I had the privilege of spending Saturday with accomplished wildlife photographer Dave Rolfe @wildlife_shots, at Port Lympne Wildlife reserve @portlympnepark, near Hythe on the Kent coast. The highlight for me was observing these lowland gorillas at feeding time. This reserve is part of the Aspinall Foundation @theaspinallfoundation, who are renowned for their conservation work and have relocated up to 50 gorillas to the wild in Africa after rearing them at this reserve, and their sister zoo, Howletts in Canterbury. As I learned on Saturday, gorillas avoid direct eye contact, so you have to be quick with your shot when they glance your way. Delighted I captured this one.
Canon 5D Mk III + Canon 100-400mm at 349mm; 1/500sec at f/6.3; ISO 1600.
This herd of elephants nonchalantly feeds while we marvel at them from the jeep. Incredible animals and sadly endangered.
Canon 20D + Canon 70-300mm at 75mm; 1/500sec at f/10; ISO 400.
The stunning Sumatran tiger, sadly a critically endangered species with a few hundred left in the wild in Sumatra, Indonesia. Thankfully this guy is doing well at Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, NSW Australia.
Canon 5D Mk III + Canon 100-400mm at 278; 1/1600sec at f/5; ISO 800.