Archive for Okavango Delta

Botswana travel feature in BBC Wildlife…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation Photography, Photography, Travel, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by Neil Aldridge

In April 2012 I travelled to northern Botswana for BBC Wildlife magazine to photograph the intricate relationship between wildlife and water and see how the annual flooding of the Okavango Delta dictates animal movements and behaviour. I’m pleased to say that this portfolio features in the March 2013 issue of BBC Wildlife.

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The photographs illustrate editor Sophie Stafford’s insightful travel feature, which covers research surveying how wildlife populations have changed and moved with recent flood patterns. You can see a selection of photographs from this story in a new gallery on my website. In this gallery, I show how Selinda lions spend their free time, how the yawn of a hippo can make you think twice about getting closer and how one of the Okavango Delta’s smallest inhabitants influences the fortunes of the region’s wildlife.

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Botswana is an incredible country and remains my favourite location for photography and wildlife watching. If you’re thinking about going, be sure to pick up a copy of the March issue of the magazine and give Sophie’s article a read. Also, keep an eye on my website for upcoming photography tours to Botswana.

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I love it when they cooperate…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation Photography, Photography, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

One of the beautiful things about photographing wildlife is that you’re never fully in control. Sure, this is also why many people don’t have the patience for wildlife photography but this suits me down to the ground. Controlling, directing and creating the scene for the perfect image is not in my nature…which, incidentally, is one of the reasons I don’t photograph weddings.

Of course it’s frustrating when you’re all set up, the light’s perfect and you’re waiting for a wild dog to saunter into an opening just for it to decide to change tack at the last minute and nip behind a bush. But that’s the hunt for the perfect shot that keeps wildlife photography interesting. We’ve all done it – muttered under our breath, willing our subject to ‘look up’, ‘turn around’ or ‘stop there’. Every once in a while, they even cooperate….

I filmed this clip on my Canon 5D MK2 while shooting stills with my 1D MK3. I was on a commission in northern Botswana and we came across this Leopard on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta while on a drive with our hosts Wilderness Safaris and Botswana Tourism.

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New photo safari dates confirmed

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation Photography, Photography, Take Action with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2010 by Neil Aldridge

I have teamed up with Letaka Safaris to offer just six people the chance to experience the wild wonders of northern Botswana, one of Africa’s most celebrated and exciting wildlife edens. Join me for the unforgettable trip ‘Botswana Exposed‘ in 2011 as we travel through Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession, Savuti and Chobe National Park photographing one of the world’s largest concentrations of carnivores, the desperate interactions between predator and prey at the end of the long dry season, the myriad of returning migrant birds and the lush Savuti region as it hasn’t been seen for 30 years.

This 11-night/12-day photographic trip from Maun to Kasane takes in the best of Botswana, starting with the famous Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern edge of the vast Okavango Delta. Heading north, we will enjoy the freedom of the Khwai Concession before moving into the Savuti marshes and finishing on the banks of the Chobe River. Northern Botswana is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo and has an incredibly high concentration of carnivores. The end of the dry season also promises some exciting and raw animal interactions. The bird life is phenomenal too and we will be taking this all in in what promises to be an unforgettable trip. Find out more and book your place via the safari pages of my main site www.conservationphotojournalism.com