What stood out to me about the birds in Africa is that although they have birds that are native to their country, there are many that they have that are also found in Oz. What these pictures don’t show you is that some of these birds are very small and to be able to get so close to fill as much as the frame as much as we could, it was all credit to the driver of the boat and our photo guide.
When I run my tours in Africa, I use photographic Guides wherever I can as that means that they are all on the same page.They know what we are looking for ad they know the importance of light.
What these pics also don’t show and I’m not sure if it is the website but all pictures are sharp and 98% of the birds have the catch light in their eyes. For those who don’t know that phrase means, it simply means that they have the sunlight in their eyes.
When photographing birds that is one of the most crucial things to look out for, getting the catch light in their eyes.If you can do it, it makes you subject much more alive and gives greater depth to it.
The website fails to see it but on screen, it leaps out on you.
These are just a snap shot of some of the birds that we came across while in Africa on the Pete Dobré Photo Tour of Africa.
We did have a birder on board and her name was Aldury from the USA and she was right into her birds. I may have these next figures wrong, but I think she saw over 275 new birds that she had not seen before and that made her trip for her.
If you are ever considering a photographic trip to Africa, go to my website for details. I work with small number, max of 8 so its more personal and we get to spend longer at each of the locations that I go to. Pete:)