Western Cape, South Africa 2020
For many people around the world, a large part of 2020 was spent at home. Due to Covid-19, South Africa went into one of the world’s most strict lockdowns. This would be the longest time I have spent at home in the last ten years. The only solution was to turn my camera to the animals around me. The longer you spend observing the wildlife around you, the more you realise how many stories there are to tell. Every morning this Karoo prinia would search for insects in the security gate at my front door. The insects drawn in by the outside light proved an easy meal for this clever bird. Adaption is the key to survival in an urban environment, for humans and wildlife alike.
Insects are the lifeblood of this transformation, pollinating as they journey from flower to flower. Monkey Beetles take advantage of the vast spring flowers, which offer an abundant source of pollen to feed on. They will visit a range of flower shapes and colours, manically flying from flower to flower, eating pollen and searching for mates. Male beetles actively seek out female beetles in the flowers. These beautiful podiums act as not only a source of food but a place to fight with other males, and if successful; mate.