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

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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

Warthog in the Mud


This is such a typical scene depicting a very common animal in most central African game reserves. This Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus – Shona: njiri) wallowing in the mud on the edge of a water pan provided comical entertainment as she eventually covered herself in mud to cool down. This image was taken in the late morning when temperatures were souring in the low 40s (centigrade). The warthog is highly diurnal animal and females, with their young, normally retreat underground before last light. They are preyed upon by mostly hyena and leopards, although it is not unknown for lions to enjoy a spot of pork. Perhaps one of the more usual sights to be observed with these animals is when they trot along with tail vertically erect like a antenna.
(Canon 7D; f/7.1; 1/640sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography