This has nothing to do with numbers, unless it’s the sheer number of incredible photographs that Londolozi’s head-of-finance takes.
A couple of years ago David Dampier landed his dream job, pursuing his chosen career in finance while still indulging his passion for the bush. Living on site at the lodge allows David to get out into the field most afternoons to hone his photography skills, while most of his contemporaries living in the city are honing their short game on the golf course.

Dave has contributed to the blog before, but we thought it was time he properly stepped up, and we managed to inveigle him into committing to a monthly series of pictures.

We therefore present the first part of an ongoing series, From Behind the Finance Desk:

Coqui

A male coqui francolin. These birds are heard far more than they are seen, and Dave’s ground-level shot makes for a far better picture than an elevated one from the vehicle. f6.3, ISO250, 1/500s

Crested

The female of the same species. Most of the time when these birds are encountered they are seen in a pair. f6.3, ISO250, 1/500s

Bateleur

A pair of bateleur eagles. They can be sexed when perched, as the female (on the right) has an extra grey patch on the lower part of her wing. f5.6, ISO 500, 1/1000s

Piva_Xidulu

The Piva male has been mating with the Xidulu female recently. We don’t see her often on Londolozi, as most of her territory lies east of our boundary, but reports indicate she has recently raised a litter to independence, so is looking to reproduce again. f7.1, ISO 1000 1/3200s

Piva_Xidulu2

The same pair of leopards. One can clearly see the difference between the head of the much larger male (at rear) and the smaller female in the foreground of the frame. f6.3, ISO 2000, 1/800s

Pied

The ubiquitous pied kingfisher, pictured here with a catch in its beak. These birds will often fly back to a perch after catching a fish in order to batter it to death on a branch before attempting to swallow it whole. f7.1, ISO 800, 1/3200s

Hyena_Dogs

A curious hyena investigates a sleeping pack of wild dogs. Heavily outnumbered, the hyena would have probably been forced to beat a hasty retreat had it come any closer. f7.1, ISO 800, 1/800s

DRBYF3

The Dudley Riverbank young female has been seen mating with the Inyathini male on a number of occasions, and our hope is that she will reproduce soon. If she does, it will be her first litter. f5.6, IS0 2500, 1/800s

DRBYF2

A glint in her eye brings this photo to life as she rolls in the grass. f5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s

DRBYF4

This leopard can be easily identified by the four spots on her right cheek; a line of three with a single spot above. f5.6, ISO 2000, 1/640s

DRBYF

A stunning capture as the leopard stalks towards a nursery herd of impalas. f5.6, ISO 4500, 1/500s

River

A neutral density filter decreased the brightness of the sky here, creating a more moody image and slowing down the shutter speed enough so that a motion blur could be captured on the water of the Sand River. f14, ISO 100, 8s

Fireside

Drinks under the stars at Finfoot Crossing. f2.8, ISO500, 13s

Fish_Eagle

A magnificent African fish eagle soaks up the last rays of the sun for the day. f4, ISO 160, 1/1600s

Photographed by David Dampier, Londolozi Head of Finance

About the Author

David Dampier

Financial Manager

David left the bright lights of Johannesburg and a promising career as a chartered accountant to join the Londolozi Ranging team in 2009. After three years spent as a guide, during which he built up a formidable reputation as one of Londolozi's top ...

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14 Comments

on Photographic Journal: From Behind the Finance Desk #1

Marinda Drake
Guest

Stunning images

David Fedonczak
Guest

Some great shots!! . I can’t wait to come back for a visit. What camera was used for these photos?

James Tyrrell

Hi David,
They were shot for the most part with a Nikon D4s.

Regards

Wendy Hawkins
Guest

Thank you David, your photography is far too to good to be hidden, so I am glad that we are going to see more & make it soon please! 🙂 The Sand River looks like there is a lot more water, is that for real or the motion blur? Have a great week, behind the all important figures 🙂

Jill Grady
Guest

These are absolutely stunning images David! I especially love the close-up of the Dudley Riverbank Young Female stalking the impalas — what a beauty she is, and also the image of the Sand River. The shot of the Hyena is great as well and I’m surprised even a Hyena would come in that close to a pack of Wild Dogs. Thanks James for another great blog and for sharing David’s wonderful photographs with us!

Sue Prince
Guest

Fabulous Doyle….

Rich
Guest

Incredible set of images David, the female leopard stalking is unbelievably good!

Ian MacLarty
Guest

Hi David,
You “stole” my dream profession and I see that you have an inbuilt pension scheme to – selling wildlife prints Great stuff.

Ian Hall
Guest

The photo of the Leopard stalking the Impalas is one of the best Leopard photos I have ever seen.
I wish I had taken it

Lizeka Masilela
Guest

Great photos.

James Crookes
Guest

Doyle, that portrait of the stalking leopardess must be one of your best! Nicely done.

Brian C
Guest

Close-up of DRB young female is just great! Love to see this seldom seen young leopardess (so many up and coming young females, hope they all get a chance to stay permanently)

Sam Senders
Guest

“Glint in her eye” is especially beautiful. Captivating. Thanks for sharing.

Dennis Millard
Guest

And who said that bean counters didn’t have flair and creativity. Wonderful shots!

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