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This site is dedicated to the sharing of the beauty of the bird world with all of you out there. Birdwatching and bird photography are my hobbies, some might say my passion and the less charitable my obsession. Whatever the truth may be, I hope that you get as much enjoyment from viewing my images of the birds and other fauna from the localities that I have visited, as I have from being there and taking the photos. I am a retired geologist who lived, worked and travelled for almost 40 years in Africa. The images on this site were originally from southern and south-central African localities, Kenya & Tanzania in east Africa and Guinea in west Africa. These have been added to as my travels have taken me to localities in western Europe, South America, Singapore and Malaysia, and most recently Costa Rica.

My interests extend beyond birds to wildlife in general. You will also find galleries dedicated to mammals, amphibians and insects. It is neither intended that the images on this site are book illustration quality, nor that they be superb photographs. They merely represent my photographic record of the birds (and others) that I have seen in the various places that I have visited. They will be added to as I photograph new species, or replaced as I obtain better quality photos of those already seen. Please visit the site regularly so that you can see the latest images.

For those that are interested in the technical side of the bird photography, many of the older images were captured using a hand-held Canon 20D or 40D with a Canon EF 100–400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, usually close to full zoom, then a Canon 60D and now a (trusty old) Canon 1D Mk IV with an EF 300mm f2.8 L IS USM lens with or without a 2x extender.

Neil Gray

Number of bird species on this website as at 30 January 2023 = 1,960 in 4,374 images [ Note: All English and scientific names follow the IOC World Bird List, ver. 13.2 ]; butterfly and moth species 233; other insects, spiders & crustaceans 137; mammal species/sub-species 202; reptiles, amphibians, fish & jellyfish species 84

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 July 2023 19:02 )
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Friday, 03 November 2006 17:00
Written by Neil Gray   

8 September 2006. The African Scops-Owl has been putting in a regular appearance the past ten days, always about 90 minutes after sunset and on the same branch of the camelthorn every time. This is either a regular roost (I haven't been able to locate it during the day) or may be close to a nest - there are two old woodpecker holes in close proximity. I must check for pellets next week when I am back on site.

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