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He's baaaack ... The Tale of the Last Safari for 2015

 
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Oct 03, 2015 20:57 |  #121

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your thread, as a trip like this will always elude me financially. Your photos and narration are top notch and held me from start to finish. Thank you so much for the trip!
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Oct 04, 2015 10:00 |  #122

Sorry, guys, I wrote about the elephant kill but didn't share any images of that seen. One thing about a big game kill in the bush, the first viewers are never humans on safari. Vultures have amazing senses of sight and smell and as soon as the apex predators stop to rest, the birds move in. This carcass had two species of vulture (or more) and Marabou storks at it. It's a difficult seen to photograph as the animals bunch up creating a blob of birds.

I tried to overcome this by finding a single bird not moving around and switching to a slow shutter setting so the other birds create a blur of activity.


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Oct 04, 2015 10:01 |  #123

I also advise folks to try and single out a lone animal/bird or smaller groups. The key is to simplify the scene so that your brain can make sense of what it's seeing. It was a challenge, but I did my best.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:19 |  #124

The afternoon was another great day on the water. Once more, I can honestly say you just never know what the subject is going to be. Going into Chobe National Park, I spotted someone tending the cattle on the Namib side. I thought of his water and how important water is to Botswana and Namibia. The currency of Botswana is the Pula. This work is also the Setswana word for 'rain', which shows the need and respect water has. Here the cattle are near the water because the land away from the water is so parched.

Overhead, was a yellow billed kite. I've never seen this bird before prior to this trip. On this trip they were everywhere. I'm told they have migrated down from Angola, awaiting the Spring rains of October/November when the termites hatch, insects are everywhere as well as small birds eating the insects. The kites eat both the birds and the insects. Again, this migration is once more tied to the water and the river. btw, while I saw these birds often, they never perched, they were always drifting over the trees.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:20 |  #125

Moving a little further into the park, my subject became resting Cape Buffalo with nice light. I tried to vary the compositions.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:21 |  #126

Including a portrait shot.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:23 |  #127

Next up on the unpredictable day was a wattled lapwing. The 'spikes' that seem to come out of the breast actually are on the wing (I think) and of course the skin hanging down is what makes it 'wattled' I think. Again, I'm no birder, so chime in if you can educate me.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:23 |  #128

Then, the subject changed to a kudu family.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:25 |  #129

I was some Marabou storks on an island, so we went over to shoot them for a while. That's the beauty of the boat, you see it, you go there. easy peasy.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:26 |  #130

A lot of storks were flying into the group so we got lots of birds in flight shots; however, what caught my attention was that several were picking up something, tossing it in the air and then catching and swallowing it. I'm still not sure what they were eating.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:28 |  #131

But the day turned out to not be the random shooting day I was expecting. Every trip to Chobe National Park seems to have an "Elephant Day". Yes, we see elephants every day, but there is always that one day when you are closer, when you connect, when you KNOW, this is my elephant day. This was my day in September, 2015. My elephant day.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:29 |  #132

Elephants were everywhere. Many of them with little ellies in tow.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:30 |  #133

Some were great in profile. Some were great drinking water. Any elephant pose you wanted, we got it this day.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:31 |  #134

But I really like the little ones and featured them in many of my shots.


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Oct 05, 2015 17:34 |  #135

We drifted up to an island bank where the elephants were slightly above us. We were VERY CLOSE but the elephants were totally relaxed. I think this B&W image really epitomizes my style. While I tell folks to avoid groups of animals, sometimes, it works if they are at different angles and if the shadows and lighted areas provide contrast. What do you think?


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