Even if you do not know or understand animal behaviour you can start planning your wildlife mages if you just sit and watch for a while.
On my recent Great Migration photo safari we sat watching this scene.
The scene was great but the shots, not so much.
Our angle was a bit strange and the zebbies just did not want to play along photographically.
When zebra, and other prey species, are at or around waterholes you will often notice that they get sudden attacks of paranoia, run away for a few meters, stop and return to the water to do it all over again. Our dazzle of zebra at the waterhole was no different.
After seeing the behaviour a few times I saw the shot I wanted.
All too often people go for the obvious shots, the easy shots, but there is so much more fun to be had with a camera in your hand and trying different thins is what is gonna get you unique, different images.
It took a few tries but eventually I chose the right zebra as they again got frightened by something – probably one of the other zebras – and I followed along with him, firing off a few frames, as he ran through the water.
This was the shot I ‘saw’ a little while earlier and it was purely a result of studying repetitive behaviour.
When you’re next in the field take your time to it back and look at your subjects and look for the repetitive behaviour and and the shots you want.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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