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Sand Patterns

Sand Patterns

Photo Details: Patterns on the beach formed by a stream flowing into the sea resemble trees in a forest, near Mbotyi, Wild Coast, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D Digital; Lens: Canon 18-55 IS zoom; Focal Length: 24mm; Shutter speed: 1/400; Aperture: f8; ISO: 200.

Tomorrow I leave for Rock Camp in Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block, Botswana. At this time of year there should be good game viewing and we’re bound to see plenty of elephants, impala, wildebeest and, with luck, some of the big cats like lion and leopard. Early next month I hope I’ll be able to post some interesting shots but until I get back, this will be the last post this month.

Lanner Falcon

Lanner Falcon

Portrait of Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus) showing its head in profile African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Ashburton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

For more info, see Lanner Falcon Close-up

Banded Mongoose Adult & Youngster

Banded Mongooses

Photo Details: Banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) adult and youngster scan for potential danger while foraging for insects and larvae under decaying log, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital; Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 240mm; Shutter speed: 1/200; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: The characteristic feature of this species is the series of transverse bands from mid-back to the base of the tail. Banded mongooses (total length about 55cm/21inch ) are diurnal and live predominantly on insects and insect larvae which they find under fallen logs and vegetable debris. They are social creatures, living in packs of up to 30 and, when out hunting as a group, keep in contact by constant twittering and chirping.

Zebra Herd at Waterhole

Zebra Herd

Photo Details: Zebra herd (Equus quagga) congregating at waterhole to drink, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital; Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 100mm; Shutter speed: 1/800; Aperture: f8; ISO: 200.

Additional Info: If you’re on safari in a game reserve or national park carrying only a digital compact camera with a limited zoom range, you can still take photographs that capture the atmosphere of the location, as in the image above. You will be able to get shots of the “bigger picture” – the herds of animals, the topography, and the colors of the landscape.

But you’ll also miss out on many potential photo opportunities, simply because a camera with a 3x zoom lens – roughly equivalent to 35-105mm – can’t pull the more distant subjects closer, as can a camera with an ultra zoom. These “super zoom” digital cameras now come with 10x, 20x or more zoom lenses, providing the magnification previously only possible with SLR cameras fitted with hugely expensive telephoto lenses.

This is good news for anyone going on safari who’d like to take memorable pictures without spending a fortune on camera equipment. Find out more in our article, How to Take Great Safari Photos Using Affordable Gear.

Spotted Eagle Owl

spotted eagle owl close-up

Close-up of Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus), African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Ashburton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

For more, see Spotted Eagle Owl, Close-up.

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