Curious Guinea-Fowl


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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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2 thoughts on “Curious Guinea-Fowl

  1. Good study in light and shadow – success in “painting with light” is the basis of most good photos

  2. So nice to see. We had many of them on the farm at Lake MacIlwaine. Some cooked slowly in mums wood stove. On my latest trips back to SA, I was with a friend in Gordons Bay & the estate she is on have a flourishing population. They did a daily walk past with an ever diminishing group of young. Such silly mothers. Then in Kruger in July, is was so lovely to hear their calls and see them beetling about their business.

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