The often seen and more common helmeted guinea-fowl (Numida meleagris) takes a curious stroll towards the photographer, an unusual act of courage on its part. This bird is distributed throughout southern Africa and may even be seen in urban areas. It is a grassland and broadleaf woodland inhabitant. They eat both insects and small plants and are frequent visitors to water pans. Guinea-fowl are known to take refuge in trees and roost therein during the evening. These birds may be found in large flocks, but generally during the breeding season can be seen in solitary pairs.
(Canon EOS 50D; f/6.3; 1/200sec; ISO-500; 400mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Always look for interesting or unusual behaviour when photographing animals. By observing an animal in its natural habitat for long periods, you may well see and be able to capture your subject doing something unusual or interacting with others in its presence. Young, and generally more photogenic, animals interacting with older members of a herd or pride provide great photo opportunity.
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