Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mashatu Vlei - C4 Mobile Hide

After almost a month of no rain during our supposed ‘rainy season’ here at Mashatu Game Reserve, an interesting window of bird photography opportunity presented itself. The water in the vlei area of Mashatu, close to the Limpopo River had just enough volume to make for a perfect environment for a variety of waders.
On a game drive one day we drove past what looked like it would be an ideal spot to set up a mobile hide and test out what the waders had to offer us photographically. With the tent erected the afternoon before, we set off at 4am towards the vlei, the idea being to be ready and set up inside the tent before the waders began about their daily activities.
Unfortunately for us the sun decided to disappear behind thick cloud on the consecutive mornings of our attempt to capture the waders in first light. Nonetheless, despite the not ideal lighting conditions the waders still came to the party and this is what we managed to capture of them whilst lying on our bellies.
 Wherever you are situated in the world, it is always possible to seek out photographic opportunity whether it is a water bath in your backyard that attracts a certain bird or a staged macro scene of an interesting insect you came about in your flat. Get creative, keep shooting and you might be surprised with what you come out with!
Mobile tent (with a few adjustments) on the waters edge
Blacksmith Lapwing

Greater Painted-snipe


Black-winger Stilt

Dwarf Bittern

White-faced duck

Black-winged stilt feeding

Red-billed Teal

Common Greenshank

Three-banded Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Photographs by: Kyle de Nobrega and Ruth Nussbaum
Text By: Ruth Nussbaum

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