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3 July2017

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.

There is a definite ‘bite’ in the air as we go into autumn, and average daytime temperatures are starting to plummet slowly. This means that the nocturnal predators such as lion and leopard, are generally more active late into the morning as they capitalize on the cooler temperatures. It is thus no surprise that the month of April was marked by some incredible predator sightings.

Young Wild Dog

Wild dogs are some of the rarest predators in Africa, and many safari-goers never get the chance to see these beautiful canids. A small pack has recently moved onto the reserve, attracted by the rich supply of prey species. I photographed this youngster at the entrance to their den after the rest of the family had set of on their morning hunt.  – Juan Pinto

Mating Lions 

A new male lion has entered our reserve out of the Kruger Park, and wasted no time tracking down the southern pride. It was only a matter of time before they accepted this new ruler in the south, and started mating with the females. Mating lions always make for action-packed photography . – Rudi Hulshof.

Lone Lioness 

We saw this lioness as we set of on game drive one morning. Most wildlife photographers will avoid man-made structures (such as the road here) at all costs, but I thought it added to the story. Maybe highlighting the uncertain future that lions are facing in South Africa.  – Riaan Fourie

Leopard cub in tree

Leopard cubs often seek refuge in the branches of a tall tree. They are not nearly as confident as adult leopards, and feel safe from the prying eyes of lions and hyenas. – Andre Fourie

Lion cub 

Our lion population did well during the past drought. Prey species were weakened, making for easy targets and a constant food source. The prides capitalize during times like these, and tend to have more cubs then. This little male and his brother was brought out of hiding and introduced to the pride early in the month – Ryan Jack


A few more beautiful images worthy of a feature:

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Love the wild dog!

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