Kalahari Blog

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


More Meerkat Pictures!







A cute group shot.

It’s been a while since my last post and it’s getting into winter here in the Kalahari with the nights and mornings getting very cold, days are still quite warm as long as there is no breeze blowing. The internet here is as bad as ever making uploading photos very difficult, it has taken at least a couple of weeks to get this one done.

The Meerkats are getting up much later these days as they don’t like the cold so the time we have to get up for “field o clock” is an almost reasonable 7:00am whereas in the summer it is more like 4:30am!

Due to the cold there are are a lot of Bat-Earred Foxes, usually only seen at night, foraging in the daytime. I still haven’t seen an Aardvark yet but as it gets colder they should also start appearing in daylight so hopefully I will be able to post some Aardvark pictures soon.

Anyway here’s a few of my best Meerkat pictures of the hundreds I have taken so far, I have plenty of pictures of the other wildlife as well so hopefully if the internet is ok I’ll get a post about birds, another with some more reptiles and hopefully one with some Bat-Earred Foxes and an Aardvark!


The “ring of fire” technique.




A Meerkat with a tasty Scorpion snack.


An early morning yawn.


A standard Meerkat portrait.


On guard duty.










Finally Some Meerkats!


I have been out in the Kalahari for just about two weeks now and am starting to adjust to the heat and antisocial fieldwork hours. I have been very busy with training and have been going out with the other people here who have been showing me how to tempt the Meerkats onto the scales with hard-boiled egg, how to use the handheld computers we use to store ad lib behavioural data and how to enter the data into the database.

Not been taking my camera out quite as much as I would like as each Meerkat group has its own bag with its own set of scales (so the Meerkats don’t get the scent of other groups and to limit the spread of tuberculosis) unfortunately these Continue reading


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

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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!