A very typical sight in many central African nature reserves will be the Water Buck (Kobus Ellipsiprymnus – Shona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) seen here posing in its most distinctive way. It is the least tolerant to withstanding dehydration of all the antelope and some suggest it requires more watering than domesticated grazing animals. Waterbuck is not considered a good eating meat, due to the presence of a strong musky odour in the fatty tissues, giving rise to the suggestion that this antelope is not preyed upon by the many carnivores. This is untrue. Lions, Hyena and even crocodiles happily take and consume water buck.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 105mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Spend time observing your subject and enjoying the experience. Lower your camera and watch. Animals, reptiles and birds rarely pose deliberately for the photographer. The success of wildlife photography often depends on capturing those special moments when wildlife does ‘pose’ or is doing something odd or unusual, be this a twist of the head, a yawn, taking a bite or some other habitual act. Interactions between the subject and its group can also be useful. Observations require patience. Silence and stillness are golden.