Bird Interactions in the Kruger Park

Lilacbreasted roller and black-shouldered kite in the Kruger National ParkLilacbreasted roller and black-shouldered kite

Here is a gallery of some of the bird photographs that we, the authors of the Photographer's Guide to the Greater Kruger National Park, have captured on our many visits to the world-famous Kruger National Park. 

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European Roller chatting to a Yellowbilled Hornbill in the Kruger National ParkEuropean Roller chatting to a Yellowbilled Hornbill
African Fish Eagle and Blacksmith Plover interacting in the Kruger National ParkAfrican Fish Eagle being dive-bombed by a Blacksmith Plover
Pintailed Whydah trying to impress his lady at Kambaku River Lodge outside the Kruger National ParkPintailed Whydah trying to impress his lady at Kambaku River Lodge
African Fish Eagle fishing at Sunset dam in the Kruger National ParkAfrican Fish Eagle fishing at Sunset dam
Juvenile and adult fish eagles fighting over catch near Olifants river in the Kruger National ParkJuvenile and adult fish eagles fighting over catch near Olifants River
Fish Eagle and Marabou stork interacting near the Olifants River in the Kruger National ParkFish Eagle and Marabou stork interacting near the Olifants River
Zebra and Bateleur Introductions in the Kruger National ParkZebra and Bateleur introductions

If you struggle to capture good bird images on your safaris then this eBook is for you! We have been visiting the Kruger Park for more than twenty years and capturing impressive bird images is not easy! Birds tend to be small, are unpredictable and move fast so you do need a long lens and patience! In this eBook we provide all our tips and techniques on our favorite bird hot-spots and how to best photograph them. 

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"Planning a Kruger trip? A new guide by pro photographers holds the key to good pictures. 

Learn from the folks who spent 517 days in the park and make your photos sing!" 

- Romi Boom, Editor of Wildcard Magazine, South Africa

Fish Eagle and Steppe Eagles fighting in the Kruger National ParkFish Eagle and Steppe Eagles fighting
Forktailed Drongo attacking Bateleur in the Kruger National ParkForktailed Drongo attacking Bateleur
Giant Eagle Owl being attacked by Redbilled buffalo weavers in the Kruger National ParkGiant Eagle Owl being attacked by Redbilled buffalo weavers
Tawny eagle and Bateleur fighting in the Kruger National ParkTawny eagle and Bateleur fighting
A lonely Pafuri Ostrich interacting with us on our guided Safari in the Kruger National ParkA lonely Pafuri Ostrich interacting with us on our Guided Safari
Fish Eagles fighting over food in the Sabie River in the Kruger National ParkFish Eagles fighting over food in the Sabie River
Tawny eagles fighting in the air, image taken in the Kruger National ParkTawny eagles fighting in mid air

The majority of these bird photographs were captured on self-drive safaris, on normal tourist roads, when we were on our vacations, which are anything from a few days over a long weekend, to annual holidays of 14-17 days duration. We also captured some of the images inside the camps and at picnic spots. 

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"...the majority of images are really impressive, each chosen for a practical reason, sometimes annotated to stress a point.

The authors clearly know what they are doing. For decades they have mapped their sightings, and in explaining how they achieved their images, they’re sharing invaluable tips on understanding wildlife behavior, reading the signs and getting yourself in the best position for the shot. 
There is a phenomenal wealth of information here; real substance."

- Craig Rix, Editor,Travel Africa Magazine, UK

A pair of Bateleurs in a dead tree near Balule camp in the Kruger National ParkA pair of Bateleurs in a dead tree near Balule camp
Whitedheaded Vultures at Shimangwaneni Dam on the S36 Near Talamati Bush Camp in the Kruger National ParkWhitedheaded Vultures at Shimangwaneni Dam on the S36
Black shouldered kites, image taken in the Kruger National Park on a self drive safarBlack shouldered kites, image taken on a self drive safari
Struggle between Martial Eagle and Water Monitor in the Kruger National ParkStruggle between Martial Eagle and Water Monitor

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"This is an indispensable guide to getting the best out of Kruger, camera in hand or not!”

Caroline Webb, Associate Editor, Getaway Magazine, South Africa


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Ground Hornbills squabbling near Letaba camp in the Kruger National ParkGround Hornbills squabbling near Letaba camp
Secretarybird feeding her chicks on the S90 Olifants area in the Kruger National ParkSecretarybird feeding her chicks on the S90
Saddlebilled Stork feeding chicks Kwaggaspan on the H3 in the Kruger National ParkSaddlebilled Stork feeding chicks Kwaggaspan
Herons fighting on Hippo's back in Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National ParkHerons fighting on Hippo's back in Sunset Dam
Ground Hornbill and Bateleur interacting in the Kruger National ParkGround Hornbill and Bateleur interacting

Most of these images were captured by anticipating some action and then preparing accordingly in terms of shutter speed and composition or simply sitting and waiting.

Trevor Barnett captures amazing bird interactions and he does this by finding a subject in good light, then focusing on the bird, leaving some space around it in case another bird appears and then sitting and waiting. (It's easier to do this with a zoom lens as opposed to a fixed focal length lens).

The waiting requires lots of patience as we have sat with Trevor sometimes for over an hour - with sweat pouring down our faces but not taking our eyes away from the viewfinder. 

If you put your camera down or leave it on the window mount, you generally won't have time to get the shot, as the second bird tends to appear very quickly and then the action is over within a second or two! 

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