Leopard: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — I posted one shot from this sequence a while ago, but now, working through the Uganda photos in order, I come back to it. 🙂 I also told the story of the traffic jam of safari vehicles that had blocked the road and overflowed into the savannah on either side trying to see this Leopard hiding in tall grass, waiting for a safe opportunity to cross the road to get to its kill, which was hanging in a tree on the other side. There were well over a dozen vehicles, jammed in every which-way, bumper to bumper, back to front, like a crazy puzzle. Our guide walked the length of the jam talking to the other drivers and convinced them that no one was going to see the cat while all those land cruisers and vans were blocking its path, and we slowly untangled the mass of vehicles and moved off. We just happened be coming back to get to another road when the cat finally decided to get up and move. It was still trying go get around us to it’s prey, so, though we only stopped for a moment to see it, we got to watch as it stalked through the tall grasses parallel to the road. Wonderful indeed. Sony Rx10iv at 580mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/1000th.
Little Bee-eater: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — We saw 8 of the 12 possible species of Bee-eaters in Uganda…most of the ones we missed have restricted ranges that we did not visit (mostly North-west Uganda), or are seasonal migrants that are only in Uganda during a different season. So not bad at all. And I always like seeing Bee-eaters. They are so bright and somehow so alive! We did eventually see Little Bee-eater at closer distances…but this was our first encounter in the brushy savannah of Murchison Falls National Park. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 125 @ f4 @ 1/500th.