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Patience for the perfect shot

Patience for the perfect shot

Pygmy goose, Nettapus uritus
Pygmy goose, Nettapus uritus
TOM VARLEY

Although the pygmy goose, Nettapus uritus, has a very large range and is found widely in subtropical Africa, sightings of them are not over common.  They are a group of very small perching ducks. They are found in wetlands with emergent and floating vegetation such as floodplains, pans, pools, quieter river backwaters as well as estuaries, easily hidden by overhanging foliage and large clumps of vegetation.

They are sought after by wildlife photographers for their striking, colourful, distinct markings.

Well-known wildlife photographer, Tom Varley has this species on his wish-list of water bird to photograph  when in the Okavango Delta and comments "There is no shortage of them, they are just shy birds. When you approach them they fly away before you can get close enough to get a good shot. You will however find them in exactly the same place every day so with a little patience and luck they will stay still long enough for that perfect shot."

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 12, March 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Okavango