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The Decisive Moment. You’ll hear this often if you are into photography. It’s when everything comes together and all the pics you shot before or after are lesser beasts. Getting the “decisive moment” images are all about watching and waiting and hitting the shutter button at the peak of the action. And when I say “peak of the action”, I’m not necessarily talking about sports or action wildlife shots. I’m talking about that moment when everything comes together as you want it to.

And this doesn’t just happen… We’d been shooting pics of this warthog drinking for a while. Oxpeckers were doing their thing, flitting around and I was trying to get a pic of more than one on the animal. It took a while for them to figure out where I wanted them to perch. Not the brightest, are oxpeckers, but they got it eventually. 😉

So, be ready. Watch what’s happening in the viewfinder. Wait… And hit the shutter button when it all comes together.

Photo details: Nikon D800, 80 - 400 VR2 lens. ISO1600, 1/200sec at f5.6



Red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) and common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) drinking. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Mkuze Estate. KwaZulu Natal. South Africa

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