After I saw the Cape Buffalo emerge from the waterhole adjacent to the swimming pool, I made it a point to be on the lookout for wildlife whenever we were in the hotel room. Our patience paid rich dividends. And in this post we share the first of such armchair photography experience with a pair of friendly Bushbucks.

One afternoon we were resting in the room after a lavish lunch when I heard some noise outside. I peeped out to spot a pair of foraging Bushbucks approaching the hotel room. I immediately grabbed my D700 / 70-200mm f2.8 lens combo and started photographing the approaching Bushbucks. At first when they saw me and the camera they retreaded a bit, but when they realized that I was not a threat, they went about their business without much ado.

As they grew comfortable with my presence and the noise of my camera’s shutter, they got closer and closer giving me plenty of photo opportunities. In the last image you can see one of Bushbuck’s having taken shelter from the harsh sun, in the shadow cast by the room. Later while on the safari I shared the experience with Emmanuel and he pointed out that Bushbucks are normally shy animals and that we should consider ourselves lucky that they came so close to the room.

Bushbuck

Bushbuck

Bushbuck
Bushbuck

Bushbuck

 

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