Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) sentinels caught on camera during last light in the Mana Pools National Park. This herd, estimated at between 200-250 animals was on the move towards the nearby, denser jessie before nightfall. Buffalo often traverse the parks between watering and grazing points. Their large herds move in column formations generally with bachelor bulls surrounding them and acting as sentinels. Matriarch cows tend to follow pathfinder buffaloes at the head of the column and also have a presence at the rear with the ‘stragglers’ where predators concentrate their efforts and are least likely to suffer mobbing.
(Canon 7D; f/3.5; 1/350sec; ISO-800; 200mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Moving in close to wildlife may well be the difference between a splendid image or failure. Sometimes, this means physically moving towards your subject. The photographer should respect the comfort or safety zone of the subject, and should be sure not to encroach on that of dangerous wildlife without professional guidance. Know your field-craft and signs or signals given by wildlife. These animals are unpredictable and more defensive in the presence of their young.
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