Announcing: Notes from Africa videos

This post is part of  Kalahari  Series II – 2011.

While I’m not going be giving any National Geographic documentary photographer competition, I think you might find some of the little Kalahari videos I made interesting. One is just able to show things which one can’t explain with a still photograph.

This first video is of a Blue Wildebeest herd coming in to drink at the Polentswa waterhole, north of Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Although they initially file in quite calmly (often in single file), as soon as they get close to the waterhole, they begin to “misbehave” – just like a bunch of restless school boys. You’ll see them pushing against each other, and even standing in the water which everyone else is supposed to drink out of.

Turn up the sound on this one to hear the sounds of the Kalahari bush and the Wildebeest.


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18 Comments on “Announcing: Notes from Africa videos”

  1. September 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Wow, Lisa, I love that you’ve done this. How fun to see the event unfold. The wildebeest made me laugh as they began to get excited–presumably happy to know their thirst would soon be relieved. Thanks so much for sharing this. Hope you’ll do more!

    • September 11, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Glad you liked the video, Kathy! Yes, we took several more that I’ll still be sharing with you.

  2. September 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Great video — it almost looks like they’re dancing.

    • September 11, 2011 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks! It does look like they’re dancing, doesn’t it? Wildebeest usually just stand around not doing much, so it’s interesting to see them being so lively.

  3. September 11, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    They really are strange looking critters and they do look as though they are dancing. Perhaps you could set it to music.

    • September 11, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      Wonder what kind of music would fit though?

      • Lu
        September 12, 2011 at 10:25 am #

        I reckon some fabulous Paso doble tunes would work!!

      • September 12, 2011 at 11:58 am #

        You’re right – it would have to be something Spanish with lots of stomping!

      • September 15, 2011 at 9:40 am #

        Oooh, I like that. Wildebeest dancing the paso doble – totally suitable!

        What an excellent idea to include video clips on your blog – and I rather like the sounds in the background, particularly the strange deep snorting sound the wildebeest make.

        You really captured them as unusual characters, rather boisterous and playful.

      • September 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

        Well, most of the time the Wildebeest just stand around. You really have to get them at a waterhole to see them more lively.

        I really love the bush sounds. People who have never been think it’s quiet – when actually it can be quite noisy at times.

  4. Estie
    September 11, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Great video.

  5. September 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Super video Lisa – it makes such a difference to hear the sounds and see the movements. I look forward to seeing more videos from you. We have wildebeest on our reserve and they come in quite close to the cottages some nights. When I take Cleo out late they snort very loudly at us – sometimes making me hop out of my skin because you just don’t see them in the dark. I sometimes snort back 🙂

    • September 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks Jackie! I also love the bushveld sounds. In the Kalahari there are (at least in the warmer months) lots of those barking geckos so things are never completely quiet. I find Wildebeest quite fascinating to watch.

  6. jacquelincangro
    September 12, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Wow! I really enjoyed your video. Your still photos are always lovely but it’s really wonderful to see the movement of the herd. They have quite spindly little legs for their bodies, don’t they?

    • September 12, 2011 at 7:53 am #

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the video. Yes, it’s amazing to see big herds come by – each of the buck species behave differently. The Wildebeest always remind me of mini-bison. They’re of course a lot smaller than bison, but it’s fascinating that too similar types of animals developed on separate continents.

  7. Lu
    September 12, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Great video clip! You are absolutely right in that it shows how the animals behave in ways that a still photo could never get across. I’m holding thumbs that you have some leopards on film too 🙂

    • September 12, 2011 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks! I think there is a leopard video from our previous trip, but there’s a problem with the sound. I talk in the middle of it!!! I wasn’t aware that Willie was making a video.

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