Photography From The Field | August 2017 | The Royal Portfolio

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11 September2017

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.

The August winds have blown in some unusually wet weather from the coast, and the latter parts of the month even produced a bit of unexpected rain. We are fast approaching spring though, and the bush is slowly starting to show some greenery among the browns and yellows that we have grown so accustomed to over the past few months.

Cloudy sunset

We have been noticing storm clouds on the horizon for a while, bringing hope of an early rainy season. I took this photo during our sundowner stop one evening. The setting sun appeared in a slither between two clouds, causing these magical rays. – Juan Pinto

Leopard on the look-out

Leopards seem to appear when you least expect it. We had barely departed the lodge, when we spotted the Sungula female, intently studying some of Royal Malewane’s resident Nyala from the branches of a Marula tree. The overcast conditions made for an interesting image with a ‘washed-out’ background. – Nicola Jooste

Elephant close-up

Large herds of elephants continue to stream into Thornybush from the Kruger Park. We have observed a few solitary bulls follow these herds as they search for breeding opportunities. We came across this gentle giant in the vicinity of Royal Malewane one morning. He was very relaxed with the presence of our vehicle, allowing me to capture some interesting detail. – Riaan Fourie

Feeding Leopard

Leopards are creatures of the night, and are most active after sunset. This makes photography challenging, and most people struggle to get decent photos after dark. I usually opt to use the vehicle’s spotlight in these conditions, as a camera flash can produce unnatural, harsh tones. The more subtle light also tends to accentuate the subject, as the background remains dark and clean – Rudi Hulshof

Male Lion

The Black Dam Male seems content staying in the north of the reserve, after having lost the southern part of his territory to the Giraffe Pride Male. We caught up with him one morning, just as he was settling in for the day after a long night’s patrol. The morning light, combined with the statuesque pose made for a classic male lion photograph. – Darrel Camden-Smith


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