It has been suggested that I write a blog on my Big Cat experiences. I have completed about 10 Safaris in order to cover my main interest which is to photograph wild animals in their natural habitat.
The photographs I show you from time to time of birds, I admit, is a secondary consideration to my main interest.
The big problem with Safari photography is that the photos are taken at sunrise or sunset when the animals are most active. Hence, it is very difficult to get the colour reproduction that one would like.
To be honest, It is much easier to photograph many of the wild animals at your local Safari Park. I have photographed nearly all the wild animals of Africa but not, ironically, Meerkats – they always bob down when in photographing range.


Family group

Keeping watch

Good view from here

The Boss

One of his wives

Must go to the Dentist

Setting off to find a meal

I was only 4 feet from this guy as we travelled along with him – must admit, I slid back in my seat to keep out of sight!


Nice comfy branch

Whats that idiot below doing?

This photo, above, won The Travellers’ Tales magazine photographic competition in 2009.

I think it is time to make a quick departure



Who is creeping behind me?

Go away


Female – can you see the difference?


There are about 60 white lions in the world. They are not albinos but have a specific white gene. The white gene is present in some brown lions and if they mate with a white lion there is a 1 in 50 chance of white offsprings. White to white produces white.
The biggest group of white lions is in the Belgrade Zoo where they have 12. Next is the West Midlands Safari in the UK which has 8. There a lot of small groups in the various South African Reserves.

This group, photographed in the Entabene Reserve, all have the white gene.


25 Oct, 2012
muddywalters said:

Many thanks Browndog - a very interesting blog and fabulous photos. (re the male Lion . . . I would've been UNDER the seat!).

25 Oct, 2012
robashfield said:

Lucky You BB!! Very envious.Brilliant blog,great pictures & very informative.Thanks for sharing.(couldn't see the difference on the last 2 pics!!)

25 Oct, 2012
aster said:

Thank you for showing us these wonderful photo's BDB, what a fantastic experience for you.
I love the chilled out leopards in the trees. Very interesting re the white lions.

27 Oct, 2012
browndogben said:

Hi Rob
The Ranger advised us which was male and which was female. I thought, maybe, the female has a softer expression on her face. I do'nt really know as it may be a camera angle that makes the difference.
Cheers - BDB

30 Oct, 2012
phili said:

Some fine shots there mate,well done.

2 Nov, 2012
david said:

Awesome pics of beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Many Thanks for sharing them with us.

8 Nov, 2012
jane said:

One word.....WOW !! Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful insight into the world of the cat families.You have captured the expressions perfectly......nominated for "Wildlife"..

11 Nov, 2012
bonkersbon said:

Amazing and wonderful " The Boss" ! Fabulous shots and many thanks for sharing Bdb..

7 Jan, 2013
saucy said:

What fabulous photos.. Looking forward to the next safari. :0)

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