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This week we take a look at some of the prize photographs that our Finance and Creative directors have captured over the last few months. The bush is always incredible at anytime of the year and so it was wonderful for us to look back and reminisce on a few winter scenes. Stargazers know all too well that the bush is a magical place to view the impressive celestial bodies of the night sky and the photographs below showcase some of the winter and summer evenings spent under the stars. Both our General Manager and Finance Director are passionate birders and have captured many of the beautiful birds that we feature this week.
We spoke to each of them and gathered a few of their favourite shots and these include a range from the late winter months to the much greener vegetation that we are now surrounded by.
I hope you have a great weekend and that you enjoy the Week in Pictures #202!
Winter is the best time for capturing beautiful flashy birds such as this white-bellied sunbird feeding on a flowering aloe. Photograph by Chris-Kane Berman
The sleek form of the Tamboti female moving through dry winter bush. Since the first summer rains the scenery has transformed into shades of green, a welcome sight for herbivores. Photograph by Richard Laburn
A zebra mare pricks her ears forward showing interest in our presence. Their unique stripes, much like a thumbprint, help break up the outline of the animal and make it difficult for predators to distinguish where one animal begins and another ends. Photograph by Richard Laburn
The Piva male is one of the bigger male cats at Londolozi with an unmistakeable heavy set neck. Photograph by Chris Kane-Berman.
The Tsalala lions awake up from an afternoon slumber as the heat of the day wanes and cool temperatures allow for more active movements. Photograph by Richard Laburn
A summer bush braai under a canopy of stars. Photograph by David Dampier
Tree squirrels provide endless fascination. Their gregarious nature is seen above in this close and seemingly loving interaction. Photograph by Richard Laburn
The wild dogs continue to move on and off the property and we are always very lucky when we do come across the pack and moments like this. Photograph by David Dampier
A beautiful star-studded sky is captured in the later hours of night. Photograph by Chris Kane-Berman.
Known as the ‘garbage collectors’ of the bush, hyenas also have very close family bonds and look after their young hiding them in a den until they are old enough to seen. If you have spent time at a den site you will have heard the loud frenzy of nosies from the young members of the pack as they make themselves heard by their elders. Photograph by Richard Laburn
‘In discussion” – the two bateleurs briefly took rest and time to ‘consult’ one another. Photograph by David Dampier
The vibrant colours of a bushveld sunset are always striking and never the same. An elephant is silhouetted by an incredible palate of orange, yellow and red. Photograph by Chris Kane-Berman.
The Scops owl, a very well camouflaged resident of the bush. Photograph by David Dampier
A martial eagle scans the surrounds in the early morning for potential prey. Eagles have incredible eye-sight and have more than 1 million photoreceptors per mm squared in their retinas compared to humans who only have 200 000 photoreceptors per mm squared. Photograph by Richard Laburn
A leopard captured against the rising moon provides natural light for this photograph. Photograph by David Dampier
Beautiful birds such as the scarlet chested sunbird are often seen around Londolozi camps feeding on flowers with their curved beaks. The design of their beaks are adapted to reach inside and feed on the nectar of these tubular shaped flowers. Photographed by Chris Kane-Berman
A crash of rhinos in the golden light of late afternoon. It is always encouraging to see young rhinos like the one pictured here. Photograph by Richard Laburn
The Sand River is filling up after the recent rain we have had this week. Photograph by David Dampier
The Mashaba female caught in action as she pursues a small mongoose. Photograph by Richard Laburn
Photographed by: Chris Kane-Berman, David Dampier and Richard Laburn.