After a week of a huge amount of rain, the rangers have still managed to pull out some incredible photography. Within this week’s selection, predators feature strongly, leopards making up the majority of this. The Ximungwe Young Male, Three Rivers Young Male and the Nkoveni Young Females add some amazing value with their playful nature. The Flat Rock Male is seen again and descends a marula tree giving us a great photographic opportunity.
One of the Northern Avoca Males is also found in the north as he rests in the soft river sand.
Birdlife, buffalo, elephants, wild dogs and a chameleon make up the rest of this week’s spectacle.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Ximungwe Young Male makes the most of a fallen tree to glance over at his mother in the distance.
The Ximungwe Young Male climbs a fallen tree and glances down at his mother as he chews on the edge of the stump.
One of the Northern Avoca Males rests in the soft river sand.
Growing into an impressive young leopard, the Three Rivers Young Male has provided some great viewing of late.
The pack of wild dogs has begun moving around in the northern parts of the reserve. Just as the golden light started shining through, they began the next hunt.
Rare to see a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl out and about during the daylight hours. Shortly after sunset, we came across one perched on the branches of a dead leadwood where we couldn’t help but notice its bright pink eyelids.
A large buffalo bull stares us down with his side of his face being illuminated by some stunning golden afternoon light.
A female Giant Kingfisher perches on a dead stump near the Sand River waiting for something to dive down and catch.
A few afternoons ago we sat with a breeding herd of elephants for about 30 minutes. This particular female caught all of our attention. Her significant long tusk provided a very different photographic scene. We got a few photos of her as she fed in the beautiful golden light. We then decided to put the cameras down and just sit quietly as the herd moved slowly past us.
The two Nkoveni Young Females are such great valoue to spend time with, as they constantly play and wrestle with each other.
In amongst the bout of playing the one Nkoveni Young Female ran up a dead knob thorn tree.
Diving into each other as they continue to play.
During this time of the year we would not normally expect to see chameleons, so seeing this one on the ground moving about was a real treat.
Winter sunrises are one of my favourite things. As I set off from camp there was a blanket of mist hanging low in the valleys and a glow coming off the grass, so I did a little stitching work here in order to capture a panoramic view of the sunrise.
The stunning Plaque Rock Female rests in the grass near a hoisted carcass.
The Flat Rock Male has also been a little scarce of late, this is due to his territory being so large that he spends a lot of time on the move in order to patrol and defend his turf.
Two different takes on this image, one in colour and one in black and white.
A yawning leopard always captivates me. Allowing us a close look at those long sharp and intense canines. A young leopard’s set of teeth is amazing to look at, clean and white. As the leopard ages, the teeth stain yellow and become chipped and broken.
Another take on a beautiful sunrise.
Looking at images of the beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller never gets old.