|Hungry European Bee Eater|
|Grey Headed Kingfisher|
Bird Photography in Kruger National Park
The bird life in Africa is amazing. It is enough to turn anyone into a budding birder. Beautiful bee eaters, colorful rollers, king fishers, sun birds, and all kinds of birds-of-prey abound in places like Kruger National Park. Armed with a new Canon 100-400mm L series lens I was ready to capture all the action.
There are two methods for getting bird photography in Kruger. You can drive around, cover some distance, and keep an eye out for colorful streaks across the road, or the silhouettes of larger birds up in the trees, but you need to really hone in your bird scanning if you are going to do this on the move. Another method is to find birding hotspots and stay in one place. Several blinds have been setup around the park overlooking ponds. Africa is the kind of place that you can sit and watch one big tree and see dozens of different bird species.
|Rare sighting of a Crowned Eagle|
|Beautiful Sun Bird|
|Lilac Breasted Roller showing off|
Being ready to hit the shutter right when the bird decides to take flight can be a lesson in patience but well worth the effort if you get the shot. Take a look at some of my favorite examples here.
|Lilac Breasted Roller in flight|
|Lilac Breasted Roller|
|Pied Kingfisher Scanning for Prey|
|Southern Masked Weaver|