Wild Dog Stretching


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A wild dog (Lycaon pictus) takes a stretch after slumbering for most of the day. Stretching and limbering up for the hunt is quite commonly seen within wild dog packs. During the late afternoon the pack will begin to think about food for themselves and their young, probably to be found at a nearby den. In this case the matriarch (alpha female) dog was still very pregnant and almost due to deliver. Some litters can be as many as 16 pups (although the average tends toward 9 or 10 pups per litter), and generally only the alpha male and female in the pack produce offspring.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/350sec; ISO-320; 400mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
While much of your wildlife photographic work may be best undertaken during the golden hours of the day, if you are working in a heavily wooded or forest area, you may find shooting in the middle of the day may yield much better results. More light filters through the tree canopy at midday.

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