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

Marabou Stork – Grim Reaper


This is an older image of a Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) standing atop a branch in hopeful anticipation of predators making a kill in the area. The Marabou is basically omnivorous, but mostly a carrion-eater and scavenger relying on game kills for food. It is known to fish when opportunity presents itself. They are often seen in the company of vultures, and quite frequently will drive vultures off a kill to feed. This image captured in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
(Canon 7D; f/14; 1/200 sec; ISO-500; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Beak Licking


A little Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) licking its lips after downing a minnow. This bird is a common resident of the pools at Mana. The Pied Kingfisher is not a migratory bird and is one of the more populous of the kingfisher family. It can be seen throughout the year and is a noisy bird, hard to miss.
Population Trend : Unclear;  Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/1500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 3200; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Tone is a term which indicates the darkness or lightness of an area of an image and the range between the two extremes giving rise to tonality or tonal range. A highly contrasted image is regarded as high contrast… the other end of the range, low contrast, which is synonymous with flatness. Tone can also be expressed in terms of temperature too, with blue tones denoting coldness and red the opposite.

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships! ”

– Ansel Adams




The photographer cannot make up his mind if this is a Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) or Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) (perhaps its neither and he hopes you will put him right). These little carnivores and migrant birds are common to Mana Pools. They feed on small invertebrates picked from the sand and mud on the edge of shorelines and pans.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/750 sec; f/5.6; ISO 3200; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography

Exposure Compensation is the deliberate under or over exposing of an image beyond the light metering system of the camera, usually done to achieve the correct exposure in difficult lighting situations. Many photographers will slightly underexpose their shots where the risk of clipping exists. That is where the intensity of light in an area of the image falls outside minimum or maximum intensities.

“A photographer’s eye is perpetually evaluating. A photographer can bring coincidence of line simply by moving his head a fraction of a millimetre. He can modify perspectives by a slight bending of the knees. By placing the camera closer to or farther from the subject, he draws a detail. But he composes a picture in very nearly the same amount of time it takes to click the shutter, at the speed of a reflex action.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson