Every wildlife photographer visiting The Chobe is after that iconic shot of a fish eagle swooping towards the water, talons glinting in the sunlight, moments before snatching up an unsuspecting fish just below the surface.
It’s an incredibly difficult shot to get and this is why people return over and over again to get it. It will no doubt be very well received by your friends, especially on the various social media platforms we all enjoy.
We are fortunate in The Chobe that we have arguably the highest density of fish eagles anywhere in the world due to the huge numbers of fish in the river; especially barbel, bream and tiger fish.
It’s reported that Chobe fish eagles need only spend a few minutes a day hunting, allowing them to spend more time caring for their young and thus helping the population to grow exponentially.
Sadly, this behaviour and instinct to fish have been exploited by some photographers in search of that iconic shot.
An all too common occurrence recently has been people throwing dead fish into the water below the eagles’ nests and perches in the hope of creating the shot that we all crave. This is simply not acceptable.
As wildlife photographers we are privileged to be able to witness nature at its very best. We have amazing photographic gear, fantastic guides and ready access to some of the most beautiful environments in the world.
In return we believe it is our moral duty to have as little impact as possible when we are there. Altering an animal’s natural behaviour for the sake of a picture is the worst type of impact we can have.
At Pangolin Photo Safaris we have zero tolerance for any guests, clients, friends, family members or guides who “bait” an animal to get a shot. Our guides have been instructed to inform us of any requests to do so, and if they themselves are reported to be doing so, they will be instantly dismissed as this is a matter we take very seriously.
We train the guides to ensure that they get into the right positions with the right light to increase the chances of capturing a “natural predation”. It’s a really tricky shot to get… but isn’t that half the fun and the challenge of wildlife photography?
We are sure that the vast majority of our clients and fellow photographers will be in agreement with regards to our position on this matter and we are sure that you will concede that, in all instances, the welfare of our subject matter far outweighs the number of potential likes on a Facebook post, or a quick buck from a sensationalist news agency.