A question that often pops up on Safari is “What is your favourite subject to Photograph”?
From Impala to Zebras to Elephants and all your predators, all can give you a bit of magic when in the right place, right light and doing the right thing.
But there is one animal that I particularly love photographing… The African Wild Dog.
During my time working in the Linyanti Concession in Botswana ,where there is a very healthy Wild Dog population, I spent endless afternoons observing and photographing these amazing creatures.
Yes the dark and light patterns on their bodies do make for a bit of a exposure nightmare, but in low light, they are MAGNIFICENT.
Their social structure, interaction between individuals in a pack, their energy when hunting, these are all qualities which I am fascinated and intrigued by.
Watching Wild Dogs hunting, has got to be in my opinion THE most exciting thing to witness on Safari. The teamwork and ‘never give up’ attitude is why their success rate is right up there with the highest of all predators.
Unfortunately their numbers fluctuate regularly and are listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). This is caused by human persecution, habitat fragmentation and disease outbreaks.
I firmly believe my sharing our images of these incredible animals, we will create more awareness and in return hopefully conserve them for future generations to enjoy and photograph.
So, on that note, what is your favourite subject to photograph?
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