It has been mentioned a few time in the last posts done by James Tyrrell but I am going to say it again…summer is here and it is wonderful! One of the many great happenings of summer is after the rain the flying ants come out in full force and with this comes some very different photographic opportunities. David Dampier did a post last year on the insects that come out in abundance after the rains and the birds that partake in feeding on them. What I realised a week ago at the entrance to the Private Granite suites was that it is not only the birds that benefit from the new life of the insects but the Vervet monkeys too. If you speak to any camp manger at Londolozi they will tell you that the biggest pest on the decks of Londolozi during meal times are the vervets! So I am not sure I will be very popular at my next morning meeting when I say that these little ones provided me with hours of entertainment when I was photographing them a week ago. The pure exuberance that they exude when they set their eyes on the target and the entire process of the ‘hunt’ is absolutely wonderful and I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I loved taking them!
Written and Photographed by Kate Neill