Leopard Tortoise

While we were out looking for the cheetah on our afternoon drive, Graeme came across a leopard tortoise that was dangerously close to getting stuck in the electric fencing at the property perimeter.  Thankfully he managed to free it without giving himself a shock, and I managed to snap a couple photos as the tortoise headed off on its way.

Leopard Tortoise

One week done already – Zimanga Game Reserve with Wildlife ACT

Here is a selection from some of the hundreds of photos I have taken over the past couple days at Zimanga Game Reserve with Wildlife ACT.  I’ve seen quite a bit of Kalahari, the beautiful cheetah over the last couple days.  He will definitely need a few posts dedicated just to him!  But right now, I must dash as time to head out and find the wild dogs!

My first afternoon spent with the cheetah called Kalahari.  He's such a beautiful creature, and so photogenic!
My first afternoon spent with the cheetah called Kalahari. He’s such a beautiful creature, and so photogenic!
A yellow billed hornbill calling.
A yellow billed hornbill calling.
A mountain reedbuck coming in to land just outside the fence at the volunteer house at Zimanga.
A mountain reedbuck coming in to land just outside the fence at the volunteer house at Zimanga.
I took a morning boat trip on the Jozini Dam and was lucky enough to see a breeding herd of elephants :) Happy happy Jen!!!
I took a morning boat trip on the Jozini Dam and was lucky enough to see a breeding herd of elephants 🙂 Happy happy Jen!!!
The yard at the volunteer house at Zimanga Game Reserve is filled with birds :)  This yellow fronted canary was in the tall grasses outside the kitchen window.
The yard at the volunteer house at Zimanga Game Reserve is filled with birds 🙂 This yellow fronted canary was in the tall grasses outside the kitchen window.

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Zimanga Game Reserve with Wildlife ACT

Since Monday I have been at Zimanga Private Game Reserve as a photographic volunteer with Wildlife ACT.  The primary focus on this reserve is monitoring and tracking wild dog and cheetah.  While the cheetah has remained elusive thus far, I have had the opportunity to spend some time with the pack of six wild dogs.  I’m having a brilliant time.  As it is very soon time for the afternoon monitoring session, this post will be brief; I wanted the chance though to share a few photos from the past days, as a hint of what is to come.

A bull elephant heading straight towards us on the road, while we drove in reverse!  He was completely cool with our presence, but was also on a mission along that road, so we had to get out of his way. 1/320sec, f8.0, ISO 200
A bull elephant heading straight towards us on the road, while we drove in reverse! He was completely cool with our presence, but was also on a mission along that road, so we had to get out of his way.
1/320sec, f8.0, ISO 200
A juvenile brown snake eagle. 1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO 200
A juvenile brown snake eagle.
1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO 200
A member of the wild dog pack eyes us; we woke them from their afternoon nap. 1/160sec, f9.0, ISO 200
A member of the wild dog pack eyes us; we woke them from their afternoon nap.
1/160sec, f9.0, ISO 200
A pair of waterbuck, moments before they bolted for safety away from our gaze. 1/500sec, f8.0, ISO 1000
A pair of waterbuck, moments before they bolted for safety away from our gaze.
1/500sec, f8.0, ISO 1000
A giraffe in front of a jacaranda tree. 1/640sec, f10, ISO 400
A giraffe in front of a jacaranda tree.
1/640sec, f10, ISO 400

 

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Safari Sunset

Safari Sunset

I set this photo as my desktop wallpaper a couple days ago, and that seems as good a reason as any to share it. This was taken on our first game drive at Londolozi.

1/800sec, f4.5, ISO100, April 2, 2013

Leopard

Leopard

Another photo from the vault. The direction of the sunlight made the original black and white conversion I did in Lightroom look washed out. I re-edited this with Silver Efex pro, and the harsh highlights have been minimized without losing detail.