“The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our future but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.” Sir David Attenborough
Ultimately, this quote defines everything about you, me or anyone reading this blog. The beauty of nature and the feeling we all get from viewing all other living creatures that we share the earth with, cannot be put into words. Something we witness, keeps us watching it, photographing it, longing to be in it. Nature and its living creatures have to be the best part of the earth we all share.
Being able to capture images that showcase, not even a percentage of, these living creatures is a great privilege. Of course, capturing these images comes with some underlying pressure, to impress, as a conservationist and a person who is extremely passionate about the wildlife you want to portray an animal in a way that a person wants to constantly look at that image and ensure they live life with a subconscious/conscious decision that, that species continues to share the earth with them going forward.
I often say that so many people have become wildlife photographers and truth be told; we can never have enough. The more people that are passionate about seeing and photographing animals in the wild, the more we can protect those very species.
We celebrate this week with a diverse selection of these magnificent wild animals.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
This elephant calf captivated my guests and me for at least half an hour. Not even a day old, wobbly and hairy. It was one of the cutest things to watch. Just before this happened I told my guests that I hope it drinks as seeing an elephant stick its whole face in the water creates instant smiles on the vehicle.
A stormy night was upon us as the last rays of golden light broke through the clouds highlighting this Bateleur. With the impala lambs appearing everywhere, the afterbirths attract a lot of eagle activity. We presume that this particular bateleur had just been feeding on the afterbirth before we arrived.
One of the Plains Camp Male Lions watches as his brother takes on a herd of buffalo. This individual wasn’t moving anywhere or helping.
The Senegal Bush Male Leopard could not be less bothered or look more relaxed as he rests in a tree with a full impala ram kill hoisted safely on a branch beneath him.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
A migrant that always makes you double-check. However, quite easily distinguished from the Wood Sandpiper, another prevalent sandpiper we see, by the white shoulder crescent. Often described as the C for the Common Sandpiper.
A large herd of elephants comes down to drink at one of the popular river crossings through the Sand River.
Having just returned to the water hole after a night of feeding this hippo bull watched us as we drove past.
The Nhlanguleni Female Leopard made my day this particular afternoon as she lay on this termite mound. The ground had this rich red colour and I could not get over the beauty of this animal when the contrast of her coat was against the red mound.
Initially skittish she spent a lot of time in the Sand River, now relaxed she makes up the majority of leopard viewing west of camp.
A Red-billed Oxpecker was in for the ride as a buffalo bull made his way to a nearby mud wallow.
A buffalo bull stares us down as we went past. Something a bit different with half a face shot.
Dark skies and some morning light set the scene for this photo as a breeding herd of elephants feeds amongst the dry grasses and dead knob-thorn trees.
Two bull giraffes size one another up before getting into quite a viscous necking battle.
The Mashaba Female, having not been seen for a while, we found her as healthy as ever and resting peacefully in a marula tree.
The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best-known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the vehicles.
Waterbuck, often underrated, are one of the most beautiful antelope. This bull in golden light stood out in the dark river reeds and I decide to completely feature his beauty by making a completely black background.
The Nkoveni Female plays with one of her cubs in what was one of my best afternoons in the bush.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.