Due to the overcast conditions, lowlight nocturnal photography was at the order of the day. Below follows a few images of a great interaction we were privileged to observe.
|The Bicycle crossing male staring intently at the approaching Island female's approach, at this stage still unseen by us.|
|First glance as the female enters the arena again from the shadows in the hope to regain some of her kill.|
|Upon the female's approach the male positioned himself at a fork in the tree where all access is cut off to the kill - all against the backdrop of a rising moon.|
|All the while a spotted Hyena lurks below.|
Photo notes:Some of my thoughts regarding photography I shared with the guests on safari which I think photographers may find useful. First and foremost I tried to tell a story with the images. Thus the images that were chosen in the first place had to tell a story. Importantly each image had to fit in with the rest of the images in terms of look and feel but also as a whole contribute to the story. The intent stare of the male leopard for instance tied in with the ghostlike image of the female appearing in the shadows. Secondly I deliberately chose the side lit, darker images as I wanted to communicate the ghostlike atmosphere of sitting in this remarkable sighting as well as the top predators that is so well adapted to life at zero light.
What I would have liked are the following. Getting more than one animal in a composition and hopefully get some sort of interaction. Then of course to be able to spend more time over a few days at the scene either prior to- or afterwards. But we had only arrived on that day and the action was all done the next day.
|The very impressive sight of five large male lions on a buffalo kill.|
|Nature is totally unapologetic. Its graphic but its nature.|
Images on safari:
|Having fun on drive|
|Photographing a leopard in great light.|
|Getting ready for the next round of wildlife.|
|A leopard walks past the vehicle close enough to touch.|