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David Dampier

Financial Manager

David left the bright lights of Johannesburg and a promising career as a chartered accountant to join the Londolozi Ranging team in 2009. After three years spent as a guide, during which he built up a formidable reputation as one of Londolozi's top ...

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on A Lesson in Fishing from One of Londolozi’s Most Beautiful Birds

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Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

I love this little bird! So beautiful! What a treat to watch one ‘tadpoling’! You got some great shots. I have plenty of photos like the one you had of the backside of a bird! If you find a market for those, please let me know! ?

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

well done!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Such wonderful photos of one of my favorite birds. Thanks!

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

Excellent Photo’s!!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you for the lesson on the Malachite kingfisher. It’s certainly one of the beautifully colored bird. I also appreciated your camera settings and have a question. I, like you, use back button focus on my d810 and would like to know if you set your AF focus to shoot on the A-C setting for continuous focus in matrix metering, or focused using A-S Also if you focused using the former setting, did you select group or one of the other settings? 2500 is a really high shutter speed…. did you use Aperture priority or shoot manual. Obviously you were using manual iso…… I’m a novice Wildlife photographer working to improve my images. I’ll be at Londolozi during the third week if November and hope I have a guide with great photographic skills so I can learn more. ???

David Dampier
Financial Manager

Hi Denise,
Yes, I was shooting on the A-C setting for continuous focus, although once getting my focus where I wanted it, I released the focus button to ensure the focus remained in the same place when I started shooting. I was using just the single central focus setting. With the speed the bird was flying, I needed at least 1/2500 to focus. In addition the good light made it possible to use this without having too high an ISO. I was shooting on manual (selecting aperture, shutter speed and over/under exposure), with auto ISO. If you need additional tips, pop into our photographic studio when you are here in November!

Michael Kalm
Senior Digital Ranger

Stunning, stunning pictures! Even the one flying the wrong way is great. And that one coming out of the water trailing the water – Wow!
And, oh David, you poor man – to have to give up a career as a chartered accountant for this! What a cross to bear!

Pam Chandor
Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos! Nice work David – thanks for sharing!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

If you can find a kingfisher by water, it really pays to stop and watch. Had some amazing viewing of kingfishers by the causeway a few years ago. Andrea Campbell was driving and we really saw some amazing moments with at least three species of kingfisher. Then we ambled away and saw three leopards…

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

What a great series of images of this pint-size beauty!

Gloria Brislin

What a magical hour that must have been.

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Super photos of this little jewel of a bird – so lucky to see.

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hi David,
Fantastic pictures! Birds are divine! They bring so much joy, happiness and beauty! Thank you for sharing!

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

We were fortunate to see this little fella on one of prior trips. Excited to see some summer birds next month, since we have never been there in the summer!

Callum Evans
Master Tracker

Exquisite birds, definitely one of my favourites! A great place to photograph them is the Rondevlei Bird Hide in Wilderness National Park, Western Cape!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning capture.

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