2011 proved to be a great year for my wildlife photography with some great memories and sightings despite fewer trips to the bush. Two trips to the Kruger were undertaken, The first in July 2011 with Tom and Doug and the second in October with Joy, Tom and Anna for 10 days, commencing in the middle of the Park commencing in Letaba, then Satara and Skukuza… both very different seasons. The former trip in the south of the Park (Crocodile Bridge Skukuza and Berg En Dal) resulted in my closest sighting of a black rhino as it was about to cross the road in dense bush as I passed (to within 5m) . Needless to say both of us back-pedalled to eye each other out. Most of my experiences of black rhino is that they are obscured by the bush and in the distance (50m+)but not in the current scenario. Why I was shooting ISO 1600 on one of my cameras is a mystery and a mistake. I also had a great leopard sighting that same day on the tar road from Skukuza to Malelane. The Leopard was sitting on a koppie 30m into the bush and decided to walk to within touching distance of my landy, totally ignorant of me and clearly on the hunt. This year saw me experimenting with a new suction cup mount attached to the door of my landy and secured by tie downs as well as a roof top hide allowing the kids and I to pop out at opportune moments. Missed opportunities included getting stuck in a traffic jam during a leopard sighting when I new of a little known road along the river just a bit further …I got there too late only to see the tail of the leopard head into the bush 3m away. I must say I was tempted for the first time to get to out of my car but common sense prevailed . I also phoptgraphed a recently born young elepghant ( a few days at most). I was surprised as to how placid its mother was as I passed within 5m of them both..sadly the light was poor and I was nervous . As to the most amazing photographic moment..it was a fish eagle at Nsemani dam, which dived from flight and dragged and swam with its huge prey of a barbel catfish to the shore, a distance of 6m . A series of 40 odd photos of this amazing sequence was taken. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.. If only I had a longer lens..the perpetual cry of a wildlife photographer.