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I'm currently on safari in the Sabi Sands (last full day here) and thought I would share some of the shots I have gotten the past 10 days using my E-M1's and 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and 75-300mm II lenses.





The first animal I saw on the Chobe river was this ageing female leopard. Now this is quite a rare sighting to begin with, but to see one on the banks of the Chobe river is even rarer.





After a few days on the Chobe we found ourselves back in Johannesburg for a night before heading off to the Sabi Sands. The first major sighting on our first drive was a pair of lion males with a female on a buffalo they had killed a couple of days before. The trackers on the vehicles use spot lights to illuminate the cats, making it much easier for us to photograph them at night. This guy went down to the puddle of rain water down the road for a drink.



The female decided to tuck in without the boys after she had had her drink.



Yellow billed hornbill (aka a flying banana!)



And the red-billed hornbill.





Dwarf mongoose.



Wild Dog pups playing with the remnants of an antelope the pack had taken down earlier.

I've still got so many photos to look through and edit, so expect others in the next few days/weeks/months!
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Re: On Safari

Fan-tastic!
Excellent to get such nice wild dog images.
I'm certainly leaving both of those venues on my bucket list

What sort of vehicles did you have in Botswana?
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Beautiful images Dallas, looking forward to seeing the rest.
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Fan-tastic!
Excellent to get such nice wild dog images.
I'm certainly leaving both of those venues on my bucket list

What sort of vehicles did you have in Botswana?
Thanks! We have been quite blessed this year, especially with leopard sightings. Last night we even saw a pair mating. I have some video taken with the E-M1 that I will process when I get back home.

I didn't attend the full tour of the Chobe with our guests this year, so I didn't go on the land based segment of the safari with them. They were on a modified Unimog that I have a photo of somewhere - will try to dig it up. Most of the time we were based on a houseboat in the Chobe and for our morning and evening excursions we used two specialised photography boats with swivel seats and gimbals that the folks using big glass found quite useful. Even me with my little 40-150mm made quite good use of them.



This is a photo of one of the boats.



And a pic of my business partner enjoying the sunset on the boat with a big lens! ::



And here is one of the gimbals with my little "rig" on it.
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Re: On Safari

A very nice set indeed.
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Re: On Safari

Yet another super set of pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Cracking set of images, stellar quality. Looks like some serious supports there, I bet they are really well received by the heavy weights, who makes them?
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Nice set, thanks for sharing. If I had to pick one it would be the wild dogs.
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That Canon OVF must be pretty bright if she uses it with those glasses on
Seriously though it looks like a fabulous job you guys have.
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Super set Dallas. Seeing the leopard must have been a thrill and all your shots are great, but my favourite is the lioness because of the behavioural aspect.
Great stuff. I am very envious. A trip I can only dream about.
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Thank you all for your comments! I am back home now after spending 11 nights on safari in the Chobe and Sabi Sands. It was really amazing, we got so many great sightings on both trips (which we did back-to-back for the first time). I have thousands of images to go through now, but the real world beckons and I have to go about photographing less interesting things, like couches, estate agents, etc.

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Cracking set of images, stellar quality. Looks like some serious supports there, I bet they are really well received by the heavy weights, who makes them?
They're made by a South African company called Gimpro. They do various versions of these things - this one was designed specifically for these swivel seats.
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Thank you all for your comments! I am back home now after spending 11 nights on safari in the Chobe and Sabi Sands. It was really amazing, we got so many great sightings on both trips (which we did back-to-back for the first time). I have thousands of images to go through now, but the real world beckons and I have to go about photographing less interesting things, like couches, estate agents, etc.



They're made by a South African company called Gimpro. They do various versions of these things - this one was designed specifically for these swivel seats.
Thanks. I found them from the name in the knob. Cheap too compared to RRS et al.
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Re: On Safari

Especially like the first four big cat pictures.
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Zebras by Photographers Travel, on Flickr


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We got into position quickly on the other side of a watering hole to photograph these zebras coming down for a late afternoon drink.
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African Darter (aka Cormorant) by Photographers Travel, on Flickr

I'm not much of a bird photographer but I really liked the colouring in this shot when I saw it on my LCD. Taken with the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and E-M1
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