Daily Archives: September 9, 2022

Dog edition: Black-backed Jackal

We were still on our way to the lodge in Murchinson Falls National Park when we spotted a Black-backed Jackal crossing the road behind us. It was in and out of deep grass and hard to photograph, but not much further on we stopped for antilope and found what was probably its mate enjoying the late day sun in the grass much nearer the road. These are of course, from the northern, East African population of Jackals, far removed from the South African population that hunts similar savannahs. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent (the first shot considerably enlarged in post processing). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 500 and 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus 1.3EV.

Blue-breasted Kingfisher

Blue-breasted Kingfisher: Royal Mile, Bodongo Forest, Uganda, August 2022 — I posted one photo of this Kingfisher…my second life Kingfisher from our visit to the Royal Mile (see a few posts back for more info on the Royal Mile) in Uganda’s Bodongo Forest adjoining Murchinson Falls National Park, but it deserves a couple more shots 🙂 We had given up and were turning back on the Royal Mile when our guide’s head snapped around and he said “Kingfisher.” I was still hoping for the Chocolate-backed (a Royal Mile speciality), and was totally surprised to see the Blue-breasted…a bird that was not even on my radar for the Royal Mile. What a bird! What a Kingfisher!. Again with the poor light under the dense canopy, but still 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications and multi-frame noise reduction. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. Nominal exposure: ISO 6400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus .3EV.