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Drakensberg Rockjumper | Richard Flack

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Drakensberg Rockjumper at Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Naude's Nek, Eastern Cape | Richard Flack
Drakensberg Rockjumper | Richard Flack

A female Drakensberg Rockjumper jumps from one rock to the next at the top of one of South Africa’s most beautiful alpine passes.

While visiting Tenahead Mountain Lodge at the top of Naude’s Nek in the Eastern Cape, I was lucky to capture these special birds demonstrating their unique “rock jumping” behaviour. If you have ever had the chance to observe them, it is not hard to understand where they get their name from, as the birds have a curious way of propelling themselves from one boulder to the next. It looks as if they are gliding over the surface as they drive themselves forward, with a combination of claw and wing action

Camera: Canon 5D mkiv & 400mm f2.8 lens Camera settings: ISO 800 | f5 | 1/4000s | Exp -0.3 | Spot Metering

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