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Fischer’s Lovebird, Serengeti National Park

native to east-central Africa, south, and southeast of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania the bird’s range varies with conditions, in drought years some birds move west into Rwanda, and Burundi seeking moister conditions.

Wildebeest, Crossing the Mara River

The critical point of the annual wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River.   Predators,  notably crocodiles,  gather at crossing points and await their prey.

Calling out to the morning

This photo was taken early morning whilst on safari in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and illustrates the value of looking over your shoulder when taking wildlife photos.

Cape Buffalo, with “freeloaders”

This animal was one of a huge herd, numbering probably in excess of 300 individuals, was covered in yellow-billed oxpecker birds.

Lone tree, Serengeti National Park

an hour after sunrise in the Serengeti National Park, I decided to give this lone tree shot the toned black and white treatment.

Goshawk, Serengeti National Park

a Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates), perches atop a cactus in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Northern white-crowned shrike

the shutter speed was enough to get the head, body, and legs of the bird sharp, whilst not freezing the fast-moving wing tips which show a touch of motion blur.

Dik dik closeup.

effectively an animal portrait and,  as is the case with a human portrait,  “the eyes have it”.

Dik dik antelope, Tarangire National Park.

The Dik dik is the smallest of the antelope species being only slightly larger than a domestic cat and tends to shelter in scrub and tall grass.

Sharpening digital photos using Photoshop

Image quality,  and our perception of it,  are influenced by such things as colour values and relationships,  contrast,  and perceived sharpness or acutance.

Zebras, putting the bite on!

It was worth having the camera constantly ready to capture any interesting behaviour as it occurs.    In this instance two zebras stopped grazing momentarily to engage in this “biting” behaviour. 

Lilac-breasted roller.

Widely distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes seen on the Arabian Peninsula as well, the lilac-breasted roller is a fairly common but beautiful species.

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