Red-Billed Quelea Take Over Lion Plain

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It was late September and I was leaving camp for a morning game drive. We were heading towards the Luangwa River and crossing an open area known locally lion Plain. However, on this particular morning, it was not lion that greeted us, but something that took all of us by surprise.

At first, I heard it. A loud sound, similar to that of a strong gust of wind making its way across the plain. As I turned to look, everything fell silent. Then from out of the dust rose a huge black cloud that constantly changed formation as it swept across the open grass land.

The cloud, although appearing as one object, was made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny birds, Red-Billed Quelea. The most numerous bird species in the world.

This was by far the largest swarm I have ever seen and as they moved across the plain in front of the rising sun, I knew this was a very special moment for myself and my guests.

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Matt Armstrong

A deep love of nature and the great expanse of the wilderness drew me to Africa at a young age and has captivated me ever since. I truly believe that my experience and passion will ensure that you to leave your Wild Eye safari with images you can be proud of and memories that will last a life time.

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      Matt Armstrong

      Hi Vikram,

      Thank you so much. That really is very kind of you to say.

      You can certainly take images like this. If you have any questions on how i took these shots, or how to create similar images, please get in touch. I am more than happy to help.

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