Hyena in the Sandpit

This was one of those amazing photographs where opportunity and technology complement each other. We stumbled upon this spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta – Shona: pfuru), before sunrise, lying in a gully on an apparently comfortable bed of sand. With a quick adjustment to the ISO, the animal became a useful subject for the camera, without too much sacrifice to ‘noise’ which is always so apparent in images like this. There is the tell tale sign of ‘noise’ present on its nose in the higher resolution images, but that intrusion was no excuse for not trespassing into our hyena’s sandy slumber.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-1200; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

3 thoughts on “Hyena in the Sandpit

  1. When living at Mara Mines,( 1940’s) friends had one as a ‘pet’- not locked up, but regular visit to the kitchen door for any ‘tit bits’ that were available. Many not realising how essential they were in the ‘scheme of things’.

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