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Bruce Arnott

Field Guide

Bruce grew up on a plot of farmland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after ...

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on The Week in Pictures #324

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pics Bruce. It is lovely to see a variety of different images. Love the elephant and Tambotie’s cub.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you very much Marinda, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Incredible photos, Bruce! I especially enjoyed the close ups of the eyes! And the water buck portrait is fantastic! If you ever want to donate that 400mm to a worthy cause, sign me ‘worthy cause’! 😂

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Haha I will keep you in mind when I’m done with this lens Darlene! Thank you kindly for your comment!

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Smashing photos, especially the new leopard, the bull elephant and the ostrich. The ostriches have not featured recently, how are they doing?

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thanks Ian, I am happy that you enjoyed those photographs! The ostriches are not seen each week as they have a very large home range and are quite difficult to find; however, a family of nine were seen in southern central Londolozi two days ago!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That elephant potrait and the dikkop chick were just incredible!!! Nice work on finding that python and the new male leopard (do you think he could challenge the Inyanthini or Flat Rock Males?).

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Callum, thank you so much for the feedback! It is hard to say, however the Inyathini male would be his biggest competition if this new male does attempt to establish territory in southern Londolozi where we found him. The Flat Rock male has established a territory further north, around the sand river. The Inyathini male is very large and well established; this new male I saw is still relatively young and smaller, so he would probably think twice about challenging Inyathini at the moment!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Pleasure!! Thanks for the info too, it’s unlikely then that he’d attempt to challenge the Inyathini male then (and the Anderson male too). And from what I’ve read about the Flat Rock Male, he’d be serious competition too if this new male was forced out of the southern areas. This new guy might be a bit out of his depth. He could either become a new player in the leopard dynamics in Londolozi or simply move on.

Ginger Brucker
Explorer

Always Love the Week in Pictures. It is a reminder of all the incredible activity and life that goes on each day-so different (and better) than coming to the office everyday. Any week with a cute lion cub, ostriches and even a snake is a good one!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Ginger – as you have said, it is a privilege to work out here in the bush!

Michael Kalm
Explorer

Wow! The lion cub – HOW adorable. The python with that narrow depth of field, and the young leopard with the blue eye – Fantastic!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Michael for mentioning which of the photographs you enjoyed the most; it’s always good for us to get that feedback! Glad you enjoyed them!

Ezequiel Almada
Explorer

Nice pictures, as always.

The scar below the eye of the Birmingham male #4, or Mfumo as he was named, was most likely a little gift from one of his brothers than from a female. He used to be the lowest in hierarchy after the 5th male died( I would argue he still is the lowest ranked male), and usually got slapped around by the male #3, who he spent most of the time.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Bruce, We enjoyed your post and especially loved seeing the tiny Lion cub! Great work with the 400!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you for the comment Michael and Terry, I am glad that you enjoyed the photos! It was a special moment having that cub inquisitively approach us – you both would have loved it!

Nicki Ryan
Explorer

Really interesting to see the different images you get with a fixed 400mm. I really like the detail you have captured in the close up images. I have a fixed 300mm which I typically use for bird photography but will try out some of the close up shots you have succeeded in getting next time I am staying. Thank you for sharing such incredible shots!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Nicki! A fixed 300mm is a great lens, and does provide more scope for the type of photography we do than a longer lens. However, each lens – including the 400mm and 600mm – has its niche! One bit of advice, and what many people do not realize, is that a longer lens does not necessarily mean better photographs. Thanks for your comment, good luck with the photography!

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the fixed lens. Very helpful as I continue to learn using the 300mm. Great pictures too!

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thanks for the comment Al, glad you enjoyed the feedback on the lens. I know that you use the 300mm and I think that lens is one of the best for wildlife photography!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

One of the best Week in Review posts.

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you Jeff, that is incredible feedback! I am glad that you enjoyed it.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Bruce your pictures are amazing! My special love is AR Python & you have captured it beautifully. The soulful look on the Waterbuck is stunning as are all the others, thank you 🙂

Bruce Arnott
Field Guide

Thank you very much Wendy!

Mj Bradley
Explorer

Wonderful photos.. Love those Birminghams and of course the others are amazing in their own right! Thank you for sharing.

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