Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Yellow Baboons fighting

I took a safari into the Amboseli National Park in October 2017. Just before we went out for our afternoon game drive we heard a terrible ruckus and as always we went to investigate. There were 3 male baboons fighting and competing to attain, and maintain, dominance. The fight went on for over  20 mins with dust and saliva flying everywhere (except onto us of course). Sadly they eventually disappeared into a river bed, unfortunately for us, we were unable to witness the completion of this behaviour. I was so disappointed we could not follow them. It is not often that we get to experience an aggressive attack like this.I was lucky I had my 500mm lens set at 1\2000 sec no tripod so there was a bit of camera shake, at this time I was about 80 mts away, but was happy with the pics.    
 This is one of the reasons why I love the Birthing Safari as I have off road permits for our vehicles which allows us to follow these animals and get some amazing shots respecting the ecosystem at all times of course. But in this instance we enjoyed the experience and felt satisfied that we were allowed to witness this at all.
I have always found photographing primates all over Africa fascinating, they are either fighting, playing, doing something out of the ordinary or making you laugh. One of my "must do's" is to set and check all cameras before one goes out to photograph. If I plan shooting wild life, fast moving subjects with the aim to freeze the animals or birds, I either set my camera on manual or use shutter-priority, giving you the ideal exposure mode to use when you're shooting subjects that require careful choice of shutter speed to control motion. In saying this if you want to get a little more creative with your images of moving subjects, try using a slower shutter speed to blur their movements, its also the ideal mode for panning. If you need experience at this, then what I suggest is to practice in a city or a town on moving vehicles, or motor bikes or people running.    


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I had the camera set on burst, took over 100 pics these are 3 random pics i selected

had about 15secs to photograph this scene 

we witnessed about 8 different confrontations, all were really aggressive. what a great experience for all our friends.   

Photos taken by Clive Arnold. Copyright by Safaris Into Africa 2017

Friday, October 24, 2014

To save a lions life

I was touring in the Serengeti earlier this year when I came across this female lioness with wire wrapped around her waist.
We notified the vets and they were on the scene within 2 hours. We darted her and after examining her wounds decided that we would not put her to sleep but rather to try our hardest to help her recover. On our inspection 3 weeks later we found her and another female mating with 3 male lions. Some months later I photographed these 2 lionesses with these beautiful cubs. This is what makes me passionate about my job.

Unfortunately, it’s not only finding snares on lions but we do get them on all sorts of animals through parks in Africa. We will continue saving these animals as best as we can.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clive & Anne are currently loving their travels and filming in East Africa. They do however, have some unfortunately news about Giraffe Manor. They have lost 3 giraffe... 2 calves were killed by lions and Daisy 2 sadly died a week ago. Daisy was always well know on our trips as she was always the first giraffe to come up and be fed and to give everyone giraffe kisses. She will be sadly missed. Helen will now become Daisy 3 in the tradition of Giraffe Manor as she is now the dominant female.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

And they're off again

Clive & Anne will be leaving Australia for Africa on 25th Jan so, if you would like to say hi or have any questions for them come and pop in before then. Otherwise just ask Lisa or Margot while they are away.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Clive's Back in Australia

Clive & Anne are both now back in Toowoomba, Australia. Come and visit us at the shop for a cuppa or a catch up chat as we love to see you all. Safaris Into Africa had a wonderful season and have had the most fantastic lion vs crocodile experiences, views of cheetahs with cubs, Clive's cheetah head on, masai cow blooding ceremony, leopard kills and much more. Keep checking the facebook page & blog as we will be adding new stories every week.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In Africa

Clive is at Lake Nakuru and has just seen lions, 6 leopards, rhino and over 200 calving buffalo. The lake is covered in Flamingos that have migrated there.