Photography From The Field | January 2018 | The Royal Portfolio

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14 February2018

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.

If 2017 was anything to go by, then 2018 promises to be another exceptional year for the wildlife at Royal Malewane.

The Blackdam Pride has gone from strength to strength, and will spend the bulk of 2018 raising their large litter of cubs. Cheetahs, Wild dogs and leopards have all flourished, and we enter the new year with higher elephant numbers than ever before.


A Silent Leopard Sighting

This beautiful young male leopard is a shy cat that keeps to the thickets in the south of the reserve. Sightings of him are fleeting. We happened upon him one morning, just as he broke cover, and entered a small clearing on his way to water. – Jon Wightman

Buffalo Bull

Old buffalo bulls (or ‘Daggaboys’ as they are also called) have a real presence about them. Their grumpy demeanor and discontented expressions make for some striking wildlife portraiture. We know this old male well, as he frequents the riverine bush around Royal Malewane – Rudi Holshof

A Sneaky Slender Mongoose

The slender mongoose is a shy carnivore that will usually run for cover at the slightest disturbance. This individual, however, felt quite content with our presence as he peered at us from the safety of an old termite mound. – Juan Pinto

Blackdam Pride

The Black Dam Pride is becoming a formidable unit and is now 21 lions strong. We were rushing home one evening in an attempt to avoid an approaching thunderstorm, when we found some members on the clearings close to the lodge. The golden light reflecting of the stormy clouds made for a magical scene. – Darrel Camden-Smith

Follow the Blackdam Pride’s journey on Instagram as they go from strength to strength.

Cattle Egrets

The good grazing conditions have attracted great herds of Cape Buffalo to the reserve out of the Kruger Park. Vast flocks of cattle egrets are always in hot pursuit, hoping to snatch up insects flushed out of the grasses by the large herbivores. I took this image in some amazing afternoon light, as these two birds scurried to catch up with the herd.  – Riaan Fourie


A few more 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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Great shots. The details, sharpness, colours and pose are so perfect and timed. The shots appear so natural and attractive. Amazing job.

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Amazing Photography. All effects are looking well in this photo and I gain various types of information from this.

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