Photography From The Field | October 2016 | The Royal Portfolio

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26 October2016

by Matt Dix

'Photography From The Field' is a monthly collection of the best wildlife imagery taken by our Rangers and Trackers at Royal Malewane.

The last month has been one of the driest in recorded history. A time when the weak become weaker and predators flourish. It is no wonder that the big cats featured so prominently in our rangers’ photographic portfolios this month.

Leopard Portrait

This beautiful, young male is often seen around Royal Malewane, and affords many incredible sightings. I found him late one afternoon resting on a termite mound which gave me this great eye-level view – the perfect angle for wildlife photography. – Piet Marimane

Resting Lioness

This large lioness was resting on a embankment after the pride had finished devouring a large wildebeest kill. The angle, the lazy eyes, late afternoon light, and clean background made for a fantastic photographic opportunity. – Nik Vounnou

Rolling With The King

This large male is the ruler of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. He exudes complete confidence while laying out in the open. I incorporated the layered background in my framing and applied ‘the rule of thirds’ during composition. – Noelle van Muiden

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The Cat’s Whiskers

This female is known as ‘Mbilu’, and she controls a territory in the western part of the reserve. We caught up with her one evening just as she was waking from her daytime slumber on top of a termite mound. The dark background really made her ‘pop’ and the whiskers really add some character to the image. – Riaan Fourie

The Runners Up

A few other images that didn’t quite make the final selection…

Leave a comment below to let us know which is your favourite image for October.

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