Here is the path where i found them crossing over , while observing them carrying their victims back from the woods , crossing the path to go back to their nest site.
i had to get very close with canon mpe 65 macro lens, approx 2 inch focal distance and i found them crawling onto my left hand which was bracing the lens on the ground, and biting me for no apparent reason!!! lol
This one is dragging a chafer beetle
Crop from above shot
Think this was a species of rove beetle being dragged
They started to get a bit angry! so i decided to try shooting higher mag shots of them at another nest site which i found on the third lower terrace below the car park. a much larger colony with a "run" along one of the paths at least 30 m in length. and even found them assending a large tree hunting for food! i hoped to find a place to get a better shooting angle on cleaner ground!
The ants are in the trees at the far end in this shot.
Having to lie on the ground to get these shots, i did sufffer many bites, but well worth it to get shots this good! but not sure if i will do it again! lol
And here is one attending to a fallen comrade!
this is the diffuser used in these shots,with an add on twin layer " tent " style diffuser that clips onto lens which appears to work extremly well, but can get in the way sometimes shooting close to the ground with plants and bigger rocks knocking it!
ALL SHOT WITH CANON 5D2 AND MPE-65 MACRO LENS, 430EX FLASH GUN