2016 has reached its halfway mark, but before we launch into the second half of the year, we need to once again look back and recap some of the better photographic captures of the last month.
Here then, are our picks for the top photographs of the month of June:
This one was a tap-in as far as we were concerned. Not only is the moment absolutely incredible, as a cheetah struggles to subdue an adult male impala, risking injury or even death on those sharp horns, but Don Heyneke in the excitement of the moment managed to tick all the photographic boxes. The subjects are sharp, no part of the animals has been cut off by the edge of the frame; it’s a stunning image.
Another one by Don. A leopard in a Marula tree at sunset, stretching before getting active? Every wildlife photographer’s dream.
The very unusual nature of the subject here got this photo into our top 10. Two sandgrouse chicks huddle down for shelter, relying on their camouflage to keep them hidden while their parents are away. Chicks like this are incredibly hard to spot, by humans and predators alike.
A young elephant calf enjoys a dust bath in the access to Marthly Pools while the afternoon sun offers some soft backlighting. Photograph by Amy Attenborough
Alice Brewer is a new name on the Londolozi blog, yet her photographs have been causing a stir already. She has bee putting some serious pressure on the guiding team with her high standard of photography. Here lightning offers a dramatic backdrop to one of the Londolozi Land Rovers parked atop a hill.
The Mashaba female feed on an impala ram kill whilst keeping a wary eye on a hyena below. Another great image by Alice Brewer.
A Pangolin, a creature at the top of every ranger’s bucket list. Tracker Richard Mtabeni found this amazing creature whilst tracking the Piva male leopard in the deep south, and needless to say, all intentions of finding the leopard went straight out the window as rangers brought their guests in to this potentially once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Photograph by James Souchon
A tiny (and apparently grumpy!) white rhino calf stares across a the vehicle whilst its mother feeds on the Red Grass (Themeda triandra) that is prevalent in the south-west of Londolozi. Photograph by Sean Cresswell
A low perspective and the remains of a dead tree in the foreground adds an interesting perspective to this shot of a hippo bull in Makhotini Dam. Photograph by Don Heyneke
The Mashaba female and her cub share a boisterous greeting one chilly winter’s morning. Photograph by Nick Kleer.