A Wildebeest looks like cattle with sharp horns, hairy body and a slight hump. The best time to spot this breed of cattle is June and July. During January and February, the Wildebeests settle down in a particular area for calving season.
It is quite common to spot lions or other predatory animals in Tanzania wildlife parks. Throughout the year the lions roam the parks in search of prey or shade. Tanzania is known to have a nice population of lions, lionesses and cubs. On a bright, sunny day you can spot the lions crossing the fields. It is nothing less than thrilling to be so close to the King of the jungle!
To glance a lesser kudu is to immediately understand how inappropriately they were named—there’s nothing lesser about these majestic, chestnut-coloured antelopes with 11 to 14 white stripes on their back. These athletic beasts can hurdle distances of more than 9 m (30 ft) long and jump more than 2.5 m (8.2 ft) high. Oh, and they can also reach speeds of around 100 km (62 mi) per hour. We’re not sure how fast a “regular kudu” can run, but we doubt it’s as fast as a car.
The puma is the largest land carnivore in Patagonia; its favoured prey is guanaco, but it will also eat smaller mammals and birds.
You can see elephant seals and fur seals year-round along parts of the Patagonian coastlines of Chile and Argentina. Hundreds of yowling fur seals sit on rocky islands, often alongside slightly larger sea lions.
The Patagonian mara is often confused with a hare due to its rabbit-like appearance but is, in fact, a large rodent. Its long and powerful legs allow the mara to escape predators, running at a maximum speed of about 43 miles per hour. Still, the mara always has to remain alert — and ideally in shrub cover — as it has numerous predators including eagles, pumas and foxes.
They make an impressive impression as they soar above the mountains in search of carrion on which to scavenge, taking advantage of the region’s gusty winds in order to stay aloft.
A regular camera constantly exposed to harsh elements will not last very long, so you need a camera that’s weather-sealed.
If you’re thinking of shooting insects and other small animals, you’re going to need a macro lens to take photos of them up-close. A 100mm lens with a maximum aperture of at least f/2.8 should be enough for most of your macro needs.
One great way to learn is to tag along with local wildlife photographers and other nature lovers. Observe how they move around animals, so you’ll know what to do once you start going out by yourself. Joining people who know what they’re doing can help you pick up new skills.
Animals scare easily, so unnecessary noise and movements can end up chasing them away. To avoid scaring them off when taking their photos, you need to stay calm. Slowly approach them when you know they’re not looking at you, and once you reach a safe distance, gently pick up your camera and press the shutter.
Itinerary Expert at Wild And World Exploration Workshop