A favorite moment: A Dusty Aardvark

Spending time with Dusty Aardvark is photographic gold to those photographers patient enough to weight for the light to change.

Over a 4 month period I shared magical moments with many guest and these amazing creatures. The more time I spent with aardvarks, the more they captivated me. I was obsessed to understand every detail of the daily lives and behaviour. It did not take me long to picked up on their habits and patterns, I was over the moon if I saw one once a week. This soon become 3 a week and eventually it would be daily sightings (my record is 6 in an afternoon).

I soon realized they absolute hate vehicles, so I no longer wanted to do game drives any more, bush walks soon became the norm. One of the benefits of walking, is that it did not take me long to habituate a few individual Aardvarks. However there was this one individual that allowed me into its daily life to a level that I have never experienced with any other animal before. It allowed me to move around him/her in such a manner that I position myself and my guests for absolutely stunning images.

I was alone the day I took this photograph, over that period I was obsessed with back lighting and I spent the whole time shooting into the light. I regret it a little now as the air was clear and the light was golden. Every time I look at this image, it instantly takes me back to lying on the ground with dust every where and this Aardvark digging by my feet.

Photograph Details

Filename: A Dusty Aardvark.jpg

Gear: Canon 5Dmk2 & 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM

Exposure:1/1000 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 100

Copyright: Copy right Etienne Oosthuizen photography

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