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The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is well distributed throughout Sub-Saharan and Central Africa and is apparently the only pig which has adapted for grazing in savanna habitats. During the dry season the warthog relies more on underground rhizomes, bulbs and tubers. This pig is also unique in that it grazes while resting on the callouses of its carpel joints (wrists). They collect as small matriarchal social groupings. While bachelor males tend to gather together, the older males are usually solitary.
Population Trend : Decreasing; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ EF100-400 IS USM; 1/350 sec; f/10; ISO 640; 400mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Refractive Index is a term used to describe the effect of a lens causing light to bend, based on the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specific medium (such as glass). This determines the amount of light reflected and the angle of the internal reflection.

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Warthogs Drinking

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This image of warthogs (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) drinking was a chance shot, while on the move… not a splendid image by all means.  Apparently this is the only pig adapted to grazing in savanna habitats, which it does mostly during the wet season, supplementing its diet in the dry season with mostly root material, bulbs and tubers.  This animal is unique for grazing while resting on its knees, an image of which the photographer needs to ‘dig-up’ from his slide collection… another day…
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/60sec; ISO-320; 285mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Check your frame for distracting elements, particularly very bright or dark spots in both the background and foreground and re-compose to eliminate them. A light or dark spot in the image can draw the eye away from the subject, defeating the object of good composition. Look for background clutter which will draw the eye away from the subject or give the appearance of ‘growing’ from the subject’s head or other part of its anatomy, when operating at smaller apertures (greater depth of field).

Warthog: Mud Bath Mates

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Two warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus – Shona: njiri) take a moment on the edge of a pan to cool in the surrounding mud. The male warthog sports four warts on its face, one below each eye and another on either side above the mouth. Both of these waddlers seem to be male, although their warts are not abundantly clear to the observer. Both male and female develop tusks, and herein too there is a difference which may help distinguish sex. The male’s tusk tend to grow out more than the female’s, which generally tend to loop over the nose.
(Canon 7D; f/9; 1/640sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Warthog Pause


The Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is generally distributed through central and east Africa and may also be found in West Africa. It confines itself mostly to open savannah grasslands, although it is not uncommon to find them in lightly forested areas. They graze during the wet season and survive on bulbs and tubers in the dry season, usually unearthed with their snouts. Warhogs mark their territory with preorbital-glands and often by urination. Some males even urinate in their wallows and estrous females attract males through frequent urination. This image is of a female, the tell tale sign being the single set of warts on the face.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/180sec; ISO-200; 320mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Warthog Pause

The warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) is often seen running across the veld with its tail held rigidly high, like an aerial. Nobody knows if this serves a purpose, but this male warthog, seems to have relaxed its tail and taken a short pause before jogging off. This animal is highly diurnal and broadly distributed in Africa, its range extending south of the Sahara, mostly in Savanna grasslands. The warthog tends to avoid forest.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/125sec; ISO-200; 360mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography