A dogs tale or 5 hours with the African wild dogs.

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary Fl. U.S.A.)

Wild Dogs taken from the bridge

Wild Dogs taken from the bridge

Wild Dogs taken from the bridge
Taken from the bridge 2
Up close 1
How is that for close. 600mm

On March 11 2012 Sherry and I were driving the H1-2 when we spotted some dogs in the Siloweni river from the bridge. The dogs were resting in the deep grass on the side of the river about 400 meters out. Using the 600mm with a 1.4 we were able to get some fair shots. The first two attached. The next day we thought we would try it again against the odds. Well there weren't any dogs in the river so we continued up toward Tshokwane. When we got to the entrance to the Leeupan pan, the road was covered with dogs and only one other vehicle. The dogs then went into the pan entrance and we spent the next 5 hours photogrqaphing them (15 dogs) up close and personel. In my wildest imagination I never thought we would ever have an opportunity like this. We've just started going through the 2,488 dog pictures that we took but I had to post some even before going through them all. (excited or what!) as usual some folks came and went in a few seconds taking a couple of shots or none at all. some didn't even stop. How they could pass up such an opportunity I cannot understand. Well at least it took any pressure off us to leave. The next day they were gone. It was a super day.


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Apr 09, 2012
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none for us
by: Jenny

Hi Bob, thanks for the exciting wild dog pics, sadly we are back home without any dog pictures, but I guess that is how the bush goes, we still had a great time trying to find them. Well done on seeing them twice!

Apr 03, 2012
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Wonderful experience indeed!
by: Phillip

I have found that people are obsessed with lions - if these wild dogs had been lions instead, there would have been 100 cars camped there for the day!

Apr 03, 2012
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What amazing sightings!!
by: Clive

I also heard that post-flood the Kruger sightings were poor. I think it is a case of negativity or self-fulfilling prophecies - people tend to get what they expect. Bob expected to see some exciting animals and he got them in a double dose!!

Apr 02, 2012
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Wild Dogs
by: Bob Shepardson

Mario,

I guess we were very fortunate in that in addition to these dogs we saw one other near Satara. We were able to photograph 4 leopards, 7 cheetah, 26 lions and even a black rhino. I'll post some of these sightings along with some others from the Kalahari and Etosha after we go throught he photos. Probably mid April.

Bob

Apr 02, 2012
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Every wildlife photographer's dream!
by: Mario

What an excellent sighting and rewarding experience Bob! Spending a few minutes with one of the predators is wonderful but five hours (alone most of the time) is a blessing!
And so many other people had the opportunity you had but chose to pass it by - you wonder why some people come to the parks!? But as you said, it took the pressure off you to leave!
Three people told us they have just returned from the Kruger and there is 'very little game after the floods' - I guess you have proved them wrong!
(We are halfway through our Kruger safari and we have seen the big five twice and two cheetahs - we hope to see some of your wild dogs soon!)

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