Tag: Wildlife

Yellow tailed wasp

Yellow tailed wasp

I have some luck with flying insects lately, I do not even have to leave the confines of my garden.
I unfortunately do not have a scientific name for this beauty, if you do please leave me a note and I’ll add it.
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Xylocopa caffra

This is the Xylocopa caffra also commonly known as the Carpenter Bee and this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Macaw Parrot

Macaw parrot snapshot

One, if not my biggest, pet peeve in the photography space is: Because you are known as a photographer, snapshots will not do!
But what if I wanted to share a memory, not a portfolio image?
No you cannot and will not publish that, says the masses!

So I am defying the masses, here is my macaw parrot snapshot!

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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King of the wall

King of the Wall

Photo 6 the 2016 Collection

In a continuation of my “from my garden” series is this one of my many resident geckos.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Bee Harvest

Bee Harvest

Photo 4 the 2016 Collection

I have been trying to get a bee in flight for about 4 days now, luckily I do not have to travel past my garden.
I found that Macro lenses are not good for this, they are too short and the depth of field is just not working out unless I put the ring flash. Imagine a bee being blasted by a ring flash! Poor bee…
So I changed my tactics, and dusted off my 100-400mm to eventually, with an enormous amount of patience and self control, catch this.
A little blur but very acceptable don’t you think?

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Grey Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor)

Photo 3 the 2016 Collection

Here is the most unimpressed and aptly named “grey go-away-bird” or better known as the “grey lourie” (Corythaixoides concolor) I ever had the chance to shoot.
This particular bird has recently appeared, far more prominent in the past 2 years, in my back yard. Though very noisy, a welcome addition.

On another note, I am getting to grips with the Canon EOS 70D, the focusing system seems a little different to what I am used to, add to that the fact I had not shot in a long while and you have a bunch of silly mistakes.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

Photo 2 the 2016 Collection

As a great many living on the South African highveld (or high plateau), I often move to my patio to enjoy the fresh air.
My house is located in the south part of Johannesburg near a natural reserve and that means there is a buzzing wildlife around me.
I see from the 2 legged to the 8, from insects to reptiles going past birds and mammals, all day long every day.
There are no large predators, I live in a built up area after all, but buzzing never the less.
I will be posting some of these creatures in a new category “From my Garden
Today’s is the commonly seen “brown veined white butterfly” (Belenois aurota).

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Fishes of Saint-Gilles

Fishes of Saint-Gilles

Photo 62 of 356 of the 2015 Collection
These are fresh out of the water, there was a whole school of them trapped in the port, this attracted fishermen.
They would have been served that evening for dinner.

Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2015

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Squirrel!

Squirrel!

Photo 58 of 356 of the 2015 Collection
I just knew you all wanted a squirrel from Companies Garden in Cape Town, I just knew.
The next 12 days are going to be rather interesting I am off to Reunion Island, if you don’t know where that is click here.
Loads of shooting on the agenda and hopefully loads of good photos and stories to share!

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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Black-Faced Weaver

Black-Faced Weaver

Photo 41 of 356 of the 2015 Collection
Randomly chosen by Craig Nicholson from my Blue collection.

I have quiet a lot of bird life in my garden, I managed to catch this Black-Faced Weaver.
It took a bit of patience though.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2014

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