AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA

An African penguin stumbles on a rock © Dan Callister

An African Penguin stumbles on a rock on his way home © Dan Callister

I managed to sneak away and photograph the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, during my recent trip to South Africa.  They are great fun to observe and to photograph…each having their own unique personality. It has been another great trip to SA but unfortunately it has passed so quickly….back to New York now…

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

A cautionary warning sign © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

African Penguins at Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Returning back from Sea © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

I wish I could fly © Dan Callister

Boulders Beach is home to the African penguin. Boulders is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.

Admiring the view as the sunset’s over False Bay © Dan Callister

The end of another trip © Dan Callister

Sadly, the end of another trip © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Thursday, August 7th, 2014

SHARK BITE, MUIZENBERG BEACH, FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

There were a couple of predation events at Seal Island today and it appears the sharks are slowly re-appearing after a short absence from the Island.  Unfortunately a twenty year old surfer was bitten by a white shark whilst surfing at Muizenberg Beach in False Bay and was airlifted to hospital this afternoon.

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark breaches on a group of Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

A Great White breaching © Dan Callister

Shark incident in Muizenberg

Rescue | 01. Aug, 2014 |

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach. The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

 

Shark warning flag flies over Muizenburg Beach © Dan Callister

Shark warning flags at Muizenberg Beach after the white shark encounter © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Friday, August 1st, 2014

A SHARK PREDATION PICTURE FROM SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

We are having some quiet time here at Seal Island as the sharks seem to have vanished and the predation has died down for the moment.  Hopefully the action will pick up in the next couple of days….

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

A Great White Shark captures a Cape Fur Seal on a stormy first day at sea © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape fur seals © Dan Callister

Underwater in False Bay, diving with Cape Fur Seals © Dan Callister

African Penguins duri ng the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

African Penguins during the down time in False Bay © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout © Dan Callister

My buddy Mark Enarson in the kelp beds keeping a lookout for sharks © Dan Callister

 

 

Read more.. Thursday, July 31st, 2014

DUTCH VAN KIRK – THE LAST SURVIVING HIROSHIMA BOMB CREW MEMBER DIES

Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk © Dan Callister

Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk © Dan Callister

The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.

Read more.. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

PACKING FOR SOME GREAT WHITE SHARK ACTION AT SEAL ISLAND, SOUTH AFRICA

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Great White breaches on a Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

I’m packing to leave for South Africa to hopefully capture some new material on the great white shark’s at Seal Island.  It’s always a stressful time worrying about logistics such as travel, weather, water visibility, will the sharks be hunting or are they even there at the island?  There are so many variables!  It’s always an adventure though and I have made many great friends out there on White Pointer II over the years.  I love going to Seal Island. It’s such a humbling experience to witness and experience the amazing ecosystem that makes up False Bay. Anyway, here are some pictures from last years escapade….If you wish to see more, you can view the ongoing project HERE

A Cape fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal locked in her jaws © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A close call for this Cape Fur Seal © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat shark © Dan Callister

A Cape Fur Seal preys on a Pyjama Striped Cat Shark at Seal Island © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

The end of a successful hunt © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

A great white shark breaches on a young cape fur seal © Dan Callister

Read more.. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

HOT AND HUMID IN NEW YORK CITY

Summer has arrived here in New York, it’s bloody hot and really humid.  The worst is still to come….Anyway I saw this in between running errands and thought it would make a quick smudge……

Female House Sparrow © Dan Callister

Female House Sparrow drinking from a water fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

Sipping at the fountain © Dan Callister

 

Read more.. Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

Supermencsh: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch: Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

I was assigned to do a very quick photograph of Shep Gordon and Louise Mensch in New York.  Louise was interviewing Shep for a piece about his colorful life in the entertainment industry.  The two minute portrait shoot was due to take place in a dreaded hotel suite. I found a location that might work down the corridor and luckily the door to a balcony was left unlocked….:) I managed to throw up a light and coerce the talent out of the hotel room to do a quick picture with a little taste of downtown in the background…

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

Supermensch Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

SHEP GORDON’S status as a household name may be confined to the four walls of his £10million home on the Hawaiian island of Maui but his client list as a manager is a Who’s Who of showbusiness royalty.

Louise Mensch and Shep Gordon © Dan Callister

The film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, traces Gordon’s entire life, from his time as a hippie drug dealer hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to his nine-day stint as Pink Floyd’s manager to ushering in the era of the celebrity chef by repping figures like Emeril Lagasse. A central theme of the movie, however, is how fame ruins lives.

Read more.. Sunday, June 29th, 2014

PIPPA AND JAMES MIDDLETON – RACE ACROSS AMERICA

Pippa and James Middleton complete their epic Race Across America in benefit of the Michael Matthews Foundation. Pippa and James crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes.  The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was  the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.

 

Pippa and brother James Middleton finish the race © Dan Callister

Pippa and brother James Middleton cross the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

The Michael Matthews team at the finish line © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Pippa and James are all smiles © Dan Callister

Read more.. Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

THE PAWS FUNDRAISER AT THE WINSLOW, NYC

The Paws annual fundraiser was a great success.  The event raised more than $25,000 and the Penguin photograph was sold for $700-00 during the silent auction. A nice feeling knowing that the photograph could contribute a little to a worthy cause.

'The Long Walk Home' framed photograph © Dan Callister

‘The Long Walk Home’ framed photograph © Dan Callister

Read more.. Thursday, June 12th, 2014

THE LAMBERTVILLE LIVING HISTORY CIVIL WAR WEEKEND

Southern Belle © Dan Callister

Southern Belle © Dan Callister

I visited the Lambertville Living History Civil War Weekend at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum to shoot some more portraits for the ReEnactors project.   The reenactors are a dedicated bunch of characters and extremely hospitable.  I’ve never had anyone turn down a request to be photographed.  They are always so polite and quick to share a little history, especially when they hear an accent…..

Confederate Soldier, 19th Virginia © Dan Callister

Confederate Soldier, 19th Virginia © Dan Callister

Confederate soldier Paul Pero, 30th Virginia, Co.B © Dan Callister

Confederate soldier Paul Pero, 30th Virginia, Co.B © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

Chaplain Mike Lawrence © Dan Callister

You can view more of the project HERE

Read more.. Tuesday, June 10th, 2014