WILD DOGS (Botswana with Grant Atkinson)

First cats so seems natural to follow with dogs.

This pack was quite a distance from us and the photos aren’t good but what was interesting about them is that several birds landed in their vicinity.  There may have been some leftovers which would explain the appearance of the tawny and fish eagle but hardly the arrival of the saddle billed stork.

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Oops!  Eagle and stork wanting to land in the same place.

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This pack was getting ready to move on.  I watched this dog move down the road and passed us as if we weren’t there.

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This is the pack trying to build up the courage to cross this small body of water.  Finally, one of the females took the lead and the rest followed.

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Finally, she takes off and the rest follow!

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A lot of dogs got their feet cut off in my photos.  It was all happening very quickly and I just couldn’t make adjustments quick enough.

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After walking a short distance, they discovered a herd of waterbuck.  Their interest was half hearted and the waterbuck seemed to know that.  They left but not in a huge hurry to put distance between them.

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Just to give us a feel for being at ground level with our subjects Grant had us get out of the vehicle on the side not facing the dogs. Once we were on the ground, they pulled slowly forward until we could see them.  They could have cared less.  After a couple of minutes they slipped backwards to where we were and we climbed back in.

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Although we tend to yawn when we are sleepy, seems like the dogs and cats seem to do most of their yawning when they are getting up.

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It’s difficult to get the exposure right so that the eyes don’t get lost in the their dark faces.  I’m not particularly successful.

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The playing never stops!

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More water crossings….

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And there they go!  This pack was obviously much further away from us than the other crossing we witnessed.  The good thing is that it was much easier to photograph them crossing.

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This sighting was totally unexpected!  We were on the Chobe River watching elephants, birds, crocodiles.. all the things you expect to see in and around the rivers.  Our boat driver started heading towards the shore.  When asked why we were headed there, he pointed and said in his very soft spoken way that there were dogs on the shore.  These guides always have incredible eye sight.

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That’s the end of the dogs.  After years of not seeing them, I’ve been privileged to see them on both of my trips this summer.  Makes me very happy!

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One thought on “WILD DOGS (Botswana with Grant Atkinson)

  1. Makes you very happy and me too. I have only seen wild dogs once and you are right and when they move, they move and you don’t have much time to think about getting camera settings right. How wonderful that you had a couple of sighting of the wild dogs and were able to get down at ground level with them. A very special trip this one was, I can tell from your photos. Thank you.

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