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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on The Week in Pictures #556

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Sandra Scott
Explorer

Favorite is the portrait beautiful Three Rivers Young Male

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Sandra.

Kirstin Otten
Explorer

I love macro photography so the two bee photos talk to me and also the white bellied sunbird. well done.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Kirstin.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks for the photos of this week.
I especially love the one of the young leopards and of the sunbirds as well as the bees.
However, all of the other are so amazing as well

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Sean, It’s great to hear that Cheetah are so prevalent right now! That’s a big change from some of our early visits. We are also excited to see Mashaba’s granddaughter (and Vomba’s great-granddaughter!) doing so well! We really loved all the macro and close-ups – the Collared Sunbird image is our favorite!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. It is great to see so many cheetahs at the moment. There definitely are a few more around now.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

Hands down, the best image for me is the Ntsevu female and that stare.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Jeff. It is an intense stare indeed.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I can’t pick up one this week. They all left me speechless , a concert of colours and life explosion!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Francesca.

my favorite is the mom zebra with her young one. i have some really nice pics of zebras from my last trip to longolozi!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christine.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Difficult choice again, but this week I’m voting for Chris’ photo of the cheetah cub and mother. How incredible to have seen the mother running at full pelt – I’m guessing that’s something only a few rangers have ever seen. The cub looks quite large now, at what age do they start to assist with hunting?
And thank you Sean for the info about the bee, as shamefully I wasn’t aware of the full process in gathering pollen. If a few of you are doing macro photography there should be a prize for whoever can get a shot of a bee filling her pollen basket!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Suzanne. There are only a handful of rangers that have seen a cheetah at full speed. Young cheetahs will probably start getting involved with a hunt at about 12-18 months. But most of the time, like lions, they get too excited and end up ruining the mother’s chances.
We should probably look at trying to capture a bee filling her pollen basket.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

These are spectacular photos. Close favorites from the color with the bees, the bird shots and of course the cats, each photo was something to marvel at. It is the colors that stood out the most. Truly beautiful ☺️

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Johanna.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I really liked your selection of images for TWIP, as there’s a nice variety. My choice this week is your first bee photo, as I find the details really sharp, especially the wings. I know how difficult it is to photograph bees due to their speed and apparent randomness, although I’ve learned after spending hours watching them, their flight pattern isn’t random at all. Photographing bees is a good exercise in preparation for shooting other species I believe…… wonderful photos by all who contributed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise.

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

My vote: Sean’s first bee macro photo. Almost had to go with the oxpeckers…..tough decision. Hamba kahle.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Judith.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Ah, the flora and smaller fauna , as well as some cracking leopard photos. So glad the ostrich population is gradually expanding . It seems the Southern Section is becoming more interesting

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

The sunbird on the aloe did it for me this week. 👍🏼

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Chelsea.

Ulrike Stohrer
Explorer

My favoured is no 3 the bee. Such beautiful colors!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Ulrike.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean the young Zebra foal is my favorite this week. So very cute and staying close to mom. The sugar birds are beautiful and show off such magical colour. Nkoveni female cub looking up to the sky is a magnificent cat.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Valmai.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Congratulations Kyle your foto graph of the Cheetah is amazing.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, TWIP is beautiful. My favorite is the Collard Sunbird followed be the two shots of the bees which are hard to capture. Congrats on great pics this week.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Some beautiful pics Sean. Some of the cat pics could be featured on August 8 which is International Cat Day/ Thanks for sharing.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Leonie.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi guys,
My vote this week goes to the close up shot of the incredible little bee. Second would have to be the collared sunbird.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Carly.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

I can recall nearly every moment of my first cheetah sighting as it stalked and tracked an impala. Incredible burst of speed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

That is something super special to see.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

My favourite is the oxpeckers on the female buffalo. But of course, I loved all the photos!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

I don’t think that there is anything prettier than a leopard’s eyes gazing upward…….divinely beautiful!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa.

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