Spotted Hyena

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A spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) looks back at its source of disturbance, a photographer in the early hours, Mana Pools National Park.  Most people believe this animal is a plains scavenger, an activity it certainly pursues, but the hyena is also an efficient hunter designed to run prey to exhaustion and therefore into submission.  Hyenas have the most powerful jaws of all the carnivors and are known to crush and consume bone.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 220mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
One photographic technique to brighten up you image subject, when the background is bright and the subject is in shade, is to use fill-in flash. However, this is not considered appropriate by many wildlife photographers, including me, and some suggest no wildlife image is worth the use of flash. Many birding photographers would not be without this technique, apparently. A mild dose of fill-in flash can enhance the catch light in the eyes of your subject. Use your common sense!

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