These three dagga boys, or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), were captured in the early morning strolling through what was once a shallow water pan just off a Mopani forest. They appear to be old males who had broken away from the herd to lead a more solitary existence. Males seem to team up in pairs or a few more. It is a typical bovid grazer and water dependent. The buffalo is a dangerous mammal which can be prone to charging at great pace if annoyed and is most perilous to the predator when wounded during a hunt. It will fend off lion attacks when under threat and a common modus operandi is that of mobbing a prowling pride. Buffalo can outrun lions, their principle predators, over short distances.
(Canon 50D; f/5; 1/500sec; ISO-100; 235mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Water is perhaps the best attraction for animals where the photographer can literally sit and wait for something to happen, and it often does. Setting up a camera on a tripod in a static position near water and sitting in silence for a few hours will often yield excellent opportunities. This often calls for a little camouflaging of your position and the use of blinds can be an advantage.