Photography From The Field | May 2018 | The Royal Portfolio

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3 June2018

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.

We are steadily approaching the winter solstice, and the days are growing shorter as the nights are getting longer. Our guests don’t seem to mind too much, as wakeup calls are now later, affording everyone an extra hour or so to sleep in. Game viewing remains as good as ever, especially since the predators are now active deep into the mornings as a result of the cooler weather.

Lurking Leopard

We found this beautiful female leopard one morning while she was patrolling her territory. The winter sun made for a moody glow, as she slowly meandered among the dappled light of the bushveld. I waited until she was in almost complete shade before taking the shot in order to make her stand out from the eliminated, blurry background. – Rudi Hulshof

Elephant Dust Bath

Dust bathing elephants are great subjects to photograph. They generally stand in one place for some time, affording the photographer the opportunity to experiment. I opted for a tight crop here, drawing attention to the tusk protruding from the cloud of dust. – Riaan Fourie

Young Lioness

We’ve been blessed with exceptional lion sightings recently. The dynamics of our northern pride have been especially interesting, with several males jostling for dominance over a territory left vacant by the Blackdam Male’s departure. This young female from the Monwana pride is coming into season, and I captured this image as she was tentatively approaching one of the new males that has taken up residence in the north. – Darrel Camden-Smith

Descending Leopard

Winter is definitely the best time to find and photograph leopards. We found this female resting in a Marula tree, and I knew it wouldn’t be long before she would become active in the cooler weather. We were rewarded when she came down from the tree at sunset, with the soft hues of the setting sun making for a beautiful, moody image. –André Fourie 

To find out more about the expert team of rangers and guides behind the lenses of these beautiful images, visit our Expert Rangers and Guides Page Here.

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