'Wildlife Images from my Travels'                                26 April 2016  

JaguarRalph  Snook ARPS EFIAP DPAGB has visited the club as a judge but on this occasion members were able to see some of his many wildlife photographs and hear the many interesting stories behind them.
The evening began with Ralph's recollections of his visits to the Pantanel region of South America.
cheetahsThis large wetland is home to a large variety of interesting birds and mammals. Caymen alligators frequent the lagoons along with numerous wading birds, beautiful Hyacinth Macaws, Toucans and many other colourful birds can be found in the area.
 

Capybaras are common and can even be seen sunning themselves along the tracks. Waiting patiently in a boat on the main river, Ralph was rewarded with several views of the elusive Jaguar including a mother with 2 cubs and sightings of the Giant River Otters.

AnteaterRalph recalled some of his memorable moments - the Cheetah with six clubs playing in a tree, the Kiskadee trying to snatch a fish from an Anhinga and the rare Lesser Anteater (left) that brushed right past him.
As any wildlife photographer will know, these encounters do not always result in perfect Panicimages but the memories stay with you forever.

Ralph often uses a slow shutter speed to give a sense of movement in his photographs; the image of the wildebeest on migration (right) portays well the panic and turmoil as they cross the river.

Having travelled to Kenya many times Ralph knows the best areas and the best time of year to find the many photogenic wildlife subjects.

Ralph pointed out some of the many difficulties encountered when taking wildlife photographs, nothing stays still for long, the light is often poor, the grass is too long and the forests are dense.
However with patience and a bit of luck some wonderful moments are captured as members saw in this excellent presentation.

Thanks Ralph for sharing your images and some of your wildlife encounters with us. PM 
Images: © Ralph Snook