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Today's Picture: Zebra Backsides
July 15, 2008
Zebra Backsides

Photo Details: Rear view of zebra pair (Equus quagga), Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS USM + 2x converter; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/2000; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: In the above picture, the “shadow stripes” (pale brown and blurred) in the white area between the main black stripes can be clearly seen. Shadow stripes are characteristic of the plains zebra (also called Burchell's zebra) found in South Africa. In addition, the stripes do not extend under the belly or all the way down the legs. Animals north of the Zambezi have no shadow stripes at all, making the black striping much more distinct, and the stripes do extend all the way round the belly and down to the hooves. See picture below taken in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Zebra group in Lower Zambezi National Park

Today's Picture: Giraffe at Waterhole
July 16, 2008
Giraffe drinking at waterhole

Photo Details: Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) at waterhole lifts its head suddenly to check for danger, putting a couple of redbilled oxpeckers to flight, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS USM; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter speed: 1/1600; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: See picture below for a crop from the full size image - looks like the giraffe is deliberately spraying water at a rather startled oxpecker!

Giraffe spraying water at oxpecker

Today's Picture: Martial Eagle
July 19, 2008
Martial eagle atop dead tree

Photo Details: Martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) keeps a lookout from its perch atop a dead tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon 70-300 IS zoom; Focal Length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f8; ISO: 200.

Additional Info: The martial eagle is the largest eagle in Africa, with a wingspan of 190-260 cm (6.25-8.5 ft). The female is considerably larger than the male. Both males and females have a dark head and throat, combined with a white, lightly spotted breast and belly and dark underwings. The legs are long and fully feathered.

The martial eagle flies very high - so high in fact that it cannot be seen with the naked eye. From such a lofty height this regal bird is able to scan a wide area for prey and then dive at great speed onto the victim. Martials are carnivores and their prey includes mammals like small antelope, hares, rabbits, hyraxes and warthog, reptiles as large as leguans, plus a variety of birds such as francolins, guinea fowl or bustards.

Today's Picture: Young Baboons at Sunset
July 23, 2008
Young baboons in tree, backlit

Photo Details: Two young chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) perched in the upper branches of a tall tree, are backlit by the setting sun, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 20D; Lens: Canon EOS 300L F2.8; Focal Length: 300mm; Shutter speed: 1/60; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 800.

Wildlife Camera & Photo Store
July 30, 2008
A new custom Wildlife Pictures Online Camera Store has been built in association with Amazon.com. The aim of the store is to feature mainly cameras and associated equipment that will be of interest to wildlife and nature photographers and also to those wanting to capture memorable safari photographs.

And rather than just showcasing the latest products, there will be articles of value - gained from real-life experience - about recommended camera gear plus tips and techniques on how to get the most from the equipment one has available. Not everyone can afford the biggest and best, but that doesn't automatically exclude one from getting some great images.

Today's Picture: Rhino on the Run
July 30, 2008
Rhino on the Run

Photo Details: White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) stirs up dust as it breaks into a run, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS USM; Focal Length: 200mm; Shutter speed: 1/4000; Aperture: f2.8; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: We were in a safari vehicle watching the rhino standing placidly on a bank to our right when it suddenly came lumbering at speed down the bank, apparently towards us. Fortunately it then slowed down, changed direction and ambled casually towards the water's edge of a nearby dam.

Although the rhino initially appeared to be charging us, it more likely decided the easiest way down the bank was to break into a run. It's nevertheless an unnerving sight when two tonnes (4,400lbs) of armor-plated muscle and bone comes bearing down on you.

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