Martial Eagles and more at Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana

The Nxai Pan National Park is a dried salt Pan in the Kalahari desert in Botswana. During the dry season, it is possible to witness amazing animal gatherings around the water holes. In fact it is then very common to gaze at a pair of Impalas crossing a Lion’s way very close by. The open savannah is an ideal hunting ground for raptors, and it is not uncommon to spot Martial Eagles, Fish Eagles and Bateleur Eagles.

Martial Eagle - Nxai Pan, Botswana

Martial Eagle resting at the water hole. This photograph was created at the Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana.

ISO 500 | f/7.1 | 1/500 | Av Mode no manual exposure compensation | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens (Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM review), the Canon EOS 5D mark II resting on the vehicle side mount. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

 

The Martial Eagle photograph above was create early in the morning, while the bird was drinking at the water hole. In fact that morning, there was a pair of Martial Eagles. This eagle is amongst the biggest raptors you might see in Africa and is truly impressive. If you come with me to Botswana and the Victoria Falls, you might also photograph Fish Eagles and Bateleur Eagles!

Plain Zebra running - Nxai Pan, Botswana

Plain zebras running a long with Impalas in the Kalahari desert. This photograph was created at the Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana.

ISO 160 | f/8 | 1/200 | Av Mode no manual exposure compensation | AI servo rear focusing

This photograph was created with the Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens (Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM review), the Canon EOS 5D mark II handheld. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

What a nice view! A multi-species herd running together. Those breathless spectacles happen every day in Africa. A photographer’s dream for sure 🙂

Spoonbills and shorebirds instructional photography workshop / $980 / limit 5 people / Mar 2014:

Don’t miss this great Roseate Spoonbill & shorebirds photography opportunity! This 3 day workshop will include three half days at the Fort Desoto Park. Fort Desoto is an extraordinary spot to photograph shorebirds and waders.
Photography workshop at Fort Desoto

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