The first shot of this Crested Barbet which was sitting on the fence pole outside of our chalet. Some of the birds and wildlife are very tame here, and can come right up to you. Location: Mabula Private Game Lodge, Bela Bela, Limpopo Province, South Africa


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I currently live in Dargle, KZN, South Africa and work on the family farm. I shoot using a Canon EOS 40D, and usually my Canon 24-105mm IS lens. I love nature, and I’m sure you’ll realize that by looking at my photos. Enjoy!

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  • Stephen Homer
    Stephen Homerabout 4 years ago

    Nice Capture !

  • Thanks for your comment Stephen

    – Ashley Crookes

  • laurav
    lauravabout 4 years ago

    Great capture! Very fine detail!

  • Ashley Crookes
    Ashley Crookesabout 4 years ago

    Thanks so much. I have a very nice lens to thank too (Canon 24-105mm IS)! I was also very close, less than 1m away, so I certainly filled the entire frame!

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 3 years ago

    Aaaaw, he’s just toooo gorgeous Ashley! Lucky you for staying at Mabula! Lovely capture!

  • Yes, certainly a great experience. Thanks to the folks for taking us on holiday there! Haha

    – Ashley Crookes

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    2 August 2011 – 2 images per day

    Marvelous capture!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    2 August 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your marvelous image is among the featured work of the group Wildlife of Southern Africa

  • I appreciate my photo being featured in your group, thank you very much!

    – Ashley Crookes

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Please participate in this forum, and remember you are allowed to submit this lovely feature to our monthly challenge!
    First round of features for November 2012

  • Thanks for the feature! I really appreciate it.

    – Ashley Crookes

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