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    What's in a name? I came up with Afrigalah after developing a passion for wildlife and nature photography, firstly in Africa, then in my own country, Australia

      © Mark Newton
    ©Mark Newton

    Galahs- lifelong partners
    "Life-long partners" Click to enlarge

    The name combines my love of African wildlife and my affection for the galah, the cockatoo whose sometimes clownish behaviour has etched its name in Australia's history of colloquialisms. My website has always carried this dictionary-style explanation: Galah (pron. guh LAH), ubiquitous Australian cockatoo, pink and grey, found in huge flocks or just pairs. Also (colloq.) a fool. Hence, Afrigalah --mad about Africa.

    Watching cheetah ©Yvonne Milbank
    © Yvonne Milbank
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    On safari in Africa (at left) can often involve long spells watching big cats doing nothing, but the rewards for patience are worth it

    On safari in Australia (at right), again with patience, can sometimes mean up-close-and-personal experiences with the delightful creatures of the outback, in this case a central bearded dragon. I'm the one with the camera
    Focussing on a bearded dragon ©Mark Newton
    © Mark Newton
    Central bearded dragon
    Bearded dragon

    Except for the Papua New Guinea images, the photographs in these pages have been taken since 1996, when I decided to end a 39-year career in the news media so I could enjoy Africa without distraction and share my modest experiences of wildlife in this website. I celebrate the beauty and dignity of all non-human animals-- they are worth as much consideration as people, indeed more respect than a great many people

    Below is the site's menu: click on a text link or a country on the map. The newest page is here: The Bottom End
    There's also a special page in which I briefly review and rate my African safaris


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  • The Outback (3 pages)
  • The River Murray
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  • The Linyanti
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  • Selinda's birdlife
  • Masai Mara
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  • Faces on safari
  • The Adelaide Hills
  • Aussie birds (5 pages)
  • Niugini days
  • Lions of Selinda
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    Photo Sales

    My aim is to inform and entertain as much as it is to show my photographs. Many are for sale for publication or personal use, and most of those are displayed not only on the general pages but also special   PORTFOLIO  pages. Some images are included on the site only to illustrate-- to help tell a story, set a scene or to record. A couple of those which are for sale have done quite well in the Natural History Museum/BBC Wildlife magazine Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, while others have been published in books and magazines.

    All the photographs are subject to copyright and may not be used without express permission. I do give images to worthy causes, but generally this site is not a source of free photographs. Considerable time, effort and expense have gone into collecting them

    Prices of basic semi-gloss prints (unframed/unmounted) range from 7 AUD for 7" x 5" to 30 AUD for 18" x 12" plus shipping. Fees for prints on special media such as canvas are considerably higher; for example, 250 AUD for a high quality stretched canvas print approx. 39" or 100 cm on the longest side. Fees for image files for publication (books, magazines, brochures, internet) vary widely, depending on such factors as reproduction size, print run, placement and purpose.

    Email me to enquire


    The cameras I started with in the late 90s were the Pentax Spotmatic, Z70 & Minolta 7000i. My 35mm cameras are now the Canon EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark 2, and EOS 1n. My lenses are the Canon EF 300/2.8 L IS (with teleconverters), EF 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS, EF 135/f2 L, EF 24-105/f4 L IS, EFS 17-55/2.8 IS, EFS 10-22/3.5-4.5, EF 50/1.4, EF 100/2.8 L IS macro, and Zeiss Milvus 21mm/f2.8. I also used two Fuji medium format cameras, the rangefinders GS645S Wide 60 and GA645W. I often use fill flash, with the unit mounted off-camera with flash brackets, primarily the Really Right Stuff B87-B (with FA-EX1 extender). I use warming filters frequently, and sometimes polarisers

    Before moving over to digital, my preferred slide films were Fuji Sensia 100, Velvia 50 and Provia 100 & 400X, and Kodak E100VS. My wife Yvonne, who contributes photos to this collection, uses only digital cameras. Her present cameras are the Canon EOS 1D Mark 4, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II, 5D and 40D

    Camera support. I rarely handhold my cameras, except when using our DSLRs with fast short lenses (for example, to capture basketball action). My main tripods are the Manfrotto 055XPROB with JJC gimbal head, and the Really Right Stuff ground-level tripod, the TP243, with a BH 55 LR ballhead. I've frequently walked with a monopod for stability with heavier lenses equipped with image stabilisers. My Manfrotto 479-4B monopod has a RRS hi-capacity head with a B2-Pro II clamp and B61 plate.
    I use either a monopod or a beanbag in vehicles if a car window mount is not available. My window mounts are an inexpensive South African-made CamStedi, and a Finnish Ergo Rest, which doubles as a low-level or tabletop tripod. Out of vehicles, big lenses without IS require a tripod , and I almost always use a tripod for landscapes with wide angle lenses because of the frequent need for small apertures and slow shutter speeds. Landscape photos taken with the Fuji GS645S feature in the 'Introducing Linyanti', 'Outback', 'Adelaide Hills', 'River Murray', 'Victoria', 'Zimbabwe' and 'Zambia' pages (and are denoted by *) and some are included in the slideshows

    Flash extender improvisationA useful accessory is a flash extender (Visual Echoes' Better Beamer), but in a jolting safari vehicle in rough, often trackless country, even its light weight can increase wear and tear on a flash unit if it's fitted to the unit for a long time. And it is fiddly and inconvenient to fit if needed in a hurry. To help overcome these handicaps, I've used a plastic Stofen Omni Bounce reflector (the model which fits my flash) as a quicker slip-on mount for the Better Beamer. I cut the front out of the reflector and secured it inside the Beamer's arms with Velcro

    Open safari vehicle
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    AT LEFT: An example of the best African safari vehicles-- the open vehicle (low sides, no glass, removable canopy-style roof) favoured by southern African safari companies and preferred by me and other photographers over closed vehicles with roof hatches. AT RIGHT: The hide or blind I designed for use in the Australian bush but which I've replaced with a much easier to use, lightweight Ameristep hide Custom-designed hide
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    My thanks  to the organisations and individuals which have helped me get my images of wildlife and scenery:

    In Africa- In Zambia, Shenton Safaris (Kaingo & Mwamba camps, South Luangwa NP 2008); in Botswana, Brian & Jan Graham's Linyanti Explorations (Selinda Reserve 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2005), Kwando Wildlife Experience (Kwando Reserve 2005) & Wilderness Safaris (Mombo Trails, Xigera & Savuti camps, and Chobe River mobile camp, 1996); in Zimbabwe, Leon Varley Walking Safaris (mobile camps, Chizarira, Hwange & Zambezi NPs, 1998); in Kenya, Cheli & Peacock (mobile camps, Samburu & Masai NRs, the Ark lodge and Delamere's camp,1997)

    Special thanks  to the guides and managers we've had: Andy van Smeerdijk & Chloe Kurts (Botswana, Zimbabwe 1996); Craig Griffiths (Kenya 1997); Leon Varley & Stephen Maphosa (Zimbabwe 1998); John Van Den Berg, Gary & Michelle Hayter, & Mompati Aaron (Selinda, walking trails & Zibalianja 2000); Paul Moleseng (Selinda 2002); Kanawe Ntema & Barberton Mundu (Selinda 2004); Kanawe Ntema & Motsamai Morundu (Selinda & Zibalianja, 2005); Obeletswe 'OB' Merafe & 'LT' (Kwando Lagoon 2005); and Meyam Njobvu & Retief Barnard with scouts Gideon & Enoch (Kaingo & Mwamba camps, SLNP Zambia 2008). Camp management at Selinda and Zibalianja: Salome Wilke (Selinda 2000); Wade & Liezel Whitehead (Zibalianja 2000); Vaughan & Shirley Volker (Selinda 2002); Mark van Niekerk & Chantelle Minaar (Selinda 2004); Michael & Bastienne Schwarzer, and Kea Supang (Selinda 2005); Sean Trietsch & Samantha Bouwer (Zibalianja 2005); and at Mwamba & Kaingo, Zambia 2008: Christine Thiel, Gayle Olivier & Alison Cockerel

    In Australia, African Wildlife Safaris, of Melbourne; Peter Lemon, of Peregrine Adventures, Melbourne; Dr Mike Bossley, of the Australian Dolphin Research Foundation in Adelaide; Beverley Langley, of Minton Farm Native Animal and Bird Refuge, Adelaide Hills; and Brenton & Nadene Newman of Saunders Gorge Sanctuary in the Mt. Lofty Ranges

    Last but not least, thanks to my wife, Yvonne, and friends Geoff Gates, Mike Bailey, Mark Newton, Ian Stewart and Judith Price for their photographic contributions. Geoff and Mike are my special Guest photographers on this site, while Mark has been my 'guide' for much of my outback photography (go to my Links page to find Mark's Scorpion site)

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    © 1996-2016 Copyright photographs, graphics and text on all pages of this site: John Milbank, except where otherwise denoted