Durban Alumni Association Talk by Daniel Dolpire – Monday, 3 June 2019

Talk on South Africa’s National Bird by Daniel Dolpire and an Overview of his book titled The Sentinels: Cranes of South Africa

After retiring from a successful business career, Daniel Dolpire focused his energy and passion on becoming an accomplished nature photographer. In 2013, he was first introduced to cranes and was immediately enthralled. He undertook to photograph all three South African crane species, a task he expected to take two years. It ended up taking five. Often rising long before dawn and finishing a shoot after sunset, he captured tens of thousands of images and travelled many thousands of kilometres. The project became an endeavour of epic scale.

The Sentinels: Cranes of South Africa is a 168 page book with more than 180 photo-graphs taken by our Guest Speaker: Daniel Dolpire, and published in 2018. The book is the culmination of an epic journey. It is little wonder that cranes so captivated Daniel. They are some of the most stately and spectacular of all birds and their joyous and acrobatic dancing is simply breath-taking. The Sentinels is a photographic festival celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of these remarkable birds. Sharing with us timeless images of cranes at rest and in action as they go about their daily routines, Daniel draws us deep into the private lives of these flagship species, even revealing intimate details of their nesting activities. With text by ornithologist David Allan, The Sentinels provides an unmatched window into the allure and wonder of South Africa’s cranes and the enchanting places they call home.

Join us for what promises to be a most inspiring and informative evening with wine, juice, snacks and good-company afterwards! The book will be on sale on the day at a discounted rate of R600.

DATE : Monday, 3 June 2019
TIME : 17h00 for 17h30
VENUE: Murray Lecture Theatre, (Centenary Building, opposite the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre entrance) Howard College Campus, Durban
COST : R50 per person (payable on arrival)
RSVP : By Monday, 27 May 2019 to Nomcebo Msweli on 031 260 2016 or email:

View the invitation here.

Robin Ralfe
Chairman: Durban Alumni Association

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