Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher - Kruger National Park - South Africa
70D @ 200mm 1/800 f4 ISO100

Pied Kingfisher – Kruger National Park – South Africa
70D @ 200mm 1/800 f4 ISO100

Patience is a virtue…

These little guys will sit for hours on a branch, or in this case bridge, over some water waiting for the next meal to pass. I’ll see if I can get a shot of one with a fish in it’s beak when I go again.

Impala (Rooibok)

Impala (Rooibok) - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 200mm 1/1250 f4 ISO100

Impala (Rooibok) – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/1250 f4 ISO100

Even though you’ll pass hundreds of these on any given day in the Kruger, they can be notoriously hard to photograph.

They instinctively always turn their backs on you so as to be ready to run at a moment’s notice. Any sudden movements, such as stopping the car may set them off. If an when they are calm, they are mostly grazing with their heads down to the ground. I picture like this, is then the exact moment between opening the window, stopping the car, the impala pausing their grazing and lifting their heads right before they take off.

Birds of Prey

Tawny Eagle chases  Lappetfaced Vulture - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

Tawny Eagle chases Lappetfaced Vulture – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

It is not often that you get to capture different species interacting in the wild.

Here a Tawny Eagle chases off a Lappetfaced Vulture in the Kruger National Park.
Was it a territorial display?
Is the vulture really scared of the eagle?
Or is that branch something of a Sheldon’s spot?

Personally I like each image for it’s own uniqueness but I think the sequence tells the story.

2015-09-15 - Africa - _MG_2080 - 4K

Tawny Eagle chases Lappetfaced Vulture – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

2015-09-15 - Africa - _MG_2082 - 4K

Tawny Eagle – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

2015-09-15 - Africa - _MG_2084 - 4K

Tawny Eagle – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

2015-09-15 - Africa - _MG_2087 - 4K

Tawny Eagle – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f/4 ISO100

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