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Bateleur Eagle and Grey Crowned Crane

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By dhutch

Bateleur Eagle and Grey Crowned Crane

Bateleur Eagle - Kenya

Bateleur Eagle and Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane - Kenya

Description of Your Photo

I was on safari in Kenya when my guide, John, spotted this beautiful Bateleur Eagle high in an old dead tree. I was fortunate to be able to photograph the eagle in beautiful light.

The Grey Crowned Crane photo was taken just outside our tented accommodations along the Masai Mara River.

Where and When the Photo Was Taken

I took these photos while on safari in the Samburu National Reserve and the Masai Mara in Kenya in December of 2007. All of our game drives were at sunrise and sunset. I would religiously download my photos during mid day to an external hard drive and a laptop computer. This was also when I would charge camera batteries. All of the camps that I visited had generators for charging equipment.

Tips and Tricks

  • Bird photography in Africa requires your longest lens...and even sometimes the addition of a teleconverter is needed. These photos were taken with a Nikon 80-400mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. The photos were shot handheld from an open topped safari vehicle.
  • A tripod is useless for most safaris since the majority of your photos will be taken from the vehicle. A beanbag can be useful to stabilize the camera. The beanbag should be transported empty and filled with beans, rice, etc. after you arrive in the camp.
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