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Djuma Nature Reserve, Sabi Sand

 

We were privileged to spend the weekend of 27-31 July with Lex Hes a very well known leopard

expert and we were blown away by the leopard sightings! This female leopard Panthera pardus was

making her way back to her cub when she was agitated by the alarm call of a tree squirrel. She clearly

showed her agitation by lifting her tail.

 

 

An unusual group of 6 male lions Panthera leo had also recently moved into the area and afforded us great viewing and photographic opportunities. It is always awe inspiring being close to a male lion roaring and these guys surely did not disappoint!

The way in which Lex shared his intimate knowledge of the bush and its animals, especially the big cats made this a truly memorable weekend.



 

I will add images as the time arises... watch this space!

Galago Camp - Djuma 27-31 July

What a memorable time we had! Here are some of the bird sightings I managed to capture on camera. More detail about our trip to follow soon!

Grey Penduline Tit

Bennett's Woodpecker

Grey-headed Bush-shrike

Fiery-necked Nightjar

African Barred Owlet

Chobe National Park

A quick getaway to the Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana provided a myriad of photographic opportunities. Chobe has the highest concentration of African Elephants Loxodonta africana (below, right: female with calf) in the world with a total population estimated at 120 000 (2006 count). A cruise along the Chobe river is highly recommended. African Buffalo Syncerus caffer (below, left) are also frequently encountered.

 

The sunsets can be spectacular and don't forget to look out for Long-toed Lapwings Vanellus crassirostris which are locally common residents.

 

Land based game drives provide better chances to encounter some of the big cats. We came across a lioness Panthera leo with 4-week old cubs.

 

Despite many great opportunities the one I was most happy with was a chance to photograph Retz's Helmet-Shrike Prionops retzii from eye level. A proper eye-level opportuniy has eluded me for many years... The blacks can make for quite a tricly exposure and I find flash in manual mode works best.

Devon Sunday 17 July 2011

We decided to photograph the Sickle-winged Chat just outside Devon and got some other nice species as well.

Wattled Lapwing

Marsh Owl

Orange River Francolin

Cape Longclaw

Wildlife Photographer of the year 2011