Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer Rhinoceros


Photo by Stephen Powell Wildlife Artist Photographer Testing Rhinoceros Poo for warmtn

Rhinoceros was close Poo was warm

To day we tracked 3 Rhinos for a couple of ks on foot. Or should I say we walked behind Patson who is one of the 6 best trackers in Africa. It might seem simple to follow several tons of creatures through bush. But theirs and the tracks of other rhinos crisscross the area. The ground ranges from grass and scrub to dusty and stony ground. They graze in an area then head of in random directions.
It’s worth mentioning that a pissed of randy Rhino is also thundering around looking for the same group as we are but with evil intent. Lions are also in the area. In the last couple of days a guide from another group lead a group of tourists in to a pride 12 lions and cubs. They all backed of but it was a very dangerous situation.
Patson sees everything including a freshly squashed tick crushed on a branch used as a bum scratcher by one our quary. A disturbed stone or stick guided his search. The observation and interpretation skills were amazing. Patson is a wonderful guide and host. A real gentleman with a great sense of humour.
Patson has us stick our fingers in Rhino poo to feel the warmth. We were close! We have also engaged in Impala poo spitting competitions. I do wonder if the guides get together some times discussing what they managed to get the tourists to do today! I’m sure they get a good laugh. Oh yer the Rhinos, with in a few minutes Patson was pointing out the group of Rhinos. I was very impressed with his demonstration of his skills. Quite amazing.
Managed to spot the odd bird or two along the way. 73 listed.

About Stephen Powell

Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers and newsletters. His work has attracted a number awards, which include Wildlife Art Society of Australasia & Best Flora or Fauna-Moomba Art Show. His passion shows in his works which are in demand for galleries and as private commissions. Training: Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Crompton (Phillips) Oil: with the gifted wildlife artist Krystii Melaine. Drawing and field sketching: with Steve Morvell He takes classes and travelled to Mitchell School of Arts to take wildlife art workshops. And the Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts in Wagga Wagga. McGregor School Uni Southern Queensland Toowoomba. Grafton to be added in 2011.
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  1. Steve Morvell says:

    Impala poo spitting????????….Holy crap Batman….whaddaya thinkin?? I know you read ‘Whatever you do dont run’ and in there it makes no bones about what guides do to the newchums. Well thats it for me….Im never kissing YOU again!!!! (PS….did Colleen eat poo too??)

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