Yesterday I had the pleasure of expanding KLIKR.CO.UK the online portfolio of accomplished nature and travel photographer, Steve Holroyd. Runner-up in the 2011 Wildlife Photographer of The Year competition, Steve’s images of animals, birds, people and places are consistently powerful, beautifully lit, pin-sharp and sought for use in print and on the web as commercial stock photographs as well being enjoyed for their artistic merit. His equipment is sponsored by Olympus and Steve takes it to wonderful wild places to capture the essence of his Nature travel experiences including images of endangered species like the fabulous portraits of increasingly rare and endangered Black Rhinos in their native habitat in Lake Nakuru National Park. Are those the scars of a lion’s claws (Nature’s ‘go faster stripes’) on the flank, or characterful age lines? Truly a magnificent beast, a lion would have to be very hungry to tangle with him! It’s great to know that he’s living in a protected area, more power to the rangers who watch over his kind.
If you like East African wildlife, there’s all the romance of the safari in Steve Holroyd’s new gallery of wildlife and travel images from Kenya’s magnificent Rift Valley Lakes: Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha.
I needed help with the captions. Kenya’s Rift Valley Lakes gallery by Steve Holroyd on KLIKR includes images of Black Rhinos, Waterbuck, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Olive Baboon and the glorious Flame Flowers. Also African birdlife including : Anhinga, Great White Egret, Crowned Crane, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Beautiful Sunbird, Augur Buzzard and Golden-backed Weaver.
There’s a lovely shot of dawn over Lake Baringo, too. That area is one of the best strongholds for the too heavily poached Rothschild’s Giraffe, recently recognised as a distinct species in its own right.
My favourite shot is probably that of the Greater Flamingo stepping out at the point of take-off! How can a bird be so gawky and graceful at the same time? I don’t know how, but it manages the feat.
Charles Paxton was not paid for this article, but is paid for updates to klikr.co.uk