Of all the animals, the primates seem to have the most character and this baboon (Papio chacma), enjoying a moment of sunshine, is no exception. Baboons socialise within kinship groups in which the females are dominant and normally remain for life, outnumbering males two or three times. Males transit between troops from time to time establishing new relationships with females. While in a group, the males play a 'godfather' role to the offspring of the females they become associated with, even if not the father. This is an important protective function within the kinship group and has apparent benefits for males in gaining acceptance by female prospects.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF100-400mm IS USM ; 1/250 sec; f/10; ISO 1000; 400mm)
Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Everybody is capable of taking a really great wildlife image and many do, capturing the moment when opportunity presents. Never be discouraged by the product of your efforts, if you haven’t captured a magic shot. Ansel Adams, the famous American landscape photographer, once said “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”. Think about this next time your frustration boils up.