Waiting for Breakfast

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A small pack of wild dogs awaiting breakfast to pass by before the hunt.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/640 sec; f/4; ISO 1000; 250mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

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In Full Pursuit

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Not the sharpest of images, but this is all about sharing, and not photographic excellence. A wild dog bounding along after a herd of impala early one morning in Mana Pools area. I guess, the trick would have been to get both the impala and the dog in the same frame.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/800 sec; f/4; ISO 1000; 250mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

 

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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

Wild Dogs Gorging – Republished

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This image was probably the most difficult of a recent trip. We had been following a pack of wild dog (Lycaon pictus) as they went about their hunt. A small part of the pack isolated an impala antelope and gave chase, successfully bringing it down just off the Zambezi River flood plain. The light was fading… one had to gallop with camera 200m to get to the vantage point from which this was taken. After a hard run, the excitement of the opportunity, and taking this image without a tripod, not to mention the dogs kicking up dust, this series of shots was only asking for failure. Fortunately a old fallen tree provided stability for a hard breathing photographer. The dogs nearly consumed the entire antelope in the period it took the photographer to run 200m.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/125sec; ISO-400; 360mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Scattering Vultures

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Vultures are a pretty common sight in the African wild, and they tend to gather where carnivores are present, being predominantly scavengers of carrion. The Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) is quite prolific in the Mana Pools National Park, despite being listed as endangered in some publications. They are usually present where there are wild dogs or any kill and often alert observers to the presence of a kill. These two birds took off when disturbed by the photographer.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/6400 sec; f/5; ISO 640; 170mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes

Elliott Erwitt is a French born photographer whose family emigrated from Europe to the United States in the shadow of the Second World War. He commenced his photographic career in the Army while serving in France and Germany, after the war, in the 1950’s, and he eventually ventured into freelance work. He is often categorised as an advertising and documentary photographer, known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd everyday events and a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”. One of his passions was photography of dogs, for which he published a few books of his works. Erwitt is credited with the following quotation:

“Making pictures is a very simple act. There is no great secret in photography…schools are a bunch of crap. You just need practice and application of what you’ve learned. My absolute conviction is that if you are working reasonably well the only important thing is to keep shooting…it doesn’t matter whether you are making money or not. Keep working, because as you go through the process of working things begin to happen.”

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