We just returned from two amazing photo tours in Botswana and Zambia. The weather was totally weird - lots of wind and way too cold for the time of year, but the wildlife performed well. We spent time on the Chobe river in Botswana, and in South Luangwa NP and Lower Zambezi NP in Zambia.
Because of the wind there was a ton of dust in the air which resulted in a very orange/red sun around sunrise and sunset. I decided to take advantage of that and bring my guests to the open plains of South Luangwa NP to photograph backlit wildlife at sunrise. We arrived early at the plains so we had some time to drive around and find ourselves a sizable subject. A giraffe is about as sizable as it gets.
The giraffe was pretty chill with our presence, but it was annoyed by the redbilled oxpeckers that were harassing it. Every now and then it would violently shake its head which made the birds fly off, only to return a few seconds later. I got some shots with the head of the giraffe and the sun behind it, but later started to include the birds. I ended up liking those much better because of the added interaction and dynamics.
[Nikon D850, AF-S VR 180-400/4.0, built-in teleconverter engaged, 1/400 @ f/5.6, ISO 200, handheld]
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