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African Birds

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:)

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Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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