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1 April2018

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 slowly approaching autumn, and we can already feel winter approaching on the breeze. Predators are getting active earlier in the day, and we have been blessed with some unbelievable sightings.

Yellow-Billed Hornbill courtship display

Yellow-billed Hornbills are monogamous breeders, and will start laying eggs soon after the first rains of the season. The exceptional rainy season, however, has caused many of them to engage in courtship displays again, and to raise a second brood of chicks. – Juan Pinto

Stalking lioness

The Blackdam Pride has become prolific hunters with so many new cubs to feed. The pride now often splits up during hunts in an attempt to increase their strike-rate. We came across one of the adults on our way back to camp late one evening, just as she was eyeing out a small group of wildebeest in the distance. – Jon Wightman

Giraffe at sunset

This large, old giraffe bull came over to investigate our sundowner stop one afternoon. I under-exposed the image in order to get the magical colours from the setting sun, and really make the animal’s silhouette stand out. – Riaan Fourie

Blackdam Pride drinking

Photographic opportunities like this don’t come along every day. I anticipated where the pride was going to stop for a drink, and was lucky enough to be in the perfect position as they approached. I used a spotlight to ad a little bit of saturation and a ‘glint’ in the eyes. –Nicola Jooste

Drinking leopard

We spent an entire morning with this female leopard, and she soon became very accustomed to our presence. The soft colours of the surrounding rock and plants made for an ethereal feel to the image, and really made the subject ‘pop’. – Darrel Camden-Smith


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