The African Wild dogs sit well at the Werribee Zoo, which has somewhat of an African theme. These animals are hypercarnivores which mean’s that they obtain more than 70% of their diet from meat. The wild dog is a Canid which is differentiated to that of a Canis due to fewer toes, and a different dental structure.
As the day was hot, this made the photography easier since the animals were sitting and relaxing rather than running around. With this in mind I did not have to worry about shutter speeds and movement of the animal, but rather just had to worry about getting a suitable vantage point and making sure I eliminated any motion blur.
Because I used the Tamron 150-600mm at the longer focal length it was important to ensure that I had a shutter speed which was faster than 1/focal length, in the case of 600mm I would need a shutter speed of 1/600mm to prevent motion blur. Being a bright day, this was fairly easy to achieve without a tripod :).
As with all of my images, I use Nikon gear. This is not because I think Nikon is better than Canon but just because it is what I got started with and wanted to maintain lens compatibility. The images were captured and edited with the following gear;
- Nikon D610 DSLR
- Tamron 150-600mm Lens,
- Adobe Lightroom CC