After three years of being a ranger here, and having ventured somewhat into the field of photography, it was time to contribute my first Week in Pictures…
The bird life in particular has been thriving recently, what with the abundance of smaller life in summer, and most of the scenes we come across have been emphasised by dark blue leaden skies and vibrant green grass.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A pale Wahlberg’s eagle fluffs itself up on a dead tree. This eagle was grooming itself on this branch and quite possibly roosted there that night; often after they have groomed themselves birds will shake their feathers to get rid off any dirt and to help “re-zip” their feathers.
I recently wrote a post about this sighting. I love the sky and the Fork-tailed Drongo swooping right above the Elephant bull, heading to perch on the branch to wait for any flushed out insects. I like to lower the highlights to increase the sky’s definition.
Driving through the Maxabene drainage line (a riverbed that winds through the central parts of Londolozi) I heard the familiar call of a Pearl-spotted Owlet and then shortly afterwards the response of a juvenile. Looking through my binoculars, I spotted the fledgling hidden in a bushwillow. Young owlets are usually very secretive and will remain in dense foliage, being fed by its parents for up to 14 days.
A sub-adult from the Ntsevu pride subadult Lioness was found walking through tall grass. Notice the Impala rams in the background and how they had to lift their heads high as they watch her disappear.
The same lioness now walking through a clearing. I love layers in paintings or in photos so saw the opportunity to use the ancient Leadwood forest in the background to add a different layer to this photo.
A female Thick-billed weaver inspects the nest built by a male. When a female accepts the nest she will line it with soft plant material.
A Tawny Eagle overlooked by lowering skies. I have just started to paint with water colours and I really think it has an impact on how I see the landscape around me; I take in more details and see the natural world as a painting. The dead tree to me made this photo look like it was painted.
A Wood Sandpiper wades through a small waterhole immersing its head in the water to snatch up any aquatic creatures. Its feeding habit and reflection made it look like it is giving itself a kiss.
The Nkuwa female perfectly positioned to scan her landscape. With the long grass making it difficult for her to see, a Marula tree seems like a good vantage point. Hidden in the canopy she remained undetected.
A female (given away by her yellow eye) Saddle-billed Stork stands motionless, waiting for a fish to swim within range.
Male and female Ntsevu subadults brush each others’ sides as they walk along the road. Notice how different their eye colours are; the young male has paler sage green colour and the young female has more of a honey golden coloured eyes.
We have been very fortunate to have frequent viewing of the Ntsevu pride this week. I have touched on the grass length already, and it was more noticeable in this sighting. If you took your eyes off him he would be lost in the palette of green waves. There for only a moment…
A Goliath Heron stalking the shallows in the clean morning light. While hunting they walk through the water very slowly, taking only three or four steps a minute, making them easy to photograph.
Female weavers apparently accept the nests that males have constructed based on structural strength rather than neatness or appearance. If a male builds one that doesn’t quite meet the standards, he has to tear it down and start again…