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  1. @Dave Williams I have an old Canon bridge camera which I bought some years ago for Safari purposes. I moved to DSLR because my brother was upgrading his Nikon and so I bought his original D5100 body and 18-140 lens off him, more as a favour than a need and he'd been on at me to make the move. I think he thought I was wasting photographic opportunities on Safari! We then bought a D5300 and 70-300mm for my other half, but I still use the 18-140 D5100 set up (although we do swap them about). Of course the lens is not a serious one for Safari but I really like the results I get from it as it's versatile enough to go from a landscape to an animal portrait and Mr R has the 300m for a little more reach. Lugging several lens and bodies on a walking Safari isn't my idea of fun. Like many Bridge owners I didn't buy it (actually I didn't buy it at all I used Tesco points) for its versatility. It was more about the zoom and video capacity of the Canon. I never used it in anything other than auto. What I did like about it and still do is the quality and ease of use for video. It never really occurred to me to use the shutter, aperture and ISO setting. I find the 5100 clunky switching between photo and video as the VR messes video up without abut of fiddling. That's not really what I want to be doing as a pack of wild dogs sale past in hot pursuit of lunch. So I suppose I am an accidental DSLR user now. I do prefer the photos but Photography isn't the be all and end all of a Safari for me. So the advice from @Jochen suits my needs/level of ability/interest.
  2. @Jochen I'm one of the bridge owning, DSLR novices with entry level Nikons and consumer lens that your advice is aimed at and I love it. We went out yesterday to a place called Dunham Massey which is as close to a walking safari as I can get in my neck of the woods :-) Using your advice we photographed deer, swans, some ducks and the odd resting dragon fly with our D5100/D5300 and our 18-140 and 70-300 lenses. When I get my new SD card connector for my new iPad I'll post the results. I found the technique very easy and as you say you get a feeling for how much you have zoomed in without looking after a while. Thanks again for posting the technique.
  3. @Jochen You have just revolutionised my use of my Nikon. Thank you, you have no idea how helpful this is.
  4. @Kitsafari I found this review site very helpful when I was looking at Bridge cameras some years ago. http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/
  5. I moved from a Canon SX bridge to a Nikon DSLR in 2014. I ended up with the Nikon primarily because my brother was upgrading his and I bought the old body off him. I do think the Nikon takes great photos (we have a D5100 and D5300 between two of us). Despite my brothers best efforts to get me up to speed with the basics I'm not really that interested/able to retain the info. He ended up showing me how to shoot in manual using the light meter only and not worrying about anything else. He said "if you don't like the images, flick it to auto". Shameful I know and although I do prefer the DSLR as the digital zoom on the Canon wasn't as good. I do find shooting in manual using the meter very easy and the DSLR was a must trying to catch the northern lights. I don't like the video output anywhere near as much as the Canon and find it tricky to start fiddling with the controls trying to switch to video - especially lying face down in the dust in front of a pack of wild dogs! So much so that for our forthcoming trip I'll be dusting off the old Canon to shoot video as well. In short stick with a bridge 🙂
  6. @TonyQHere is the link to Freshfields Squirrel reserve. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/trails/formby-red-squirrel-walk I didn't realise it celebrates its 50th year in 2017, as do I. One of my earliest memories is as a 3 year old stood crying in the pine forest because the squirrels wouldn't feed from my hand like they would from my 9 year old brother. Of course I eventually grew old enough to stand still and this is probably one of the places responsible for a life lifelong love of wildlife. I wouldn't go these days at the weekend or over the School holidays but it's still a magical place on quieter days.
  7. @COSMIC RHINO interesting paper, thanks for posting.
  8. @Soukous Lovely report and beautiful images. I think puffling is my new favourite word.
  9. @Dave Williams It would be fantastic if Puffin Island returned to its former glory and thanks, I didn't know there were red squirrels on Angelsey. Are they around Newborough which is a bit like Formby with its pine forest and sand dunes.
  10. @TonyQbeautiful photos. From Plockton up to Applecross is one of my favourite stretches of landscape in the world and the seafood ain't bad too. Puffins and red Squirrels remind me of my childhood; when there were still Puffins on Puffin Island off Angelsey and Formby was full of red squirrels (which thankfully it still is). I always hope we'll see an Osprey when we visit Porthmadog as there is a breeding pair there. Never been lucky though and so Ican imagine what a treat it was to spot one.
  11. My personal favourite is Rid which is an Australian Product I think. It's deet based which is not for everyone, but if you don't mind that then they do a 50ml roll-on which is fairly compact and well within TSA guidelines. I've used it for my past two trips and will do so again this year.
  12. We had a really excellent stay at Lake Manze Camp in Selous and it's only a short couple of flights from Zanzibar. We went to the island after our 5 nights in Selous. Whilst at Lake Manze it was apparent Adventure camps/Coastal air did a nice little short and sweet deal from Zanzibar and we saw a few people come and go who had booked a 24 hr deal at the camp. It's a very nice place, just enough rustic but with all the amenities. If budget is a concern then I imagine Selous would be a good option as it is not far, doesn't have a lot of people and the feeling is much wilder I would say then the northern circuit. The boat Safari from Manze was excellent when we went (also sept). Haven't been to Zambia, but a colleague who was on a budget stayed at Jackalberry camp in South Luangwa and had an e excellent time. They also travelled in Sept 2016 and as it turned out there was no one else in camp, so they had an amazing time. If I recall correctly I think there are only a handful of tents 3/4 maybe.
  13. I always imagine it's somewhere in between all the answers above. I've been sat in a vehicle and had lions all around completely ignore us, even in the dark and lets face it they could see us better than we could see them in the pitch dark. I've been sat in vehicle and had a lioness fix her gaze on one of our party and not break it. It unnerved my friend to the point she shuffled over slowly to the other side of the vehicle. The Lioness didn't break her gaze until we drove off. She didn't do anything and we just said to my friend to maybe not wear the impala coloured top she had on again 😉 Whilst in Botswana we had a leopard climb out of a tree and stretch out for a snooze close to the vehicle and when MrId reached very slowly into his camera bag at his feet the leopard fixed his gaze on him and snarled quietly. So I do think they follow even the smallest movements and can tell it's not just a big rock. I still wouldn't worry though, we've tracked lions on foot in Zim and obviously you don't get anywhere near as close on foot as you do in a vehicle but on the whole big cats will avoid humans and any getting too close they will move then away. On the same trip we startled a cheetah in a thicket and it sprang out and ran past us as we had just left the vehicle. Of course all of this is with a good guide and they are there to keep you and the wildlife safe and happy. So try not to worry beforehand once you get there the sheer wonder will take over and fear will be like no gone. Of course as the book says Don't run whatever you do, only food runs 😁
  14. Looks reall nice on an ipad

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