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Dean de la Rey

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Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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Stunning pics Dean. Love the birds and the wild dogs.

Thank you Marinda.

Oh Joy! I was right – I do feel SO pleased with myself! I must say what the ‘giveaway’ was, though. Enlarging the picture I saw that the tip of the beak was flushed faintly pink. NONE of my bird guides showed this, but in the June/July edition of African Birdlife last year Hugh Chittenden had a really MOST excellent article on identifying Cisticolas and quite some UNBELIEVABLE photos! And his wonderfully clear and close up photo of a Zitting Cisticola had that faintly pink beak – everything else matched as well but that was the ‘clincher’. Thanks so much – not just for the ‘mystery bird’ but for the suspense. A real cliffhanger!

Congratulations Sue, wil definitely look for that article and give it a read.

Great photos!

Thank you Darlene

Wasn’t Paul Oxton’s comment about few possessions and little money so relevant? It struck a very loud chord with myself. He also said that ‘only when the last tusk, the last horn, the last skin has been sold will mankind realise that our precious wildlife heritage does not have a price tag.’ He would have got on so well with America’s famous Chief Seatl, after whom the city of Seattle is named. Chief Seatl said exactly the same thing more than a century ago. He also said, ‘Mankind has not woven the Web of Life – we are but one thread within it. Whatsoever we do to The Web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together, all things connect. There is s slogan that should be etched deeply into every wildlife lover’s heart, and it is this: EXTINCT IS FOREVER!

Yes Sue, i really enjoy that 2nd quote you gave there too. Chief Seatl quote is amazing, maybe one to use in a TWIP to come.

A wonderful week in pictures- especially irked the lion images. The Birmingham male is such a dude!!

Drat- another spell check error. I “liked” the lion images. 😎📷📷

Demise, haven’t you noticed that whenever you DO have a ‘typo’ It’s always the very worst possible word to get wrong, the one word that totally twists the meaning of your communication – I do it all the time because I get so involved in the writing that I forget to go back and ‘proofread’. With respect to your comment – I wouldn’t try ‘irking’ these guys – they just might irk back!

Thank you some much for irking/liking the images Denise.

Master Tracker

Cracking photos. I was lucky enough to see a wild dog hunt in Londolozi, one of the most amazing experiences of my life

Thanks Ian. It really is one of the most exciting things to witness. Glad you got to experience that.

I love photographing the Lilac-breasted Roller but in 20 years of safaris, this is the first image I have ever seen of the bird with its beak open . . . great capture.

Thanks Jeff. Often around luck of being in the moment. Hope you get your shot soon.

Dean some really good selections. The color of the birds is really nice. Excellent variety.

Thank you for the comment. Photographing and editing birds is always exciting.

Many thanks Dean for your beautiful pictures, they are the sunshine of every Friday! I love the roller opening its beak. One small technical comment though, some of your pictures (the elephants at the beginning, the sleeping wild dogs for instance) seem to have a weird green/magenta white balance setting; is this intentional or would you perhaps like to adjust this setting?

I personally only noticed it in the elephant photo and not at all in the wild dogs photo – that purple/green indicates tint rather than temperature. I wonder if Dean was using his own camera or the ‘office’ camera and hadn’t checked his white balance settings. I do that all that time – take a photo with an ‘oddball’ setting and then forget to re-adjust it back to a more or less median setting. But still – I’m not complaining – if I could take photos like that I’d call myself a photographer!

Thank you for the comment Sylvain and Sue, I have since changed the Elephant photo so thank you for pointing that out. It was due to a tint and temperature adjustment in light room. I had loaded up the wrong image. All fixed and definitely not intentional. Glad you enjoyed the images. Regarding the wilddog, often the greening around and reflected can set that tone but no fault there.

Dean – had to share – each week your photos are lovelier and lovelier. Thank you 🙂

Ivy thank you for the nice words and comment. Appreciate it

Amazing Photos!! That African hawk eagle is something special!

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