Photography From The Field | January 2017 | The Royal Portfolio

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22 February2017

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.

Good rains continue to fall, and the bush is now covered in a lush, green blanket. Many herbivores are raising their young, and it is thus also a time of plenty for the predators.

Lazy Leopard

Many guests who visit Royal Malewane have come to know this young leopard intimately. She calls the thickets around the lodge home, and is seen almost daily. We found her one night on our return from game drive, where she was grooming high in the branches of a Marula tree. – Nicola Jooste

Dusty Elephant

Many herds of elephant have moved onto the reserve, making for excellent photographic opportunities. Getting close to these gentle giants affords one to really capture the great detail in their skins. – Riaan Fourie

Lioness at night

Lions are creatures of the night, and really come into their own after dark. I used the vehicles’ spotlight in this image of a young lioness as she was waking from her daytime slumber. – Rudi Hulshof

Kudu Bull

Kudu are some of the most striking antelope of the African bush. They are also quite shy, and don’t afford one many photographic opportunities. This young bull peered at us from behind a thicket, just long enough for me to get a quick photo. – Juan Pinto


Black-bellied Bustard

Summer is the best time of the year for birding, and many birds are more conspicuous, as they proclaim their dominance over territories. This female Black-bellied Bustard stood at the top of a termite mound, trying to identify a male calling nearby. – Noelle van Muiden.

The Runners Up

A few beautiful images worthy of a feature:

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

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