Archive for April 6th, 2008

Apr 06 2008

Oman – in search of the Arabian Leopard

Published by under Oman,Travel Club

When our friends Dave and Judy Willis invited us to Oman in Dec 2007 we knew we were in for a treat. I had first met this intinerant Aussie couple in Kenya’s Masai Mara years earlier while following the lives of the Marsh Lions and the various leopards that Angie and I had come to know. In those days life for the Willis family revolved around their battered old Land Rover which had carried them to many far off places and provided a mobile home for their young sons Mateo and Miguel. Dave is a talented painter who moved with his family to Oman some 15 years ago. Like us, Dave has a passion for big cats – particularly leopards – so when he took up residence in Oman his attentions soon turned to trying to photograph the illusive and critically endangered Arabian leopard; there are probabaly less than 100 left in the wild. The only way Dave could photograph these illusive cats was to use all his ingenuity and dogged persistence and the help of remote cameras strategically placed along trails and near scent posts used by the
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Apr 06 2008

India Revisited

Published by under India,Travel Club

Just back from an amazing adventure in India with our friends Anne and Fred Fisher – both pro photographers. Kenya Airways flys direct from Nairobi to Mumbai so very convenient for us, while the Fisher’s flew Continental direct to Mumbai from Newark in New Jersey, giving all of us the chance to take a few days to acclimatise. The hustle and bustle of Indian cities, so alive with colour and history make a wonderful contrast to the wildlife. First stop on our safari was an old favourite Kanha NP for four nights staying at Tiger Corridor. Our choice was two-fold; the vehicles are more photographer friendly with much more comfortable seats than most of the short wheel based jeeps you see in India’s wildlife parks, and the accomodation is in large air conditioned tents. We love Kanha, particularly the meadows and the bird life is always an added attraction in the daily search for tigers. Dont expect the
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