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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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Great pictures Nick. I loved the close up of the very majestic Birmingham male

Digital Ranger

Nice story and photos for the coming weekend, thanks Nick!

As always, amazing pictures!!

How much is the wildbeest behaviour different between Kruger and Serengeti/Masaai Mara?

Hi Gabriele
The wildebeests in East Africa are migratory while the ones in South Africa live a more sedentary lifestyle and will only migrate when they absolutely have to. This means that the herds of wildebeest in the Kruger are smaller and more spread out than their East African relatives. Hope this helps

Master Tracker

The leopard 🐆 photos are really good, but buffaloes 🐃 I always think are very difficult to photo as their dark hides play havoc with the metering . That is a cracking buffalo photo

That picture of the Birmingham male really brings to reality the moniker of “King of beasts.” As regal a look as I have ever seen.

Lovely week in pics Nick, and just as I was asking if you ever did any photography. Thanks very much for an incredible visit last week, Alan and I had a fantastic time …. yet again

Hi Marianna
It was great having you too! Until next time, keep well and please send my regards to Alan.

Nick, wonderful photos

Lovely images Nick. The Birmingham male looked so majestic while the Ximungwe female’s snarl could nearly be heard…such clarity.

So very green there during this time of the year!!

You captured some wonderful images this week Nick- especially the Birmingham male, Ximungwe female and the Buffalo. I’m always trying to improve my photography and noticed your ISO was set to 400 on each photo. We’re you on auto ISO or did you deliberately set it to 400 and experiment? When I’m there in March I hope I can get some photo tips….

Hi Denise
Good observation! I was trying to see if there were ways to get sharp photos in varied light by playing with other settings before changing my ISO. Lifting the ISO when there is low light is a good way to ensure a fast shutter speed, thus delivering a crisp image. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ISO by using high and low values and finding out how your camera responds. Looking forward to you joining us in March

Great pics Nick. Loved the bird ones, also the lion cub looking skyward. Good to see the Birmingham male, wonder how long those guys will be around? Any word on the Anderson Male?? Thanks for sharing these with us.

Hi Leonie
We think the Anderson male has passed away, sadly. He was last seen in the Sand River a few months ago and we have not seen a sign of him since then.

Thanks Nick for updating me on Mr. Anderson – he was truly a magnificent cat and a legend. Am sure I am not alone in feeling a hole in my heart for him. Happy New Year to one and all at Londolozi.

Well done.

Amazing shots of the Birmingham Male and the Ximungwe Female!!

Nice sighting of the teal too! Can also spot a marsh terrapin and what looks like a wood sandpiper.

Well spotted!

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