Camera Equipment Tips:
This means a telephoto zoom lens in the 70-210mm or 70-300mm range is ideal for taking hyena pictures, giving options
of group shots to portraits.
If you're using a digital SLR like a Canon 600D/60D or Nikon D90 with a built-in "crop factor" you may
find at 70mm focal length you can't get enough of your subject in the frame, so will need to switch
to a standard zoom in the 35-70mm range.
Digital cameras with fixed 24x or more zooms - like the Canon SX50 HS, Nikon COOLPIX P510 or Panasonic DMC-FZ150K -
are ideal as you've got options from wide angle right through to long telephoto.
Try to use a combination of wide aperture (F2.8 to F4) with a fast shutter speed as this will
offset camera shake and help throw the background out of focus.
Don't Chance Your Arm!
Wherever you go on safari in Africa, don't be lulled into thinking these animals are like domestic dogs! If you stick your
arm out your vehicle window, a hyena is capable of snapping it off with one bite.
They have powerful jaws and teeth specially adapted
to splintering and crushing bones.
While a lion or leopard is unlikely to enter your safari tent, hyenas have been known to
take a bite out of sleeping tourists.
So wherever your African safari may take you - whether it's a luxury game lodge or a humble camping safari - it's common sense
to treat all wildlife with caution and respect. They are, after all, "wild" animals, which one should always bear in mind when photographing wildlife.
See also Spotted Hyena Information and Spotted Hyenas - the Hermaphrodite Myth
for more about these unusual animals.
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