Lessons from The Field: Patience, Animal Behaviour and Travelling with Like-Minded People

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This is something that I am looking to dial up over the next couple of months and, rather than spending time banging away at my keyboard (you would be quite surprised at how much admin go’s on behind the scenes at the Wild Eye offices) I am going to be doing more video chats.

Today’s chat focusses on some important lessons that were very evident during a unique lion sighting we enjoyed in the Masai Mara last year. Check it out:

So, the take home messages:

  • Travel with like minded people and join a photographic safari. You will notice the difference!
  • Take the time to learn and anticipate animal behaviour (check out both Gerry’s and my previous posts on this topic)
  • Be patient, good things really do some to those that wait!


Mara Lion

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  1. Phil Symonds

    Fantastic way to do a blog article about this situation Andrew. Loved it felt like I was there with you in the vehicle. Walking through the entire scenario from camera settings to behavior to anticipation wonderful wonderful stuff please please please do more!

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      Andrew Beck

      Hey Phil

      Great to hear form you! I will definitely be doing more of these, thanks so much for the feedback, great to know that people are finding value in this kind of post!

      Chat soon!

  2. Jon Bryant

    Hi Andrew,
    Great video blog. You are so right. Patience and animal behaviour anticipation are absolutely key in differentiating your imagery from that of a standard “proof shot” we get from normal safari’s. Underpinning this is a knowledge of when (in particular) big game start to get active. Patience is really the big challenge – to have the faith to stick with a sighting when there are other potential distractions around you.
    Looking forward to your next one!

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  3. derekevens

    Hi Andrew
    Excellent concept, really enjoyed watching the video with visuals as you narrated. I have seen this so often in Kruger, people speeding off to the next sighting, where? is there one? My family have learned, I take each sighting as it comes and will spend maximum time there, my philosophy you are not guaranteed of another sighting so take what you have now and used it to the full.

    Have a good day.

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      Andrew Beck

      Hi Derek

      You are quite right! I cant even begin to tell you how many leopard sightings and sightings of smaller species such as honey badgers and serval have come from stopping to watch birds or sitting with a herd of impala.

      As I mention in the video, taking time to sit with subjects is a major differentiator on a photographic safari and time in the field will always be rewarded.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

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  4. kathy riggins

    I visited the Mara in 2011….and, lucky, for me, i had the safari truck to myself. My guide and I took our time watching the animals…not rushing to the next “radioed” sighting. We parked at this same location…watching a lioness sleep soundly in the same tree….she would change position occasionally …but what a joy it was! i got some wonderful shots of her. i am wondering could this be the same lioness? I know it is same tree…if si, it is so nice to know she is doing well…and still prowling the Mara. If i could figure out how to add my photo, I would. Enjoyed your video blog!

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      Andrew Beck

      Hi Kathy

      Thanks for the comment and yeah there is a good chance that it could be the same female. We encountered another female climbing a tree not too far away from this exact spot again this year as well!

      Would love to see your pic – perhaps you can share it on our Facebook page? (Facebook.com/WildEyeSA).

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