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10 July2017

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.

Autumn is in full swing, and the familiar, deep greens of summer have been replaced by yellows, browns and oranges. Temperatures have also dropped considerably, and jackets are now commonplace on safari once the sun has set. The autumn months are also historically good for game viewing. The bush is thinning, making animals easier to spot, and animals become more concentrated around the established watering holes.

Impala Kaleidoscope

The rutting season is coming to an end, and the stronger Impala rams have organised their females into tight harems. Impala are often overlooked, because they are so common, but I still think they are some of the most photogenic antelope in the African bush. – Juan Pinto

Baby elephant 

This small elephant calf is the newest edition to the reserve, and we caught up with her when she was only a few days old. The adults were obviously still very protective over the little one, and it was a challenge trying to get a photo of the new arrival. I thought that this image, of the calf tucked away behind giant legs, told the story of the intimate bond between elephants and their young. – Noelle van Muiden

Red-billed Oxpecker 

Red-billed oxpeckers form a very special symbiotic bond with their hosts (in this case a Cape buffalo). They are also very animated, and provide much-needed colour when the bush starts to fade. – Rudi Hulshof

Cheetah

Cheetah numbers are at an all-time low, but they do seem to be making a comeback in the Greater Kruger. We were lucky enough to find this female shortly after a successful impala hunt, late one afternoon. – Nicola Jooste

Little lion cub 

The dynamics between rival dominant males, mean that the mother of these cubs keep them well hidden for the most part. We were fortunate to see them late one afternoon as she decided to bring them into a clearing to socialise with the rest of the pride. This little male took great interest in our vehicle. – Riaan Fourie

Encore

A few more beautiful images worthy of a feature:

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