Waterbuck Resting

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It’s a little unusual to see a Waterbuck (Kobus EllipsiprymnusShona: dhumukwa; Ndebele: isidumuka) lying down. This bull was happy to continue resting and poses well in front of an old termite mound overgrown with mop like shrub. Batchelor males normally group together, but this bull was alone. Separation of male offspring from the maternal herd takes place as soon as the horns begin to develop, often provoked by territorial males. Young males join bachelor herds where the grow to maturity.
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/5.0; ISO 640; 260mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Golden Hour is a period of time after sunrise and before sunset in which wildlife and landscape photographers achieve amazing results due to the warmth of the light and reduced contrast. The cast of long shadows is a tell-tale sign of early morning or later afternoon photography. Landscape images reveal greater texture during the golden hour.

“A kind of golden hour one remembers for a life time… Everything was touched with magic.”

– Margaret Bourke-White

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Male Impala Lock Horns

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Two male impala antelopes (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) lock horns in a tussle during the lambing period, when most male impala spar with each other to move up the mating queue. It is a process of establishing a fighting category, which apparently determines mating precedence. Rank surely does have its privileges. This was a fleeting battle between the two giving an opportunity shot for split seconds before they each ‘bomb shelled’ in different directions. There was no knowing who won. Impala are the more prolific variety of antelope in southern African parks and a common source of protein for carnivores.
(Canon 50D; f/5,6; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 380mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Impala: Paradigm of Perfection

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Two impala antelope (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ) pose beautifully for the photographer. The impala is the paradigm of perfection in itself being one of the most efficient grazer/browser antelopes in Africa, yet the most common and probably the least photographed.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 285mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Sentinel Bull

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This Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) was one of the lead sentinels in a small herd. Herding is an anti-predator behaviour in which the buffalo is considered more safe than perhaps the loan bachelor or old ‘dagga boy’ which are more susceptible to being taken by predators than herd members. Herds fleeing from predators actually crowd in thus making it harder for predators to select an individual quarry. Another common defense of buffalo in a herd is ‘mobbing’ and there are many reported incidents of lions being mobbed, before and after they kill.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Saturation in photography refers to the attribute of observed colour in an image, or the percentage of hue. The greater the perceived saturation the more vivid or stronger they seem while dull, and weak colours are considered desaturated. In post-processing, pushing the saturation will make the image look unnatural.

“Your tripod and your camera must be well-fixed but your eyes and mind should be free. ”

– Lawrence Sackmann

 

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Greater Kudu

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A greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) stands majestic, as if on parade, staring at the photographer. While the kudu’s ears are large, thus providing excellent hearing capacity, they also serve to cool its body in its generally intensely hot environment, through a capillaries which give the ears their pinkish colour. No fireworks photography here, this is very much a record shot.
(Canon 7D; f/7,1; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 285mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography