On behalf of the entire Rockjumper team, we would like to congratulate Hugh on this excellent and very well-deserved achievement. Below is just a small selection of some of the many amazing images that Hugh has managed to capture over the years. Enjoy!
Crowned Eagle with Vervet Monkey prey – Here’s an image that has done the rounds, and rightfully so. What an incredible photo!
Malachite Sunbird – Some birds it is just impossible to ever see enough of, and this is definitely one of them. Arguably Southern Africa’s most spectacular sunbird, this image certainly does it full justice!
Narina Trogon – One of the most striking of all African birds, this lovely trogon is very seldom witnessed like this is the wild.
Buff-spotted Flufftail – Well, well, well. Merely catching a glimpse of this bird is difficult enough, but to photograph it like this is almost miraculous! A splendid image of a very special bird!
Violet-backed Starling – This is another species that one simply cannot see enough of, particularly up close and in full sunlight, as with this wing-flagging male that Hugh photographed just outside his bedroom.
Palmnut Vulture – This smart looking raptor breeds in the coastal town of Mtunzini, a short drive from Eshowe where Hugh resides.
African Emerald Cuckoo – Wow! What more can we say – an amazing photo of an amazing bird!
Livingstone’s Turaco – For obvious reasons, Hugh is justly famous for the clarity of his close-up shots of really beautiful birds. Just look at the detail on this turaco’s face – gorgeous!
Green Malkoha with Hyperolius frog sp. – One of Hugh’s specialities is photographing elusive birds at their nests through the use of carefully positioned hides. This, in turn, allows us glimpses into their lives that we would possibly never otherwise obtain – such as this scene of an adult malkoha bringing a meal to its chicks.
Painted Snipe – A bird that is seldom seen in the open like this, Hugh has certainly done the species full justice with this gorgeous portrait shot of a lovely female.
Four-coloured Bushshrike – A stunning photo of a stunning bird; this is another species that is very difficult to see well, let alone photograph like this!
Southern Bald Ibis – A really great shot of one of Southern Africa’s most sought-after endemics.
Rudd’s Apalis – This very vocal and busy little bird is typically difficult to photograph as it bounces about doing its birdy thing – yet in this great image it almost looks as if it has intentionally posed for Hugh’s camera!