Photography From The Field | November 2017 | The Royal Portfolio

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12 December2017

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.

The predator population on the reserve has been experiencing a boom over the past month, with resident lion, cheetah and wild dog all having raised litters successfully. The carnivores are seen frequently hunting in the vicinity of Royal Malewane – no surprise then that they have been the dominant photographic subjects for the month.

The Hunt

Wild dogs are prolific hunters, and have the highest hunting success rate of all the large carnivores. We followed the pack one afternoon as they set of on a hunt, and it wasn’t long before they spotted a small group of Impala in the distance. I took this image of the Alpha male, his total focus on the quarry apparent as he approached the antelope from across a small clearing. – Juan Pinto

Cheetah Mother and Cub

The cheetah mother has beaten the odds, and managed to raise her four cubs amid the high density of more dominant predators in the area. My guests and I felt very privileged to be part of this gentle moment shared between a mother and one of her four-month-old sons. – Riaan Fourie

Play Time

The Black Dam Pride in south of our reserve has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The pride, once diminished to a lone lioness, has grown to a formidable unit of 19 lions under the vigilant protection of their new king, the Giraffe Male. The new cubs now provide our guests with endless entertainment, and make for unbelievable photographic opportunities. – Rudi Holshoff

The Death Stare

Competition at kills is fierce within a lion pride, with females and cubs all vowing for the best cut of their hard-earned prize. I snapped this image one morning when we found the Black Dam Pride on a buffalo kill close to Royal Malewane. The pinned back ears, flicking of tails, and the menacing stare of this female really captured the intensity of the moment. – Nicola Jooste

Snarling Leopard

The Malewane female’s cub has left the relative protection of his mother’s territory and has started the perilous journey towards becoming a dominant male. I photographed him here, facing off against another young male, in the hopes of acquiring a territory of his own in the northern parts of the Thornybush reserve. – Darrel Camden-Smith

Encore

A few more beautiful images worthy of a feature:

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