I have found myself taking fewer photographs these days compared with my earlier guiding years. Despite still loving and having a deep interest in photography; I feel more and more drawn to purely watching animals and immersing myself in their presence. This however is a compilation that I have built up over the last couple weeks and the diversity of animals represents my interest in all the creatures of this beautiful wilderness, both large and small.
Enjoy The Week in Pictures!
One of the Tsalala lionesses laps up water from a small pool before glancing into the rising sun; creating the perfect opportunity to catch this glint of sunlight in her eyes.
A group of wildebeest gather in the morning light. With the shift of seasons, the difference in the light is one of the obvious changes we’re experiencing. Beautiful soft lit mornings and evenings are what we have to look forward to.
A close up of the Tamboti young female’s feet as she balances on the branch of a tree. Powerful muscles, sharpened claws that are kept retracted until necessary and a long tail for balancing help these animals to scale trees to extraordinary places.
An Emerald spotted wood dove drinks from a shallow pool. Notice the beautiful green iridescent spots on its wings which give it its name and which are so often missed when the bird is seen in flight.
The Kunyuma male looks towards the vehicle from the boughs of a marula tree.
A group of dwarf mongoose gather at the entrance to their burrow. They are typically rather skittish creatures and so we had to sit patiently before they became accustomed to our presence and allowed me to capture this photograph.
The Tsalala cubs now about 4 months old; boisterous and full of energy.
A yellow billed story perches above a waterhole. These birds eat predominantly fish, frogs, aquatic insects, worms and crustaceans.
The Tamboti Young Female watches a herd of impala from the fork of a marula tree. Leopards use trees as comfortable resting spots, to stash their kills but also because they provide fantastic vantage points to scan for prey.
One of the Matimba males captured when the coalition were feeding on a giraffe carcass trapped in a small pan. Despite their typical dislike for water, the wet nose and body of the lion show what lengths they will go to for a free meal.
A herd of buffalo rest in the open areas of Londolozi, inundated with flies. To avoid the irritation by these flies, buffalo will often wallow and cover their skin in mud.
The two new additions to the Tsalala pride scamper along the edge of a semi dry pan, attempting not to slip into the mud. Notice the spotting of their young coats which they will slowly lose with age.
A zebra captured in golden morning light. This soft light of winter allows for more opportunities like this to play with backlighting.
A Tsalala cub laps up mud from a drying pool.
A large herd of buffalo wake from an evening of rest. Normally these herds will move and feed during the day and rest together in tight groups at night for greater safety from predators.
A Matimba male finishes off a yawn. Despite popular belief, yawning is not necessarily a sign of tiredness for the cats and in fact, they tend to yawn and groom before they begin moving.
A capture of the full moon rising. Watching the shift in the moon cycle and the extraordinary night sky is one of my favourite things about living in the bush.
The Kunyuma male stares directly into the camera. It was a treat to see this particular male leopard as he is not one we see very often.