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.


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 worked for more than 35 years as a flight attendant for an international airline. He came to birding late in his career but, considering the distractions, doesn't regret the missed opportunities. He was paid to visit six continents and took full advantage of the chance to bird the world. He adopted the nom de blog, Redgannet, to avoid remonstrations from his overbearing employer, but secretly hoped that the air of mystery would make him more attractive to women. Now grounded, he is looking forward to seeing the seasons turn from a fixed point.