This week in pictures …

Bee-Eater | Flight | Sun | Set | Walk | Owl | Moon | Rise

One picture per day …

Monday: White-fronted Bee-Eater | Canon 1 D Mark IV – f4 – 500mm L
Tuesday: Giraffe Males fighting | Canon 1 D Mark IV – f4 – 500mm L
Wednesday: Elephant Male on a sunny day | iPhone 7 Plus
Thursday: Sunset @ Thanda | iPhone 7 Plus
Friday: Lion family walking | Canon 1 D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm L
Saturday: Marsh Owl | Canon 1 D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm L
Sunday: Male Lion under a full moon | Canon 1 D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm L
Extra: Sunrise @ Thanda Canon 1 D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm L

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On Bheki’s hands …

What is the little creature on my tracker Bheki’s hand. Not the fly, the other one?

What does it eat and how does it hunt?

Let’s see who gets it right!

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Reflections

I love the reflections of the ripples in the water on the pelt of the lions.

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For the photographers among you: This image was taken at very low light conditions (using a spotlight). It was taken freehand, 300mm, f5.6, eV-2.0, 1/60sec, ISO 6400.

A bloody affair …

When Lions feast on a fresh kill it is rather a bloody affair. This young Lion just got his first share of a Kudu kill.

A strong image showing the rough side of nature!

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Double Release!

Removing a snake from a place where it should not be can be a tricky business. And if the snake is a Black Mambas then it gets extra exciting.

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Yesterday, I caught the largest Black Mamba I have ever seen (see video 1). This beautiful specimen was rather calm during the capture. I released it this morning in a remote part of the reserve.

https://youtu.be/eZdahoey20U

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And then midday today I was called to catch another of these fast moving snakes. This one was more ‘feisty’ and was quite agitated during the capture and the release (see video 2).

https://youtu.be/Eoit1he0b8k

But in the end everything went well and both snakes can establish their new homes far away from people and buildings 🙂

The picture credits for today go to Letishia Kleinschmidt and Jennie Pretorius. Thanks a lot. My favorite shot of today is Jennie’s picture of a ‘Black Mamba Selfie’ :-).

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My favorite 2015 Lion image

If you followed my blog for a while you will know that I love to take animal portraits. Nevertheless my favorite Lion images for 2015 is a scenery image.

It was taken on Christmas Eve on Thanda Private Game Reserve. It is not a prefect photograph (with the slight lens/light distortions), but it just looks right!

 

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