Just received the good news via an email – my patience (spending more than 2 hours with the eagles waiting for some action) with the two Martial Eagles paid off. Martial Eagle nesting material 1 was selected as the winning image for the month of May in the monthly Mazda Wildlife Photo Competition. What an honour and thanks to the judges of the competition. http://mazdawildlifephotography.com/2013-2/
Read more about this specific trip and photo on my trip report blog: https://willemkruger.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/trip-report-kgalagadi-transfrontier-park-april-2013/
Martial Eagle nesting material 1
A photographer is allowed to submit eight photos per month in this competition. This month I got lucky as six of my eight submitted images were nominated as finalists: http://mazdawildlifephotography.com/page/2/
Here are the other five images:
1. Curious young jackal 1
2. Duck in the desert
3. Jackal hunting face 1
4. Kalahari pillow
5. Ostrich dusty start 1
Message to take home:
The images above are all wildlife photos shot in the Kgalagadi and I thought this piece of advice is appropriate for this post:
It is very helpful ( and necessary) to understand animal/bird behaviour because it will give you, as the photographer, the ability to start predicting certain moments, and for that matter, certain shots. Take my last image (Ostrich dusty start 1) for example, this female ostrich was taking a “dust bath” in the last light of the day and eventually all the other ostriches left her all alone. From experience I know she will get up in a hurry to join the rest of her family. So I anticipated the move and captured the moment.
Until next time – keep on anticipating & shooting!!!