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Dog of the South Luangwa

The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is home to several thriving packs of wild dogs. The key is finding them and being in the right place at the right time. For that, you need a great guide! And fortunately, we had one. As early as we were up, our guide Fredrick (Fred) Phiri, and our Tracker John Banda were up even earlier. By 4:30 AM John had confirmed where the pack had bedded down for the night, and we were waiting in the perfect position as the sun came up.

It was the tail end of the dry season, and it had been months since the last rain had fallen. By 6:00 AM it was already starting to heat up, and the pack was ready for the morning hunt. There was very limited shade, and every so often the dogs would wander around a little to shift position. The dogs got more and more active as they came closer to heading out. In the national park the wild dogs are used to people, especially researchers. They occasionally glanced at our truck but did not feel threatened. They were much more interested in playing and socializing with each other. Eventually the alpha female decided it was time, and with a final glance at the truck, the pack left as a group.

I took the image with a Canon 7D Mark II with EF 200-400 mm f/4L IS II USM EXT lens. The exposure settings were 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 560 mm, handheld.

Canon 7D Mark II
560 mm · f/5.6 · 1/2000 sec · ISO 1250
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amazing photo robert

Thanks very much! Bob

congratulations on your photo editor pick

Hi Mariano, Thanks! I am very happy the editors noticed one of my images! Regards, Bob

Nice collection of wildlife photos, Bob! How long were you in Africa?

Hi Kevin, Many thanks! We've been very fortunate. My company has a division in South Africa that I visit on business, which is how we got started. We've been visiting Africa regularly for the last 13 years. Often it's purely business, but when we can, we try to add a few days to the trip for photography. We've had a chance to build some real friendships, especially among the guides and managers at the camps we have visited in Tanzania and Zambia. Having a great guide makes all the difference! Best regards, Bob Henderson