Four female Nyala antelope (Tragelaphus angasii) appear to be orchestrated by the small Hamerkop in front of them. The Nyala sought small pools of water close to the edge of this drying water pan, shortly before the rains. The Hamerkop, was probably hopeful that the presence of the antelope would disturb small fish, amphibians or perhaps crustaceans in these small pools. The female Nyala could be mistaken for being a different species to the male Nyala, which is dark brown. Some might even mistake the females for Bushbuck.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/5.6; 1/1000sec; ISO-200; 700mm)
Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
When taking photographs from a vehicle, using a longer lens, be aware of the engine’s tendency to vibrate through the entire chassis. Vehicle vibration may reduce the sharpness of your images. Where possible switch off the engine and be sure that other passengers are not rocking the vehicle. Bean bags may be useful to absorb some vibration, but to further suppress vibration lay your arm and hand over the top of the lens.