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

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