Richard has recently returned from a trip to Botswana where he was photographing leopards. His photos speak for themselves, beautifully composed, striking and artistic. You can improve your photography skills if you hope to go on a wildlife safari, are about to set off, or are a seasoned traveller - his clear advice will be of help.
Wild world is a not only beautiful book to look at, (full-colour large format hardback) but it also is packed with information about the reserves and wildlife across the globe.
Richard shares his tips on how and when to book your holiday for the best conditions to see nature, if you need a guide or to go it alone, what equipment to take by boat, plane or car, and when the moment comes, how to compose the perfect shot.
Leopards for example are the smallest of the Big Cats, and adept ambush hunters. They are mostly solitary - except when raising their young.
A female typically gives birth to a litter of two or three cubs. She abandons her nomadic lifestyle until the cubs are large enough to accompany her. She keeps them hidden for the first eight weeks and moves them from one location to the next until they are old enough to start learning to hunt. They get their first taste of meat in six or seven weeks and stop suckling after about three months. The cubs continue to live with their mothers for about two years..
Photos shown (c) Richard Barratt
Richard spent 9 days at the Mala Mala Main Camp located in the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Sabi Sand, South Africa. A huge private reserve located in the Greater Kruger Area, it shares a long boundary with Kruger National Park. The whole area is unfenced allowing wildlife to move around a region the size of Wales. The area is famous for its high density of leopards, and it did not disappoint.
The perfect Christmas or Wedding gift for any photographer looking to hone their wildlife photography skills, and enjoy a beautiful nature book (£30, 238 Colour photographs, large hardback).