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18 March2017

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 month of February is usually marked by high temperatures, and lots of rain, and this year was no exception. The excellent grazing still attracts a myriad of herbivores to our area, and where the grazers go, the predators will follow.

Nursing Elephant

Elephants can be challenging subjects to photograph. I normally try to zoom in close, and get detail and textures in the image. – Rudi Hulshof

Longing Leopard

We came across this leopard cub and her siblings where they were waiting for their mother to return from a hunt. Anxious for her return, and probably hungry, one cub climbed a large marula tree, in an attempt to get a glimpse of mom. – Nicola Jooste

Hippo Theatrics

The best time to view, and photograph hippos, is in the late afternoon when they start waking up. There is usually a lot of displaying and yawning , before they leave the safety of the water to spend the night time hours grazing. – Riaan Fourie

Lunar Moth

One of the most striking insects in our area, lunar moths are often seen during the summer months. I used a spotlight here to get the right exposure on the moth, while blacking out the background. – Juan Pinto

Local Leopard

The Sungula female is often seen around Royal Malewane. We bumped into her just after sunrise as she was patrolling the entrance road to the lodge. – 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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