Of all the subjects that I make pictures of mammals are the most difficult. Most of the time the animals are very shy and that means that good preparations are necessary. Where do I have to go? What is the best time to see the animal? What is the best spot to hide myself? I have to think about all these things and hopefully it will result in at least one good picture. The used equipment is also very important. Long telephoto lenses and the ability to use high shutter speeds make it a lot nicer.

Within Europe it is usually very hard to make good mammal pictures. The animals are hard to find or they are often located in areas that are not accessible. For those reasons a lot of my pictures are made in Africa. This continent is a dream destination for anybody interested in wildlife photography. Off course you will have to search for the animals and the best locations but the abundance and the fact that animals are less anxious make it all a lot easier. Most of the times I’m photographing from a car or a hide and that makes real close encounters very possible.

The best thing about animal photography is that I never know what to expect. At the moment something appears decisions have to be mad instantly or else the moment is gone. That spontaneous and unexpected aspect gives me lots of satisfaction. When that one perfect shot comes out of my camera my day has been worth it.

Kudu during sunrise, South AfricaRoe deer during sunrise.Meerkat family portret in Botswana.Wild horse at nature reserve the PosbankReindeer in the snowDeer during sunrise.Red deer during the golden hour, NetherlandsDeer on the Veluwe.Wildlife stops the traffic.Lion family in the middle of fog cloud, South-AfricaRed deer.Oryx on edge of saltpan, NamibiaHugging in the fogHorses in the snowElephant at waterhole, Sout Africa.Deer in the Highlands.Big antlers.Leopard on side of tree, South-AfricaReddeer in Scottish wilderness.Young Oran-Oetan in a tree, SumatraSeal on the beachGiraffe during the golden hour, South-AfricaThomas leag monkey, SumatraLion cubs, BotswanaVelvet monkey, BotswanaRed deer in ScotlandLeopard standing in tree, South-AfricaImpala close up, South-AfricaHorses in the mist.Deer in the forest.Old lioness, South-AfricaMeerkat close up, BotswanaYoung deer in ScotlandSilouet of red deer during sunrise, Netherlands Leopard close up, South-AfricaOran-Oetang mother close up, SumatraRoe deer on RømøMouse on dead wood, NetherlandsSpringbok close up, NamibiaBontebok, South-AfricaLion couple standing, NamibiaRed deer climbing out of the water, NetherlandsImpala's in a fightZebra family, NamibiaKlipdassie close up, South-AfricaGiraffe driving jeep, BotswanaOran-Oetang baby, SumatraFighting Implala, South-AfricaElephants fighting, South-AfricaMeerkat on lookout, BotswanaSeal colony, NamibiaElephant in the dust, NamibiaWilderbeast at saltpan edge, NamibiaGiraffe with passenger, South-AfricaImpala in dusty surrounding, South-AfricaRed deer male on lookout, NetherlandsLion cup, South-AfricaMeerkat close up front, BotswanaMouse before Burrow, NetherlandsGroup of Red deer, NetherlandsChipmunk on lookout, U.S.Male lion, South-AfricaKlipdassie on top of table mountain, South-AfricaDeer in capital reef np, U.S.Elephant with latge tusk, South-AfricaRoe deer in the shadows, NetherlandsOran-Oetang close up, SumatraRed deer black and white, NetherlandsSee elepants, U.S.Red deer climbing out of the water left side, NetherlandsWild dog, South-AfricaThomas leaf monkey with infant, South-Africa
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