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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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A glint in her eye brings this photo to life as she rolls in the grass. f5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s
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
A stunning capture as the leopard stalks towards a nursery herd of impalas. f5.6, ISO 4500, 1/500s
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
Drinks under the stars at Finfoot Crossing. f2.8, ISO500, 13s
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
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 ...