It’s been almost three years now since I was in South Africa photographing these beauties
Did you know that there is still speculation on the number of giraffe species that exist today? The IUCN currently only recognises one species of giraffe with nine subspecies, however a 2011 study suggested that there are in fact eight separate species. Each species is reproductively isolated and rarely interbreed even though no natural obstacles separate them physically.
A more recent study in 2016 suggested that there are actually only four species of giraffe, which have not exchanged genetic information in the past 2 million years. Those four species are the northern giraffe, southern giraffe, reticulated giraffe, and the Masai giraffe.
Whatever the true number of giraffe species may be, they are becoming more and more endangered. There is estimated to be only 90,000 individual giraffes living in the wild and another 1,144 currently in captivity
Some places look like they belong in a different planet, like this place just outside Al Mubrraz in eastern Saudi. The rock formations out there are so unique and beautiful. Perfect for shooting the Milky Way, and it's Milky Way season here! Have you been to places like this?
Every Spring for the last couple of years I have focused on adding to my British reptile and amphibian portfolio. Some species have been relatively easy to locate and photograph, but time and time again slow-worms have eluded me, despite extensive research and help from various experts. After countless unsuccessful trips again this year I finally found this adult last week in a white peak dale. To many of you this may not be the most interesting or exciting subject but I'm thrilled to have finally seen one. Perseverance really does pay!
My first ever decent shot of a sedge warbler! And I can tell you it was 100% worth getting zapped by and electric fence for 😎🙌 this guy just sat and sang for me for 10 minutes or so, such an amazing song!