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African Black Oystercatchers taking off, Malgas Ilsand, Western Cape, South Africa

African Black Oystercatchers taking off, Malgas Ilsand, Western Cape, South Africa

Peter Chadwick uses his lens to artfully capture the lives of seabirds whose existence is under threat, but whose hope is presented in our seeing the truth. As a dedicated conservationist, Chadwick has 30 years’ experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He’s worked in some of Africa’s most special wild places, including the Kgalagadi Desert, the Drakensberg Mountains and the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. This has instilled in him a deep passion for the continent, its wild places and its peoples.

Cape Gannet landing at its colony, Malgas Island, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Gannet landing at its colony, Malgas Island, Western Cape, SA.

Chadwick’s wildlife photography is a natural extension of his conservation work, with images that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. He believes that “through a photograph, we have the ability to capture a moment in time which, if correctly composed, can positively influence the way we respond, think and act”. He aims to take compelling and ethical pictures that communicate the key values of the environment, showcasing its benefits and highlighting the need for the protection of our fragile planet.

Of the images captured here, Chadwick says: “Apart from making stunning photographic subjects, seabirds are, sadly, the most threatened group of birds as a result of man-induced pressures on our oceans. With their rapidly dwindling numbers, they’re important indicators that we need to wake up and start protecting the oceans that make the earth unique and upon which we depend for our own survival. With the aim of raising awareness of the fragile state of our oceans, I’ve partnered with the seabird division of BirdLife SA and Wildscreen Exchange.

Cape Gannet and African penguin squabbling, Bird Island, Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Cape Gannet and African penguin squabbling, Bird Island, Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, SA.

Adult Kelp Gull attacking a juvenile Kelp Gull. De Hoop Marine Protected Area. Western Cape. South Africa.

Adult Kelp Gull attacking a juvenile Kelp Gull. De Hoop Marine Protected Area. Western Cape, SA.

 

A Cape Gannet stares straight at the camera and through another gannet, Malgas Island, West Coast National Park, South Africa

A Cape Gannet stares straight at the camera and through another gannet, Malgas Island, West Coast National Park, SA. All images by Peter Chadwick.

This article first appeared in the July issue of Sawubona, download your free copy here.

 

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