Puku Chase 6

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 7D Mark II
11643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 5000
Nearest Area
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Mfuwe, Zambia

We were out before dawn on a November morning in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia trying to catch an image of African Skimmmers as the sun came up over the Luangwa River. It was still very dark as we watched as a female puku attempted to cross the river. She suddenly froze, having noticed a pack of wild dogs waiting on the far bank. She was faced with an impossible decision, facing the pack of dogs on the far side of the river, or recrossing the crocodile infested river. She chose the river. She recrossed in a series of impossibly high leaps, barely touching down before the next jump. The wild dogs were afraid of the crocodiles as well. They followed the longer route along the riverbank as they chased her. She got away from the wild dogs, but to an uncertain fate. She wound up on a small sand bank in the river with no vegetation. The circling crocodiles had her in plain sight. When we came back later, the sand bank was bare.

It's a shame the assignment doesn’t allow photographers to submit a series of images! I’m happy my beloved old 7D Mark II is able to capture images at 10 frames per second! I took the pictures with an EF 200 – 400 mm f/4L IS USM Extender lens. The exposure settings were 1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 5000, 560 mm, hand-held.

Date Added
June 5, 2022
Date Taken
June 5, 2022