Wildlife Photography on a Southern African Safari – Photographing Buffalo

Buffalo in Kruger Park
Buffalo near Punda Maria camp in Kruger Park

The Cape Buffalo has the reputation of being the most dangerous animal in Africa as they have apparently killed more people than any other animal. The buffalo is a placid animal but if cornered or wounded its first instinct is to attack. Buffalo are common throughout the Kruger Park, are a very rare sighting in the Pilanesberg and are not found in Etosha or the Kgalagadi. The biggest herd we saw was at the Mlondozi dam from the picnic site. This herd was huge and numbered at least 2000. We watched them coming down to drink and they just kept coming – the whole area was covered with black dots that looked like ants.

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Wildlife Photography on a Southern African safari – Photographing Lions

Male Lion in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Male Lion in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

For most visitors to African national parks, the big cats are the most desired game viewing subjects and photographic trophies, with lions being at the top of the list.

The male lion has a mane that is very impressive and tends to make the lion the symbol of power and of the African wilderness.

The lion is the only social cat living in family groups called prides, made up mainly of females with their cubs and anything from one to maybe three or four males. One dominant male has the privilege of mating with the females.

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The Photographer Found and Wild life Photography

Growing up in South Africa I have seen way, way, way too many wildlife pictures.  I detest them.  One lion picture looks like them all.  Dry grass and lion. Dry grass and bush pig.  Muddy buffalo stares you down.  Spots in tree equals Leopard.  I yawn before I’ve even open a wildlife calendar. Because of my attitude I’ve probably missed quite a few good shots in the past few years.

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Photo Tip: The Art of Wildlife Photography

This weeks Photo Tips comes from Dan Elkabir of LighScapes who has a passion for wildlife photography. Hope you enjoy.

The Art of Wildlife Photography

Dawn has just broken. You can begin to make out the details of the acacia studded landscape. Your hot breath condenses to steam as it touches the fresh country air.  It may be cold outside, but not even that will stop you from having your car window wide open. It may be early but your senses are wide-awake, consuming the sight sound, and smell of the bush. You have not felt this relaxed in a long time, but still there is an air of tension. The tension of the hunt; your arms stay clutching your weapon, poised at even the slightest hint of action to take aim and fire. But you are neither after hides nor horns. You are hunting for memories, that split second of beauty where Mother Nature herself seems to conspire to present you with the “perfect” picture.

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