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At ground level

I lay down in the mud to get this photo, it was on the edge of the Ndutu lake in the Serengeti plains. Most wildlife photos are taken from either door level height of a landrover or landcruiser or from a roof hatch. There is an obvious risk getting out of a car and lying down on the ground in any wildlife park, I’ve only done it when plenty of people who I trust are watching out for me and the area is wide open and we have a clear view of what’s around for quite a distance.

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Wildesbeests in the mist

I’ve  been into the Ngorongoro crater quite a few times, most mornings there’s normally a mist. However on this morning it stayed for longer than usual. Normally it was gone by the time we got to the crater floor.

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Classic African Sunset

The last few months have been pretty hard going with the new job and the changes that has bought on. Today felt like the first day that I’ve managed to stop and think about what I’ve been doing. Going through my lightroom library I came across this photo it made me realise how much I would like to go back to Africa. Perhaps next year.

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Happy Hyena

This guy was particularly happy and so were all of his mates, a massive giraffe carcasse and now lions around for a couple of days at least. We went back to this scene many times over a couple of days that we spent in Timbavati, we kept on returning as it was pretty cold and raining a bit, which meant most of the animals weren’t anywhere near water supplies so were impossible to find and see.

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Thorny Meal

I’ve never quite figured out why elephants enjoy eating Acacia so much, they have to be the sharpest natural occurring thing I have come across. They have gone straight through the bottom of my jandals on hundreds of occasions, horrible things!!

 

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Springbok Stare

Most of the time when shooting wildlife in Africa, you’re shooting from higher than eye level on the animals, which is not ideal when it comes to background. To get a shot like this you need to get out of the car and lie on the ground. I’m not saying you should do this but if you do you need to trust the people you are with and that they are watching out for you, most guides will never let you do this but some are understanding if they have the right group. I feel I should be adding a disclaimer to this tip…

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First wild dog

A few years ago we were in Moremi, Botswana. This was the first and only time I have seem wild dog, what differs between them and all the other predators we have seen over the years, is they don’t hang around to pose for the camera.

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Flying High

I love watching the big birds of prey, there are plenty of Kites and Buzzards here in Switzerland and I’m always watching them when they are around. They look so graceful soaring through the sky riding thermals, hardly flapping their wings.

Not quite sure what this one is, it’s a juvenile of some kind, I took this photo along the Chobe river in Botswana, so it’s most likely a juvenile fish eagle.

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Manyara Flamingoes

Keeping your photos simple isn’t that easy sometimes. When I saw these flamingoes I knew I wanted to just photograph a small group of them and have little to no background, I purposefully overexposed the photo to try to make the lake appear white rather than blue, I also chose a high shooting position where only the lake was the background, no trees or sky. I then waited for a small group to separate from a much larger group before I took the shot.

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Wild Beasts

I was originally going to share this photo yesterday, but changed my mind while I was writing the blog post. I figured a photo of a creature that is more menacing would be more appropriate for what I was trying to say yesterday. Though a cheetah is probably less dangerous to a human than a herd of wildebeest. It’s a fairly natural instinct to make the assumption that any predatory animal is dangerous to humans, especially one that hunts other mammals. What I have experienced is a completely different thing, I have never felt threatened by predators, though I must admit that most of the time I have been in a vehicle when these animals are close. Except when diving on the sardine run, then I was surrounded by hundreds of sharks.

These types of feelings are why my photo library is full of wildlife pictures, while I enjoy photographing cities and landscapes, there is something inside of me that feels truly at peace when I am photographing and watching wild animals.

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