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Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 350mm, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 800

The early spring lambing season has always been one of my favourite times of year in the bush. To actually be there to experience the birth of a baby impala has got to be one of the most intensely fascinating experiences I’ve ever had.

The signs of imminent birth were hard to miss when we came across this very pregnant impala (Aepyceros melampus) ewe. Realizing we were about to witness the wonder of birth in the bush, we tried to find a shady spot from which to observe the proceedings, but to no avail. 2 hours of roasting in the blazing sun at 40C wasn’t the most comfortable experience, but the discomfort paled against the magic of watching a new life coming into the world.

South Luangwa national park, Zambia

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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  • Karine Radcliffe
    Karine Radcliffealmost 2 years ago

    What an absolute awesome experience…..great capture Dan!!!

  • Thanks so much Karine! Not an experience I’ll forget in a hurry=)

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Sharon Woerner
    Sharon Woerneralmost 2 years ago

    What a blessing to witness Dan ~ Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Thanks very much for the comment Sharon!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 2 years ago

    Wow! Awesome experience Dan!

  • Thanks very much Maree. I don’t expect this experience to be repeated any time soon:)

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

    Amazing,Dan :)

  • Thanks very much Tony! It was totally amazing and not soon to be forgotten.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 2 years ago

    2013/03/24 1 × 24hrs
    Brilliant capture !!

  • Thanks very much Maggie!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    March 24, 2013

    Wonderful work!!

  • Thank you so much Teresa!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallalmost 2 years ago

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 1 year ago

    leaves you with a swelled heart and tears in your eyes … the miracle of new life seems to be just that … a miracle that humbles every other thing going .. including 40C temps!

  • Thanks for dropping by Carol! It was an amazing experience personally, but seeing how it affected the clients traveling with us was so totally cool – the tears were definitely there.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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