Photography From The Field | December 2016 | The Royal Portfolio

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23 January2017

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.

Summer is a time marked by colour and diversity in the bush, something that was apparent in this month’s photography from the field. While lack of water remains a concern, the recent rains have provided some much needed respite.

Impala Sunset

The beautiful bushveld sunsets make for fantastic photographic opportunities. We came across this bachelor herd of Impala, late one afternoon just as the sky was changing to dusky reds, oranges and yellows. The angle meant that I could get a clear silhouette of my subjects, leaving a dramatic backdrop. – Rudi Hulshof 


Above As Below

It has been a while since we could get any photographic opportunities  around the watering holes. These areas, however, have become very productive following the recent rains. I managed to capture this Water Thick-Knee as it was flying low over a resident pod of hippos. – Juan Pinto

Portrait Of A Giraffe

I was trying to get as close to this large male giraffe as possible without disturbing it, in order to seperate my subject from the bushes behind it. This bull obliged, and was quite happy with our close approach. Some dramatic storm clouds made for a clean, but moody background. – Riaan Fourie


King Of The Jungle

This dominant male lion was woken from his daytime slumber when some Vervet Monkeys started chattering in the trees nearby; a telltale sign that another predator was in the area. I took this photo as he rushed towards the disturbance, intent on dealing with any intruder to his domain.  – Ryan Jack 

A Splash Of Colour

To me, red and blue are the two most striking colours to find in nature. I couldn’t resist this photo when a beautiful male Red-Headed Weaver landed in a tree above us with his bright red plumage accentuated against the blue summer sky. – Piet Marimane 

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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