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The season’s change continues to slowly transform the African bush as the days lengthen, the temperature rises and the flowers begin to bloom. I have spent my time enjoying the last throws of dust filled air, golden-dry grass and starry nights. I have been fortunate enough to have viewed some incredible displays of behaviour from the youngsters of the bush in the last few weeks. Elephant and rhino calves have provided hours of enjoyment as they seem to be loving the warmer weather, while hyena and leopard cubs continue to win over the hearts of countless guests.
I have compiled this selection from the last 3 weeks of my work cycle, I hope you enjoy!
The female ostrich raises her wings and is illuminated by a backlit sun. Ostriches do this for two reasons: one is as a courtship display and the other is to provide a cool breeze to the underside of the wings and top of the legs. 1/1000 at 5,6; ISO 1250
The first few flowers of a Tall White Squill (Drimia altissima) pop out of the dry, barren earth. This incredible plant will continue to grow up to about 1m tall! 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 800
A young elephant calf clumsily plays with its trunk… 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 400
…it takes a few years to master this intricate collection of muscles. 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 400
A calf takes a moment of rest from play to suckle from its mother. 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 400
A tender interaction between a mother and calf. 1/2500 at 5,6; ISO 1600
A terrapin chooses a risky spot to sunbathe on a hot afternoon. 1/500 at 5,6; ISO 400
Rest time! 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 1600
It was a scorcher of an afternoon and when we found tracks of a male leopard heading south towards the Tugwaan drainage line, we knew the best spots to check. The Inyathini male was resting against the cool wet soil and peered up at us as we viewed him from the southern bank. 1/200 at 5,0; ISO 800
As the temperature increases, we are starting to see more snake tracks across the road. As I drove out of the car park recently I heard a small squeaking sound to find this Olive Grass Snake, killing a frog. 1/250 at 5,6; ISO 400
One of the Mashaba female’s cubs peers curiously out from a large Weeping Boer-bean tree. 1/160 at 5,6; ISO 1600
The Mashaba female intently scans the area for potential danger. She was leading her two cubs to a bushbuck kill that she had stashed in a tree along the banks of the Sand River, and wanted to ensure that no rival predators had arrived on the scene. 1/500 at 5,6; ISO 1600
A Matshipiri male lion slowly closes his eyes as the mid-morning heat takes its soporific effect. 1/640 at 5,6; ISO 400
The female ostrich’s flexible neck results in an abstraction of feathers. 1/500 at 5,6; ISO 1250
Prehistoric-looking feet of the ostrich step closer and closer. 1/640 at 5,6; ISO 1250
A Red-billed oxpecker feasts on one of the largest ticks I have ever seen on a buffalo. 1/500 at 5,6; ISO 2500
A young rhino calf leaps against his mother’s back while she enjoys an afternoon siesta. 1/500 at 5,6; ISO 800
A crystal clear reflection of the Tatowa female as she quenches her thirst at Makhotini dam in the southern part of the reserve. 1/1250 at 5,6; ISO 500
Written and photographed by: Andrea Campbell, Londolozi Ranger
Andrea has an energy that is hard to match. It's difficult to find anything in the bush that she doesn't get excited about, whether it's the molluscs in the Sand River, setting up camera traps all over the show to try and capture ...