Phil Perry Wildlife Photography

About Phil Perry

I am a European wildlife photographer based in Swaziland, southern Africa. Whenever possible I travel the world in search of exciting wildlife to photograph. My particular interest is in wild cats of all descriptions and friends have even dubbed me a cat-magnet. On a trip to Brazil, where most visitors get a few brief glimpses of jaguars, I watched a pair of jaguars mating on a sandbank five times in 40 minutes just a few metres distant from a boat. My guide of some 30 years experience had never seen such a sighting - hence my 'cat-magnet' moniker.

Nov 2012: Photo Databases : A number of my wildlife photos have now been included on the Swaziland National Trust's Wildlife Databases e.g. Go to Birds and search under Photographer: Philip Perry. I also have some photos ion the following Databases: The Internet Bird Collection ; African Bird Image Database ; Some of my bird photos are also included on the new Roberts VII Multimedia iPhone Edition as well as the MultiMedia DVD version of Roberts.

Nov 2012: My photo of a group of Blesboks silhouetted against Malolotja's mountains was Highly Commended in the Burrard Lucas Wildlife Competition.

May 2012: My photo of a Lappetfaced Vulture attacking a Golden Jackal has just been selected as an 'Honourable Mention' in the Handbook of the Birds of the World's inaugural World Bird Photo Contest. A top 13 finish out of a field of 10,754. Very pleasing. The lappetfaced vulture had been sitting on a gnu carcass, keeping dozens of other vultures at bay (Ruppell's & Whitebackeds). When along came a golden jackal. He tried to take possession of the food source. But was immediately attacked by the lappetfaced. The vulture used a foot to squash the jackals hindquarters right down to the ground and threaten it with its massive beak. Quickly the jackal realised its gross misjudgement and then ran off at great speed into the far distance of Tanzania's serengeti.

November 2009: One of my photographs was Highly Honored in the Landscape Category in the 2009 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards and was featured in Nature's Best's high definition video that was displayed within the exhibition area from November 12th to May 3rd, 2010 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. This display featured just 48 photographs of the more than 25,000 pictures entered. My photo was taken at Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland and shows a group of Blesbok silhouetted against a mountain backdrop that includes Emlembe, the highest point in Swaziland.


What photographic equipment do I use ? I currenty work with two Canon EOS 7D bodies . My most used lens is an EF 400 f4 DO IS USM + 1.4x extender. I also frquently use an EF 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. Some wide angle zooms are much use on occasions. When travelling by air I take a Gitzo Traveller tripod and Mongoose 2.3 gimbal head. From a car or hide I often use a Badger Panning Plate. When needed I add a Speedlight 580EX and Better Beamer.

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Links to detailed wildlife photo galleries and other pages:

Mashatu, Botswana Tswalu, Kalahari


Chobe, Botswana


Kalahari Swaziland


Southern Africa


Pantanal, Brazil Kenya

Leopards of Sabi Sands

Luangwa, Zambia

Kruger Park

Dubai Desert Hides and Blinds

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