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Old Nov 26, 2005, 2:56 AM   #1
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A Black-Bellied Koorhaan - I'm trying something different [for me, that is], using the surrounding environment in the shot, rather than just a plain, clearclose-up of the bird or animal. It works sometimes, other times there isn't much of the "environment" around. I have other clear shots of this fella, however, I thought the green foliage and brown grass enhanced this particular shot.
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A Tawny Eagle - It was a bit too early and overcast/coolfor him to fly - Eagles have to wait for thermals for them to rise up and soar.
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A Whitebellied Sunbird - Of all the sunbirds, he is probably the most "chirpiest", so to catch him with his beak open is quite apt
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 3:23 AM   #4
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A Wattled Lapwing [plover] , spring has sprung as can be seen by the bright green foliage. It was overcast most of the weekend, and on sat night we had 150mm rain !! - Much needed in the area - We left on Monday, and on Tuesday the temp reached 42 C :!:
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Nothing like putting your face right into your food !!

To get an idea of how close he was, this was taken with my 100-400 at 100mm focal length [probably 4 meters away] - It can get a bit scary, 2 weeks ago a conservation ranger was impaled by an elephant through the windscreen of her car, the other four occupants escaped death, although 3 were injured. So the feet remain on the accelerator and clutch, vehicle in front of the ele,ready to move out in an instance [and all the while shooting away withthe Canon - hand and feet co-ordination not always working properly, sometimes accelerating with my shutter buttonandzooming in and outwith the gear lever, with my wife laughing hysterically at the antics :G:O:lol:]
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Mother's love - A Chacma Baboon feeding her newborn - Don't you just love her blow-dry hairstyle !!
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A leopard which sauntered across the road. I personally don't like roads and other man-made objects in wildlife pics, and also this is not a very "photographical" type shot, he didn't look at us at all, but I've included it in anyway just because of the sheer beauty of the beast.
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Jake, once again you've produced a stunning series. Thanks.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 9:51 AM   #9
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Jake, once again you've produced a stunning series. Thanks.
Yeah, really, I kept planning my, "Well THIS is my favorite," and then ran out of favorites -

Nor have any additional adjectives come to mind...

Of course, you could have had them all together for a group shot...:?

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More magnificent photos from the champ on the other side. Great work indeed Jake. And for me, my personal favorites would be the Sunbird for the colors and detail. Its sharp, sharp right on out to the points of the beak. And the baboon for the moment you captured and the sharpness of the blow dried hair. Wonderful.

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