After CPT we got back home around 11pm and at 5 the next morning we set off for St. Lucia. I very much recommend it as a perfect place to bring guests since you can do everything: safari, beach, scuba dive, surf, fish on the ocean, whale watch, and eat lots of seafood. After our 8 hour drive we set off for our first of many game drives. In this case it was a boat safari and we saw sooo many hippos and crocs, along with exotic birds.
I am proud of a few of the pics, but wildlife photography requires two things (after knowing how to work your camera): patience and luck (and maybe the ability to compose a shot really quickly as an animal zooms by). Next time I know I am going to rent some crazy large aperture 500mm lens, because my 50-250 is too weak on both ends and since I’ll only be going on safari a semi-regular basis for a few years it’s not worth it for me to make a purchase.
It was such a thrill, as always, to be so close to animals who are wild. Although hippos are herbivores you should take them seriously: hippos kill more humans than any other animal per year.
Stay tuned this week for some more animal photography from the game reserves all around St. Lucia.
PS. The last pic of the hippo with the open mouth is quite blurry but I just loved the composition too much to not include it.
PPS. These few pictures are culled down from over 600 pics on just a 3 hour tour.
From the top:
1. Croc waits in the trees, still as a stone statue
2. Heron hunts for fish in the estuary
3. Hippo eyes our boat
4. Kingfisher takes a rest from fishing on the roots of the mangrove trees
5. Crocodile swims quietly in the estuary (my favorite picture, click to enlarge for the full effect)
6. Weaver Finch stands on his pride and joy: a newly made nest
7. Hippo stays cool and prevents sunburn under the water
8. Heron perches on the grass
9. A crash of hippos ignore our giant boat
10. White-throated kingfisher takes a rest
11. Adolescent female hippos gets in a kerfluffle with her younger sister and runs toward her mom, crushing a crocodile that had been waiting quietly nearby
12. A shaky shot of a hippo baring it’s 2+ feet long teeth, but I loved the composition so I included it anyway