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This was shot one late afternoon in Kenya. There had not been any rain for many months in a row, and the country suffered from severe drought - the people, and the wildlife too. I could literally see animals die from starvation wherever I looked - not a pleasant sight.

Because of the drought, the frequent storms in this region quickly turned into giant sand storms that you could see approaching for miles. For most people that would be more than enough reason to hide inside, but for a wildlife photographer it is not.

When another sand storm was about to hit us full force, I decided to take advantage of the fact that most animals don't like to be on the move when there is a lot of wind coupled with very low visibility - their senses are messed up and that makes them an easy target for predators.

The animals you see in this photograph are called eland, a notoriously shy antelope - the biggest and heaviest in Africa. Most of the time when you try to get close to eland, all you get are butt shots - they like to run away from you. In this case however, I knew I would have better chances to get a good shot of them, waiting for the storm to lie down. I kept my eye on this one herd while waiting for the storm to hit us. When it did, I slowly moved in to get a better view.

The dust and the low sunlight turned everything into the same, warm color, while at the same time greatly reducing the contrast - a scene full of atmosphere.

What I like about this particular shot is that the whole herd is huddled together, except for one male that seems to be keeping an eye out for the rest of the herd.

For wildlife photographers, bad weather is often good weather, and that sure was the case here.

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