A trip report – Chobe River, Botswana (June 1-4, 2012) Part 3

Just more about the boat safari itself: Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings are the usual coffee, tea and rusks 30 minutes before we go out on the boat. Then it is all about getting the gear/equipment on the boat and do not forget about the basket and cool bag to keep us going throughout the morning. Luckily Veronica is in charge of that compartment and you are never disappointed. Thanks Veronica for keeping us strong throughout the day. Then it is out on the river just before sunrise as all the birds and animals starting to get to their respective favourite feeding places.

(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mm f4 fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/8000,  f5.6, ISO800, exposure = -1.00, WB = sun, Aperture mode, infinity from subject)

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The first shot or two is just to get the feeling (some finger exercises) and get your camera setting right (not that it matters – Lou and Veronica give enough guidance to the newbies). Some photos like this one – nothing serious, just a bird or two along the way while driving slowly up the river. Like this nice pied kingfisher sitting in the early morning sun:

(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mm f4 fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/640,  f5.6, ISO200, exposure = -1.67, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 12meters from subject)

(Using a very low ISO as I wanted to capture the sunlight on the Kingfisher and not trying to get a BIF photo. That is so great about the boat – so many options, you can decide what and how you want to go about it)

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Then it is down to some serious business looking for some action. Here are some of the birds’ shots taken during the morning drive (is it a drive or outing or what is it called? I suppose it is a cruise but is it really because it is hard and “lekker” work?):

(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mm f4 fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/3200,  f5.6, ISO1600, exposure = -1.00, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 10meters from subject)

(A first for me – the Southern brown throated weaver picking snails from the edges of the leaves)

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(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4 fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/2000,  f8, ISO1250, exposure = -0.67, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 50meters from subject)

(This photo was taken while we were cruising along the bank of the river – so it is possible to get nice shots while cruising and not just when the boat is “parked”. One just needs to be awake and alert all the time)

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(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4  fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/2500,  f6.3, ISO1600, exposure = -1.00, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 19meters from subject)

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(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4  fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/3200,  f8, ISO500, exposure = -1.00, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 40meters from subject)

(There was a dead elephant next to the water on the bank of the river with lots of vultures – just too busy for a nice photo, so I decided to focus on this Marabou stork standing alone in the water eating some of the pieces in the water. Not  the most beautiful bird in the world but provided me with “lekker” actions)

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And some animals shots taken during the morning cruises:

 (Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mm f4 fixed lens , 1/3200,  f4.5, ISO500, exposure = -0.67, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 32meters from subject)

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(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4  fixed lens, 1/5000,  f8, ISO800, exposure = -0.67, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 32meters from subject)

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(Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4  fixed lens with 1.4 convertor = 850mm, 1/5000,  f6.3, ISO800, exposure = -1.33, WB = auto, Aperture mode, 63meters from subject)

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I hope some of you kept your eye on the details provided below the photos and saw the very changes for each photos. That is the beauty of this trip – one can do some experiments with one’s photography. Not one situation is the same and one needs to keep changing the settings of your camera as each scene/sighting is changing. Now this is the real thing and one learns a lot. Even about yourself. Never a dull moment on the boat – believe me!

More about the afternoon cruises to follow.

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  1. #1 by landi on June 25, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Voel wat na die son vlieg en die 2 seekoeie – awesome!

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