Posts in Category: wildlife

Maine! Grey Squirrel (I see you!)

Grey Squirrel: Kennebunk Maine, USA, May 2023 — When you live in Maine you practice Animal Auto Focus on any wildlife available…mostly squirrels. 🙂 This squirrel did its “laying out flat on a branch” thing for me, and watched me inside my hide. He very definitely knew exactly where I was and was keeping track of what I was doing. We have two different framings here: 800mm equivalent and, using the digital tele-converter in the OM-1, 1600mm equivalent. In both cases the camera automatically kept focus on the eye. Program mode with my evolving wildlife modifications. (That is what the practice is all about.) Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 800 @ f6.3 @ 1/500th. Minus .7EV.

India! Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus Macaque: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March 2023 — Probably the most common, and certainly the most often seen, of India’s primates, the Rhesus Macaque likes to live around humans. You find them at temples, at railway and bus stations, city parks, along busy village streets, mixing with the dogs, cattle, and motorbikes…anywhere they might get a handout. They are not, at least to my eye, very cute…and they can be quite aggressive. You do not want to be bitten by one. Large family groups, or troops of mixed matrilineal families are common. This is a male, though perhaps not a mature one, sitting on the boundary wall of Keoladeo National Park. The Rhesus has the largest range of any primate except humans…across India, China, and all of southeast Asia. For better or worse, it has been used extensively in medical research, especially in the development of vaccines and viral treatments. (Maybe “better” for us, maybe not so great for the Rhesus.) Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 640 and 1000 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus 1 EV (left over from adjacent bird shots).

Tiger close-up

Tiger: Rathambore Tiger Reserve, Rathambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, India, March 2023 — A crop-in from a 600mm image taken from across a pond in Zone 10, for a portrait of Tiger. This is T 99, Aiswarya, a young 5 year old female who just had her first two cubs this year. The cubs were safely hidden in the brush and not to be seen. We found her right after entering the Zone on our afternoon drive and spent most of the afternoon watching her rest and move gently in the shade. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 @ f4 ! 1/500th. Plus .3EV.

A Tiger is still a cat…

Tiger: Rathambore Tiger Reserve, Rathambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, India, March 2023 — I don’t know why it always surprises me but it always does when big cats behave just like house cats. Maybe it is really more amazing that house cats still behave so much like big cats. The “rub my tummy” move seems universal, though I am pretty sure no one, at lest no human, has ever rubbed the tummy of a Tiger when the tummy was on offer. Still. Cats will be cats. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixomator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 1250 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Tiger!

Tiger: Rathambore National Tiger Reserve, Sawai Madhopur, India, March 2023 — After three previous attempts our last Tiger drive this afternoon rewarded us with this young female resting in the shade above a pond. We watched her most of the afternoon as she did resting cat maneuvers. Her eyes were closed, cat like, most of the time, but occasionally she looked out across the pond at her admiring audience. Quite an experience! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 1000 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .3EV.

Gray Langur

Gray Langur Monkey, Rathambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, India, March 2023 — We took 2 Tiger Safaris today, and one birding safari, in Rathambore National Park. We saw no Tigers but we saw considerable other wildlife and birds. We found a troop of Gray Langur monkeys while birding inside the park, which included this mother and child. Langurs are peaceful, gentle, leaf eaters, with long prehensile tails. Sony Rx10iv at 561mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 500 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Good by Zebra, good by Africa!

Plains Zebra: Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — We have finally come to that moment…the last photo I took in Africa in 2022. This Zebra colt is saying good-by…good by to Uganda for another year. Just as well. I leave for India in a few days now, and I still have lots of photos from Costa Rica in December to share. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 100mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Good-by Africa!

Uganda Edition: Jigsaw

Plains Zebra: Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — The Zebra is abundant in East Africa, but is only found in two widely separated parks in Uganda: Lake Mburo in the south, and Kidepo in the north east. This is your classic jigsaw puzzle shot of three standing together. Sony Rx10iv at 150mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 160 @ f4 @ 1/320th. Plus .3EV (probably left over from a previous shot 🙂

Uganda Edition: Three heads…

Nubian Giraffes: Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — coming up fast on my very last shots from our August trip to Uganda. These three youngsters were not terribly concerned that we were among them. Such handsome creatures. Sony Rx10iv at 517mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 640 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Uganda Edition: Nubian Giraffes

Nubian (Rothschild’s) Giraffe: Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Not everyone thinks that Nubian (or Ugandan) Giraffe and Rothschild’s are the same sub-species of Giraffe…but there is no doubt that the Giraffes in Uganda used to be called Rothschild’s. These shots are from our second encounter with this same tower of giraffes on our early morning walking safari on our last day in Africa. Coming to the end here. This time we were even closer, almost right in amongst them. Sony Rx10iv at 469mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .3 EV.