Thursday, July 8, 2010

LIONS & Leopards Photo Safari - June / July 2010

Here are a few photos from the "Lions & Leopards of the Klaserie & Timbavati" photo safari.

Two participants also did the two night Forest Lodge extension to photograph the vultures and african reptiles.

Client photos will follow shortly :)

The 3 nights spent at the Big Cat Reserve provided great photo opportunities of Lion, Leopard and Cheetah and an excellent introduction to the trip. Photo skills and techniques were put to the test, and by the end of the 4 days everyone was ready to put their panning, night photography, flash, timelapse and manual shooting methods into practice on the second part of the safari.

The 6 nights at Gomo Gomo Lodge in the Klaserie, part of the greater Kruger Park, provided excellent and numerous Elephant & Buffalo sightings. Elephants drank every day at the waterhole right in front of the lodge where we photographed them from the comfort of our chairs. We spent time with 2 White Rhinos in lovely morning light. The Lion pride was deep in thick bush, most likely enjoying a buffalo kill but we did manage to locate one of the pride males which we spent a wonderful 2 hours with as he patrolled his territory, marked bushes and roared to locate the rest of his pride.

We had two excellent Leopard sightings, the first of which was spent with a male leopard as he tried to get a Goshawk to drop its fresh spurfowl kill, and in the end the Leopard suceeded. Whilst shooting the sunrise one morning we heard a group of Kudu giving an alarm call and our investigation found a female leopard with a fresh Impala kill. Her shy cub lurked in the back ground as she ate some of the kill before dragging it to the safety of a small drainage line.

Many thanks to the Gomo staff and to Johan our ranger and Geoff our tracker.

Apart from the great sightings on the trip I am very pleased to announce that the specialized photographic shooting platforms proved to be very succesful and we will be making use of them on all future photo trips to Gomo Gomo. See the video below.

Enjoy !
Until next time
Stu

Flapnecked Chameleon


Puff Adder


Black Mamba


Cape Vulture


White Backed Vultures


Hooded Vulture & Marabou Stork


Male Lion drinking - Big Cat Reserve


Leopards - Big Cat Reserve


Cheetah Big Cat Reserve


Cheetah running - Big Cat Reserve


Cheetah drinking - Big Cat Reserve


Caracal - Big Cat Reserve


Porcupines - Big Cat Reserve


Hooded Vultures fighting - Big Cat Reserve


Gomo Gomo Safari Vehicle at sunset


Male Kudu jumping over road - Klaserie Reserve


Cape Buffalo - Klaserie Reserve


Photographing Elephants from Gomo Gomo Lodge


Burchells Zebra


Charging Hippo - Klaserie Reserve


Dinner at Gomo Gomo


Cape Buffalo - Klaserie Reserve


A rare African Wildcat - Klaserie Reserve


Male Impala - Klaserie Reserve


White Rhino - Klaserie Reserve


The Male Leopard trying to steal the Goshawks meal


Female Leopard with Impala Kill


One of the pride males


Male Lion yawning


Sunrise in the Klaserie


Gomo Gomo vehicle

video
The special photo platforms used for shooting from the Gomo Gomo Vehicle

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