We sat quietly on a log, under the shade of a huge fig tree, sharing space with four young bull elephants (Loxodonta africana feasting on the fruit droppings off the tree. Each beast, in succession, from largest to smallest, took turns in exerting their dominance with mock charges, flaring their ears, but stopping just short, one by one. After each ‘charge’ the smaller beasts went to the larger animal and mingled trunks, as if seeking approval for warding off the foe. Then they settled down and foraged in the shade, happily sharing their space, in a way accepting us into their brotherhood, but just for the moment.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III /EF70-200mm IS II USM +1.4x; 1/60 sec; f/7.1; ISO 320; 98mm)
Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Often one contemplates what equipment you should have with you. Over-packing and carrying kit that you do not need makes your mission a burden. By the same token, not having the right ‘gadget’ for the job may upset the balance of enjoyment, which is why you are there. Critical items, aside from the camera, are zoom, macro and wide angle lenses, tripod, plenty of media and spare batteries for the camera. Do not forget your lens cleaning kits and have a good sturdy bag which is comfortable to carry. Some say your most important ‘kit’ is the pair of shoes you wear.