Photography From The Field | December 2017 | The Royal Portfolio

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22 January2018

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.

Our game viewing remains as exciting as ever. We’ve had some great rains, and the bush has been transformed into a lush, tropical oasis. All the migratory birds are now back, exploiting the rich reserves of insect-food that followed the rains. Few places on earth can compare with the incredible biodiversity found in the Low-veld during the month of December.

Early morning Elephants

Wildlife photography is transformed during the rainy season as brown, dusty hues give way for deep green and blue reflections. These elements set the tone for this moody image of a herd of elephants at the water’s edge. – Darrel Camden-Smith

The lethargic Leopard

Sungula still frequents the large Marula trees around Royal Malewane, and we are waiting with baited breath to see if she’ll be comfortable enough to have her new cubs within the parameters of the lodge. – Ryan Jack

Giants of the bush

We are still enjoying unprecedented elephant sightings, and seeing herds such as this one has become a common feature at Royal Malewane. I waited at the bottom of an embankment for the herd, and the angle really highlighted the size of these magnificent giants. – Juan Pinto

A family of Wild Dogs

The Wild Dog pups now partake in hunts with the rest of the pack, but they still have a lot to learn. We followed them one morning as they pursued some Impala. I managed to get this photo of three pups flanking the adult as they briefly paused to assess their options. – Nicola Jooste

Lion cubs at play

The new cubs in the Blackdam Pride are very fortunate to be growing up with so many siblings. Not only are there ample playmates, but this ‘rough-and-tumble’ play serves as vital training for survival skills later in life. – Jon Wightman


A few more beautiful images worthy of a feature:

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

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All of those are great! We need a trip back to see you guys (and the animals)!

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