Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) drinking at waterhole, South Luangwa NP, Zambia. This photograph was made in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia on a soaring hot afternoon late in the dry season. We were in a hide located on an outcrop directly above an active waterhole. The hide at this waterhole is a fantastic opportunity to watch and photograph the animals coming in to drink. The orientation of the hide is actually best for photographing during morning hours as the light then comes from behind you; in the afternoon the light is right in front, which is ideal for making backlit photos. That day in late September, it had been 42degrees Celsius in the shade already for some days on end, and the nearby river was completely dry. The waterhole at Mwamba was turning into a muddy pool, and by then it was one of the last spots where the wildlife could turn to for drinking.
155mm · f/8 · 1/400 · ISO 1000