Lanner falcon

32nd day of lockdown. In Kenya last year my wife and I rented a Toyoto Landcruiser and did our own self driving African safari. I know that self driving we have less chance of photographing Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs than if we had a guide. The locals know where they are more likely to be found and talk to each other in the camps each night. During the day they have radio contact and when they find something worthwhile they alert the other guides. We were out of the loop.

So we concentrated on the birds. When we saw this Lanner falcon on the floor from a distance it was an advantage to be at the wheel. I did not have to give instructions as to which side I wanted to go and how close to get. It is very frustrating telling someone exactly where to pull up when photographing and you change your mind every second as you approach because you are judging if the bird is going to tolerate the vehicle.

Lanner falcon, Falco biarmicus, Single bird on kill, Kenya, September 2019. Olympus M1x. 300mm lens with 1.4 extender. 800 iso. 1/5000th at f5.6

Published by mikelane81

Wildlife Photographer

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