Kalahari Blog

Adventures of a field biologist and wildlife photographer living and working in the Kalahari.


Packing List – what’s in my bag?

Both my bags fully packed and ready to go!

Both my bags fully packed and ready to go!

With less than a week to go until I leave I thought I’d post up exactly what I will be taking with me. I have been thinking about what to take for quite a while now and have packed and repacked and carefully considered each item that I will be Continue reading


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Visa And A Fellow Kalahari Blogger

My visa has finally arrived! I’m now all set with everything I need, all I have to do is pack and get on the plane!

I will be posting a photo packing list in the next couple of days.

Also I found Adam’s blog. He will be arriving the same time as me and is also interested in photography so if you want a different take on things check it out and follow him as well!

Welcome to Adam’s Kalahari Blog..

Adams photo of a Meerkat licking it’s balls:

Adam's photo of a Meerkat licking its balls


Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Review

I will try to keep this review fairly brief as there are several more reviews and much discussion about this lens elsewhere (see this discussion: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=934592). I have put the good/bad points and a conclusion at the top for easy access.


UPDATE:  My review of sigmas newest version of the 120-300mm, the OS “Sport”.


Some pictures of the lens with my 7d attached (yes it was raining!):



Good points:

  • Good image quality wide open, amazing when stopped down even just 1-2 3rds of a stop.
  • Takes 1x and 2x teleconverters (great IQ with 1.4x)
  • Good price
  • Build Quality is good (apart from lens hood)
  • Zoom
  • Very good image stabilisation

Bad points:

  • Reliability (a massive negative for some users, not so much for others)
  • AF maybe not as great as it could be (although it’s still good)


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First post!


In just over a months time I will be heading out to the Kalahari desert for a year. I will primarily be a field assistant working for the Kalahari Meerkat Project (http://kalahari-meerkats.com/) but I will also use the time to work on my nature photography and hopefully come away with lots of great images, not just of the Meerkats I will be working with but the other wildlife I encounter and the surrounding landscape.

I will use this blog mainly to display the photos I have taken but also to communicate some of the science behind what I am doing and give an account of the daily life, joys and stresses associated with this kind of work.

I hope that this blog will be a way to communicating with friends and family and also help me to articulate my thoughts and feelings and improve my writing skills.

In the next month I will post a review of the sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS lens which I recently bought for this trip and also a post with short descriptions of the equipment I will be taking.

I will try to post regular updates but I am unsure about the reliability and speed of the internet out in the middle of the desert!