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23 October2017

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.

Spring has sprung in the Low-veld, and the bush has seemed to come alive.  Temperatures are rising, migratory birds are slowly returning, and we are enjoying unparalleled game viewing at the moment.


Ostriches are usually restricted to the open plains further north, and east in the Kruger Park. We were thus very surprised to find this male early one morning, just as we were leaving the lodge. The good rains and fresh grass-shoots that are sprouting up everywhere had obviously attracted him to our reserve, and it was the first time I had ever seen an ostrich in my twelve years at Royal Malewane. – Ryan Jack

Wild-Dog pups

The Wild Dog pups have left the den, and are now adopting the nomadic lifestyle of their parents. It is a crucial learning time for them, as they will soon be expected to assist the rest of the pack during hunts. These three youngsters were carefully studying the adults as they set off after a herd of Impala in the central parts of the reserve. – Nicola Jooste

Elephant calf with attitude

Young elephants are very playful, and seem to love the fact that they can usually intimidate other animals with a well-executed ‘warning charge’. This little male tried his luck with our vehicle, but quickly lost interest when the charge did not have the desired effect. – Rudi Hulshof


Large male Buffalo, or Daggaboys, as they are often called, are some of the most cantankerous creatures of the African bush. These two defiantly stared down a pride of lionesses approaching them, relishing the opportunity to engage in another battle with their age-old foe. – Nik Vounnou

Leopard in the grass

The tall, yellow grasses offered excellent camouflage for this young leopard as it was patiently stalking a nearby herd of impala. The combination of the grass, and early morning light, made for a beautiful, moody image of one of Africa’s most exquisite big cats. – Juan Pinto


A few more beautiful images worthy of a feature:

Leave a comment below to let us know which is your favourite image for September.

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Love the ostrich!

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