Mazda Wildlife Photo Competition: May 2013 – the winning image

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.

Read more about this specific trip and photo on my trip report blog:

The photo:

Martial eagle nesting material 1

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:

Here are the other five images:

Curious young jackal 1 768 500k 300d sRGB

1. Curious young jackal 1


Duck in the desert

2. Duck in the desert


Jackal hunting face 1 1024 1MB 72d sRGB W

3. Jackal hunting face 1


Kalahari cushion 1024 500k 300d sRGB W

4. Kalahari pillow


Ostrich dusty start 1 1024 500k 72d sRGB

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!!!


  1. #1 by bessie on June 6, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    geluk willem!!

  2. #2 by de Wets Wild on June 7, 2013 - 1:37 am

    Another well deserved accolade, congratulations Willem!

  3. #3 by whk139 on June 11, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Hi Bessie & De Wets, thanks for the kind words, I do appreciate it.

  4. #4 by michaelsingeltonhaworth on June 17, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Willem your Martial Eagle is superb – congrats on your winning image!!

  5. #5 by whk139 on July 3, 2013 - 5:50 am

    Thanks Michael – do appreciate your comment.

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