This week I introduce my first but definitely not last photographic journal. I have recently been using the new Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens and I have been having an incredible time with it. It has been a lot of fun being able to zoom right up, as you would have seen a lot of in this blog, and the detail that the lens is able to capture is impressive. I have been enjoying filling the frame with half faces as I feel it adds a personal feeling to the subject or animal’s face and draws your attention to certain features that sometimes go unnoticed.

I have tried to go for a variety of pictures in this blog and have saved my personal favourites (the leopards) for last. 

I am reviewing another Sigma lens that will be featured on the blog soon, stay tuned for more…


A close-up of the dark-maned Matimba male. ISO 640, F6.3, 1/800.


A young Mhangeni male has a drink after finishing off a buffalo with the rest of the pride. ISO 800, F6.3, 1\800


ISO 800, F6.3, 1/1000


A high key shot of a portion of the Mhangeni pride. ISO 1000, F4, 1/800


Welcome back to the European bee-eaters. ISO 500, F6.3, 1/2500


A blacksmith lapwing guarding her eggs. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/1600


Despite shallow water meaning less of a threat from crocodiles, most herbivores will always be nervous when putting their head down to drink.  ISO 640, F6.3, 1/1000


Vultures tormenting hyenas is always entertaining to watch. ISO 1000, F5.6, 1/1000


A thirsty elephant will drink up to 50 gallons of water a day. This is the equivalent of a water that a standard bathtub holds. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/500


The Ravenscourt male lying on a termite mound with an overcast background, edited in high key. ISO 1000, F5, 1/2500


The Tutlwa female seen with a prominent scratch below her right eye. ISO 800, F6.3, 1/320


A series of shots taken of the beautiful Tamboti female. ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/640


Staring almost right through the camera -the many expressions of the Tamboti Female. ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/500


ISO 800, F6.3, 1/500

Written and Photographed by Nick Kleer, Londolozi Ranger. 

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Nick Kleer

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Nick joined the Londolozi team from Thornybush Game Reserve, and immediately began revealing his photographic potential, especially in the passion with which he pursued knowledge. An almost fanatical approach to improving his photography has seen him gain a rapid understanding of all the ...

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Marinda Drake

Stunning images Nick. Love the close up shots.

Steve Morgan

Very nice with a fresh look. Photographer and camera are an excellent combination.

Jeff Rodgers

Were you hand-holding the lens? Bean bag? Monopod or tripod? All are great images.

Michael & Terri Klauber

Fantastic images Nick!

Kim Beasley


Ian Hall

Wow, very, very good, even by the standards of the amazing photography from these blogs.


WOW! All of the photos are wonderful, the cats are fabulous but the Tamboti female photos are over the top winners! Thank you for sharing!

Jill Grady

Beautiful pictures Nick! I always love seeing the Tamboti female and these are really great close-ups of her, as well as the one of the Matimba male. I’m looking forward to seeing more from your photographic journals.

Daryl-Ann Gowar

Wonderful photos, look forward to seeing more from you, Nick.

Jerry Feinstein

It would be very informative if you would publish the focal length information for the shots.



Leydi Penate

stunning images:….LOVE IT

Bob Stephens

Great pictures and really enjoyed pics of my favorite, the Tamboti female. Looking foward to more of your blogs.

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