in Tanzania. I think if I went back I would spend all my time in one place and get to know an elephant family. The mothers are so protective of their babies! I guess all mothers are like that, but the elephant mothers are always touching the babies … [Read more...]

Seagulls and Salmon in Campbell River, BC

Seagulls and Salmon by Anne McKinnell

Some birds just get all the attention. Everyone loves the spoonbill with all their character, the colourful flamingos, the regal eagles, the elegant egrets and herons. Even the odd and somewhat ugly woodstork gets respect. But what about the lowly seagull? Are they so common as to be uninteresting? Not to me. Especially when it's time for a salmon feast! In Campbell … [Read more...]