I was invited by one of my childhood friends to hunt on his farm near Kimberley in the Northern Cape. As a kid I spent practically every holiday visiting them on the farm, then it was in the Limpopo province north of the Soutpansberg in the beautful but harsh Mopani bushveld. They subsequently sold up and moved down to the Western Cape near Mosselbay where they created a jewel of a Game Reserve - www.botlierskop.co.za . I have such fond memories of those days and it was great to catch up.

I knew there would be opportunity for great photos in a beautiful part of South Africa. There is something special about the light in the drier parts of our country and I wasn't disappointed. Another bonus was ticking off 12 new bird species, amongst them the lesser and greater flamingoes breeding outside Kimberley at Kamfers dam. I created this slideshow as there were too many photos to select - http://picasaweb.google.com/carl.yellowfever/KimberleyMay2010?feat=directlink

The hunt was succesfull and I returned to our farm coldroom with the venison. Some will be served to our guests visiting during the Soccer World Cup. On Sunday I managed to improve on my previous photo of the hummingbird hawk moth, this one I got the shutter up to 1/8000s using a different body the Canon 40D.