Every time I press the button on my camera, I hope that the result will bring a stunning image with the distilled essence of a bird or animal captured in millions of tiny dots.

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Most of the time, I know before I even lift the camera that the outcome will be less than perfect, but at least the animal might be turned slightly towards me giving the shot an intimate feel and the catchlight in the eye will set it off just nicely.

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Last month, in Pilanesberg National Park near Johannesburg in South Africa, I had no such luck, but the animals’ poses did give me the opportunity to wish you all the best for the coming New Year. May you be happy, healthy and successful.

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So raise a glass to the hope that 2014 will further your search for the Holy Quail and that Nature will continue to amaze and delight us. Bottoms Up!

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.