Double-banded Sandgrouse

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This is a double-banded sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus) seen in the Mana Pools area recently, just south of their usual habitat north of the Zambezi River. They are more usually observed in western Zimbabwe. These birds are not quite as common as other sandgrouse varieties. This bird has several sub-species and I suspect that this one may be P.b. multicolor. They breed mostly in between February and September. Sandgrouse feed mostly on seed and are usually seen foraging in is short trampled grass and in Mopani and Brachystegia woodland.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4X III; 1/1000 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 560mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Vessel of the Ancestral Spirits

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Some say that the Ground Hornbill, found usually in savanna woodland habitats, is a sacred wise spirit about which, or of, it shall not be spoken. Some believe it is the carrier of dead people’s souls and ancestral, or worse, avenging spirits; and many fear the bird. To damage such a bird may only be redressed by some form of sacrifice. Yet, this turkey sized bird is a vulnerable species, suffering human land encroachment resulting in loss of nesting habitat, inadvertent bait poisoning, snaring and some negative folklore including ritual killing to promote rain and trade in it body parts and bones. The species is also susceptible to Newcastle’s Disease Virus which is a threat to commercial poultry production.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/125 sec; f/5.6; ISO 5000; 180mm)

Picture ©2018 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

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Saddlebilled Stork

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A saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalenisShona: showori [all species] ) on take off. When airborne, this stork flies with neck outstretched, unlike herons, which retract their necks. These storks are usually found near water and feed just like herons with a slow, measured gait and striking at its prey with lightning speed. This stork nests in stick built structures high in trees, like most other storks and they are known to occupy Secretarybird nests occasionally.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/320 sec; f/14.0; ISO 640; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Histograms are graphs which provide an instant guide to the contrast and exposure of an image that maps the distribution of tones from the darkest on the left to lightest on the right. It can be argued that there is no perfect histogram shape, but the photographer can easily assess, at a glance, the tonal range of the image and any clipping. Post shot processing allow one to change the shape of the histogram, thus improving contrast and exposure.

“All amateurs…think they have to have the sun at their backs. You’ll find this is wrong: If you get the sun to one side and catch the shadows, you get a ‘Rembrandt-lighted’ picture with good contrasts.”

– Frank Jay Haynes

 

 

Yellowbilled Egret

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A Yellowbilled Egret (Egretta intermedia) poses for the photographer. The Yellowbilled Egret is a common resident along swamped flood plains and marshes throughout southern Africa, except in the drier western regions. They nest in stick nests and feed on a variety of aquatic reptiles and fish.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/400sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

Egyptian Geese

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A pair of Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) perch on a log next to a water pan during the breeding season. They are, apparently, monogamous for life. These birds are distinguished by a brown mask about their eyes and a brown chest patch marking. They can be found across most of southern Africa, even at the remotest freshwater pans. The male tends towards being aggressive during the mating season and offers a grunting honk to intruders.
(Canon 7D; f/6.3; 1/200sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography