Wild Dogs on the Hunt

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Wild dogs (Lycaon pictus – Shona: mhumhi; Ndebele: inganyana) commence their hunt during the early evening just off the Zambezi River flood plain.  This pack, has a unique member, a dog with floppy ears, leading the pack.  A vulture is aloft the pack (probably the Hooded Vulture), which shares a semi-symbiotic relationship with the pack, and is often seen standing or perching near the pack looking for feeding opportunities.  In the background is the escarpment sitting in Zambia, which often, during the evening, casts red lines across the dark horizon as bush fires burn uncontrolled through the hills.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/125sec; ISO-400; 105mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Waterbuck Resting


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

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

Primate Evolving

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A large male Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiopsShona: ngedere (tsoko is the common word for monkey); Ndebele: inkawu) stands upright on its hind legs on the lookout for something. This animal is widely distributed in Northern and Southern Savannas. They have a complex social structure, not too dissimilar to baboons, with multiple males in a troop population. They are territorial usually operating in an interlacing mosaic over a wide area. Males usually migrate from the troop when reaching maturity. .
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4III; 1/40 sec; f/6.3; ISO 200; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Fast Lenses are those lenses which have the widest apetures for any focal length or zoom range and allow faster shutter speeds to be achieved. They are useful in low light and action photography. Fast lenses are effective in throwing backgrounds out of focus.

“Human gesture and expression are the essence of photography. It’s not about lights or fast lenses and fast film. It’s the ability to capture a moment in time. To capture the spirit of someone in that magic box is wonderful. It’s what I fell in love with as a kid. ”

– John Shearer

Zebras Drinking

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Zebras (Equus quaggaShona:mbizi or duve; Ndebele: udube) drinking at a pan. The younger animal facing the other way was a touch skittish and uneasy. Water hole competition is an issue during the period before the first rains. Away to the right of the shot a couple of kudu antelope were moving in and this may have added to the general uneasiness.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 210mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography