African Wild Dog, or African Painted Dog (Lycaon Pictus), Botswana, July 2009
Nikon D3x, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, 1/15 @ f/6.3, ISO 200
There is a den near Dumatau and Savuti in Botswana at the moment, and we had the great fortune of being able to spend some time with them and their new puppies. All 13 of them. What makes it amazing is that there are two mothers with 2 separate litters, and watching how they all interacted was an amazing sight. I have spent more time in east African than in Botswana if you are to look at the total number of days spent out in the bush, so seeing and being able to photograph African wild dogs is very special to me. In east Africa the African wild dog is more difficult to find, and the places to find them are in the southern parks of Tanzania where I don't spend as much of my time.
I have a few keepers from our time with them, and this is the first in a small series of images that I will post over the coming days.