Photography From The Field | August 2018 | The Royal Portfolio

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10 September2018

by Riaan Fourie

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

August was another great month in the bush, and marked by two special events. The first was a spectacular lunar eclipse at the beginning of the month, and the second, the arrival of four young female cheetahs.

Safari Sunsets

The winter months produce some of the most spectacular sunsets in the Lowveld. The dust in the air and the larger angle of the sun, relative to earth create magical amber glows on most evenings. I shot this image during a sundowner stop one evening.– Ryan Jack.

Lunar Eclipse

Total lunar eclipses don’t occur very often, and we were waiting with baited breath to see if the last one would fall on a clear, cloudless night. We weren’t disappointed, and the conditions were absolutely perfect to view and photograph this very special phenomenon.– Juan Pinto

Hyena Cub

A Spotted Hyena den has been active in the central parts of our reserve for quite some time now, providing us with unbelievable opportunities to view and photograph these strange, interesting and often misunderstood carnivores. – Riaan Fourie

Cheetah Kill

Cheetahs have been rare on the reserve, and it had been months since our last sighting. This all changed towards the middle of the month, when these four youngsters appeared out of the blue one morning, obviously attracted to the rich supply of herbivores on Thornybush. We found them one afternoon as we were leaving the lodge. They had just killed a Nyala ewe, and were hurriedly dispatching of it. –Jon Wightman

Leopard Kill

Winter days are short, resulting in more nocturnal activity. Leopards especially capitalise on these longer nights and it is not uncommon to find them on kills. Photographing them at night can be challenging, but once mastered, the results can be astounding. – Rudi Hulshof

To find out more about the expert team of rangers and guides behind the lenses of these beautiful images, visit our Expert Rangers and Guides Page Here.

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