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Nick Sims

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Nick 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 he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

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

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

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

Joanne Lofthouse
Digital Tracker

As always, amazing pictures!!

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Ian Hall
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

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

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.

Marianna Gdanis
Explorer

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, wonderful photos

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

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

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

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

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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….

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

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.

Nick Sims
Contributor

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.

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

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.

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Well done.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

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

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

Well spotted!

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