Sometimes you get lucky. We were in the Okavango Delta in Botswana doing some filming and photography for African Horseback Safaris and we were out exploring the channels of the Delta looking for animals and birds to shoot and we came across a Lilacbreasted Roller hawking insects from a perch in a dead tree. John killed the boats motor and we drifted slowly towards the tree and roller. We couldn’t believe just how close it let us get to it, flying off and returning to its perch a number of times. I guess the trick here is slowly and gently – no sudden movements, no load voices. And then the camera gear helped:
Camera details: Canon 5DsR and 100 – 400 MkII shot at the 4/3 crop making that end the equivalent of a 200 – 800mm. ISO 400, 1/3200 sec and f5.6.
Roger and Pat de la Harpe