This image was an opportunity shot, during a tea break, while sitting on the banks of a pool. There was a scuffling in the embankment behind the photographer, and on investigation, out popped this brown mongoose (probably better identified as a Dwarf mongoose – Helogale parvula). This little animal feeds mostly on insects, although they do consume rodents, snakes and opportunity eggs. Generally, they occupy old termite mounds. A difficult shot, its hideout was darkened and its movements quick and jittery.
(Canon 50D; f/5,6; 1/400sec; ISO-1600; 390mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Switch your camera lens from autofocus to manual focus. Composing the shot in the viewfinder is often preceded by focusing on the eyes of the subject. In manual focus there is little risk of the sharpness deteriorating when the camera is moved to compose. Too often, any reliance on autofocus will usually stumble because the camera may re-focus on the wrong object while composing. The subject should always be pin sharp.