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Jill Larone
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What a fantastic birthday gift Ian — happy birthday! You captured some beautiful images with your new lens! It’s always nice seeing the Tamboti female…she’s such a beauty and a great shot also of the Piva male. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

Margarita Doychinova
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Thank you for the beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joan
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Wonderful exciting pictures. Awesome surprise!

Lydia Watson
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Thanks for sharing these incredible photos – they really made me smile with joy at the end of a long day in the office.

Rick Lusk
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Thanks for sharing your pictures and commentary Ian. Brings back great memories. 🙂

Ian Wilson
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Hi Rick, great memories indeed. Hope you and Kari are well.

David
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Ian, great pictures and the best birthday present ever! Tell me more about the lens you wanted, but didn’t get, the Cannon 200-400 F4L 1.4x. Why you thought this would be the best lens for safari?

Ian Wilson
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Hi David,
To be honest, a 70-200 2.8 is probably the perfect Safari lens. I had been lucky enough to Safari a few times in the last few years and wanted to try something with a little more reach. Having now shot with the 500 f4 used here and the 200-400 F4 1.4x I’d be hard pushed to chooses a favourite. The 200-400 is a great lens, and I never tired of being able to flick a switch to go to 560, but the size and weight of this zoom does compromise handling in a safari jeep. It’s too heavy to hand hold for any amount of time, so I used a bag support which then gets in the way of the zoom operation. There are no such worries when using a big prime on a bag support. Having said that, I’m going on safari in August and will be taking the 200-400 1.4x again!

Judy Guffey
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Any day at Londolozi is magical but a birthday celebration is over the top.

Jenny
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What amazing photos and thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Sherry
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A beautiful blog! Wondering who is the lone sub male lion who attempted to join Tsalsla ?

Wendy Hawkins
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Thank you Ian for these stunning pictures! I’m sure this is a birthday that you will never forget! The Malachite Kingfisher & Piva Male are just so beautiful, as are they all

Gillian Evans
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Ian – wonderful and atmospheric photos.. your leopard shots are amazing and I love the malachite kingfisher too! You had a great team with Sean and Robbie – as we did in March this year. My next birthday at Londolozi is booked – what a wonderful place it is to celebrate a birthday!

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