moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD

Friday, 23 August 2013 07:16

Nikon focus settings for birds in flight

One of the questions that comes up quite frequently on my photography workshops is which combinatiion of auto focus settings are best for photographing birds in flight. I use Nikon cameras and the following is my personal preference for auto focus settings for this type of photography. 1) Continous focus switch: Set to C 

       2) Autofocus switch: Set to dynamic

Finally you need to go into your MENU and head to AUTOFOCUS where there are two more settings that need to be made. 1) AF-C priority selection - set to 'Release + focus 2) Dynamic AF area - set to 21 points And that's it ... to freeze the action you'll need quite a fast shutter speed but the above settings will give you the best chance of getting the camera to lock onto your target. Happy photography ! To see more photos of the amazing Shoebill taken on my Uganda wildlife holidays click here. Shoebills are just one of over 40 species included in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table style paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. It's illustrated with beautiful photography and has been getting some lovely reviews ... which is a bit of a relief really after the labour of love to produce it ! Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £10.23 with free delivery in UK (Now 47 five star reviews) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet ! Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.

 

 

Friday, 28 June 2013 10:57

Sumatran Rhino

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos now left, this species is truly on the edge of extinction. Click here for my recent article for Wildtravel magazine on the hopes and fears for these animals.

Saturday, 18 May 2013 10:24

Dolphin photos

So here's the question ... I have to pick 1 of my dolphin photos below for a feature and I can't decide between them so I thought I'd leave it to you ... lazy I know but also very democratic. So top or bottom ? @IanWoodphotos

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:25

Why I love Uganda

With 19 primate species including mountain gorillas & chimpanzees and 1008 bird species Uganda is a wildlife haven. For more photos from my recent Uganda mountain gorilla holiday please click here ... or scroll down below for 5 landscape photos from this lush green land.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:52

Primates of Uganda

A tiny selection of the 19 primate species found in Uganda.

Mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and red Colobus monkeys are all featured in my new book along with over 40 other species. Illustrated with beautiful photography, the concept is a 'coffee table' style paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £13.59 with free delivery in UK (Now 45 five star reviews ) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet. Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through including all of the chimpanzee section click here

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:59

Vervet monkeys

A few photos from Uganda to celebrate Vervet monkeys which are often overlooked with so many other primates such as mountain gorillas and chimpanzees on offer. Vervet monkeys have a matriarchal society where the females reign supreme ... I can't help feeling that the world would be a better place if we adopted a similar policy ?

Vervet monkeys aren't featured in my new book ... but mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and over 40 other species are ! Illustrated with beautiful photography, it's been getting some lovely reviews which is a a relief really after the labour of love to produce it ! Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £13.59 with free delivery in UK (Now 45 five star reviews ) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet. Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.

Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:54

Motherly love

A few photos of African Blue fly-catchers doing what they do best  ! ... more recent bird photos are here.

Saturday, 02 February 2013 14:08

Chimpanzee testicles

Chimpanzees and their unfeasonably large gonads ... an extract from my new book. (To read all of the chimpanzee section including info on the best places to track chimpanzees in the wild click here.)

One of the unexpected things you can’t fail to notice when tracking chimpanzees is the size of their unfeasonably large testicles. Despite being the largest primate, gorilla bits weigh in at about 28 grammes per pair, with humans averaging over 40 grammes. Contrast these figures with the whopping 110 grammes for chimpanzees and you’ll see why we’ve long puzzled over this mystery. And it all comes down to insecurities. As a general rule, the more promiscuous the females are within a species, the larger the testicles of the males. So male gorillas get away with it as they live in closed societies where they keep an eye on their woman. But female chimps mate with several partners and, faced with stiff competition, the males produce more sperm and hence boast larger testes.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:57

Ugandan birds

Uganda is rightly famous for its primates - close encounters with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are all but guaranteed in several parts of this fertile land. But there's so much more to Uganda. In terms of wildlife it's home to 17 other primate species along with larger mammals such as elephant, lion, leopard and hippos. A staggering 1008 different species of bird have also been recorded in an area not much bigger than the size of Britain. Add in the friendly welcoming people and the beautiful landscapes and you'll see why it's one of my favourite countries in the world. (For more info on my future Uganda mountain gorilla holidays click here.) Below is a random selection of bird photos from the last month ... just a tiny glimpse of  the hundreds of species we saw. In order of appearance they are : Grey-headed Kingfisher; Fox's Weaver (2 photos bathing); Cinnamon chested Bee-eater; Rwenzori double collared Sunbird; Malachite Kingfisher; African blue Fly-catcher; Vieilot's black Weaver and the elusive Shoebill (Click here for more photos and info about the Shoebill)

If you'd like to see a few photos of our recent mountain gorilla encounter please click here.

Sunday, 20 January 2013 06:07

Mountain gorilla numbers rise by 10%

I'm currently in Uganda having just completed one of my mountain gorilla holidays which was wildlife tastic and has revealed some extremely positive news for conservation of these iconic animals. Such is the success of efforts to protect mountain gorillas, that their numbers have risen by about 10% since 2010 with the current data revealing 880 individuals. If we compare this figure with the census from 1989 the figures are even more impressive as there were just 620 gorillas back then. Permits to see mountain gorillas are expensive but the monies raised really are making a difference in protecting and conserving the habitat of these peaceful vegetarians. Long may it last. Scroll down to see a few random pics from our encounter last week.

Mountain gorillas are one of over 40 species included in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table style paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. It's illustrated with beautiful photography and has been getting some lovely reviews ... Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £13.59 with free delivery in UK (Now 42 five star reviews ) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet. Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.