Into the bush

Photographing animals isn’t always easy, they don’t stop and pose and certainly don’t appear on cue. Many a long hour has been spent, waiting in quiet anticipation, for a shot to happen. Sometimes the animals play along and stay in position long enough to get a great shot. Patience is key!

These images were taken on visits to some of my favorite places……Kruger National Park, Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Mapungubwe National Park & Chobe in Botswana

Sunrise at Kannidood Dam outside Shingwedzi Camp

Sunrise at Kannidood Dam outside Shingwedzi Camp, Kruger National Park

Sunrise and sunset in the African bush are often unrivaled in awesome beauty. The stillness of the land at sunrise, the quite “wake up” calls of birds are food for the soul.

Reflections on a tributary to Pioneer Dam, outside Mopani Camp

Reflections on a tributary to Pioneer Dam, outside Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park

All puffed up, this Lilac Breasted Roller gave his feathers a good shaking off

All puffed up, this Lilac Breasted Roller gave his feathers a good dusting off. Photographed in Kruger National Park

Pied Kingfisher, scrutinizing the water, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to happen along

Pied Kingfisher, scrutinizing the water of the Sabie River, Kruger National Park, waiting for an unsuspecting fish to happen along

The Woodland Kingfisher prefers drier or wooded areas, not the riverside areas Kingfishers are generally known to inhabit

The Woodland Kingfisher prefers drier or wooded areas of the Kruger National Park, not the riverside areas Kingfishers are generally known to inhabit

The crab in the beak of this Giant Kingfisher could be a tough "nut" to crack

The crab in the beak of this Giant Kingfisher could be a tough “nut” to crack. Photographed in Chobe, Botswana

As soon as some hapless fish passes by, this Giant Kingfisher will be swiftly on the wing and into the water

As soon as some hapless fish passes by, this Giant Kingfisher will be swiftly on the wing and into the waters of the Sabie River, Kruger National Park

A stunning sight - African Fish Eagle in flight

A stunning sight – African Fish Eagle in flight. Chobe, Botswana

African Jacana have long toes and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in shallow  water

African Jacana have long toes and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in shallow waters of the dams in Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Watching and waiting, this magnificent Bateleur watches patiently from high above

Watching and waiting, this magnificent Bateleur watches from high above ground level, Kruger National Park

A lucky catch for this Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, bad luck for the insect who is about to become lunch

A lucky catch for this Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill in Kruger National Park, bad luck for the insect who is about to become lunch

Fishing even in a small puddle proved successful for this Hammerkop

Fishing, even in a small puddle after a storm in Kruger National Park, proved successful for this Hammerkop

Silent and lethal, this young Nile crocodile is as fast on land as it is in the water

Silent and lethal, this young Nile crocodile is as fast on land as it is in the waters of the rivers in the Kruger National Park

Big or small, dangerous or cute, many beautiful creatures inhabit the South African bush. Even in the camps within a game reserve, there is much activity and plenty to be seen. Walking around the camps can provide many ideal photo opportunities. Stopping at the dams can also prove fruitful.

Sunset from the walkway in Skukuza Camp, overlooking the Sabie River

Sunset from the walkway in Skukuza Camp, overlooking the Sabie River, Kruger National Park

The scallywags of the bush, Vervet monkeys, although cute to look at, can be a real pest

The scallywags of the bush, Vervet monkeys, although cute to look at, can be a real pest, especially in the camps at Kruger National Park

A magnificent baobab tree at Mapungubwe National Park, from a different angle

A magnificent baobab tree, at Mapungubwe National Park, viewed from a different angle

Water droplets on the thatch after a rain storm in Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park

Water droplets on the thatch after a rain storm in Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park

Impala Lily in full bloom. So beautiful, so fragile. The gardens of Skukuza Camp in Kruger National Park showcase many beautiful indigenous plants & flowers

Impala Lily in full bloom. So beautiful, so fragile. The gardens of Skukuza Camp in Kruger National Park showcase many beautiful indigenous plants & flowers

The Selati Bridge, seen from Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park

The Selati Bridge, seen from Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park

Tree Squirrels move incredibly fast, so this was a lucky shot. This little guy was tucked away on a branch in the shrubbery next to the road in Kruger National Park

Tree Squirrels move incredibly fast, so this was a lucky shot. This little guy was tucked away on a branch in the shrubbery next to the road in Kruger National Park

This windmill at the Mooiplaas waterhole near Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, made for an interesting B&W image

This windmill at the Mooiplaas waterhole near Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, made for an interesting B&W image

And of course, there’s the big game, the main attraction at any game reserve.

Quenching their thirst from the cool waters of the Letaba River, Kruger National Park

Quenching their thirst from the cool waters of the Letaba River, Kruger National Park

Lunch time in Kruger National Park - foliage on the tress provides snacks galore!

Lunch time in Kruger National Park – foliage on the tress provides snacks galore!

The perfect pose! Elephants in Kruger National Park

The perfect pose! Elephants in Kruger National Park.

Fighting over territory or females is often the reason for broken horns. This Waterbuck, in Kruger National Park, still stands proud, despite missing half a horn

Fighting over territory or females is often the reason for broken horns. This Waterbuck, in Kruger National Park, still stands proud, despite missing half a horn

A magnificent creature, this male Kudu looks almost regal in his pose. Kudu are plentiful in Kruger National Park

A magnificent creature, this male Kudu looks almost regal in his pose. Kudu are plentiful in Kruger National Park

This Burchell's Zebra in Kruger National Park looks like its having a good laugh. This behaviour is actually known as the  Flehmen Response - the animal is testing the scents and tastes in the area

This Burchell’s Zebra in Kruger National Park looks like its having a good laugh. This behaviour is actually known as the Flehmen Response – the animal is testing the scents and tastes in the area

Standing peacefully now, but at the first hint of danger this Burchell's zebra can bolt swiftly away into the surrounding bush of Kruger National Park

Standing peacefully now, but at the first hint of danger this Burchell’s zebra can bolt swiftly away into the surrounding bush of Kruger National Park

What a find - lactating female Spotted Hyena feeding her pups in a culvert on  the roadside in Kruger National Park

What a find – lactating female Spotted Hyena feeding her pups in a culvert on the roadside in Kruger National Park

Play with me Mom! The antics of this youngster were amusing to watch, the patience of the mother heartwarming!

Play with me Mom! The antics of this youngster were amusing to watch, the patience of the mother heartwarming!

Although his mane is still short, it wont be too long before this young male lion literally has a full head of hair

Although his mane is still short, it wont be too long before this young male lion literally has a full head of hair

A recessive gene gives "white" lions their light coloring, raning from blonde to almost white. They usually have a yellowish-brown or golden eyes similar to tawny lions, although some have bluish eye coloring

A recessive gene gives “white” lions their light coloring, raning from blonde to almost white. They usually have a yellowish-brown or golden eyes similar to tawny lions, although some have bluish eye coloring

Sleepy he may appear, dont be fooled, this impressive male lion is always on the alert

Sleepy he may appear, but don’t be fooled, this impressive male lion is always on the alert

Giraffe have to adopt an ungainly position, with splayed legs and bent knees, to get their long necks close enough to the water to quench their thirst in the watering holes of Kruger National Park

Giraffe have to adopt an ungainly position, with splayed legs and bent knees, to get their long necks close enough to the water to quench their thirst in the watering holes of Kruger National Park

Water still dripping from its tongue, this Giraffe looks almost surprised at being disturbed. There are some large herd of this silent animal in Kruger National Park

Water still dripping from its tongue, this Giraffe looks almost surprised at being disturbed. There are some large herd of this silent animal in Kruger National Park

The relationship between the Cape Buffalo and Red-billed Oxpecker has been debated as to whether it is symbiotic, or whether the oxpecker is semi-parasitic, as this bird could spend its entire life on the host it eats from. Both are to be found in most areas of Kruger National Park

The relationship between the Cape Buffalo and Red-billed Oxpecker has been debated as to whether it is symbiotic, or whether the oxpecker is semi-parasitic, as this bird could spend its entire life on the host it eats from. Both are to be found in most areas of Kruger National Park

Being a totally unpredictable creature makes the Cape Buffalo one of the most dangerous animals to man. Kruger National Park is host to some large herds of buffalo

Being a totally unpredictable creature makes the Cape Buffalo one of the most dangerous animals to man. Kruger National Park is host to some large herds of buffalo

Resting silently under the low lying shrubs, taking advantage of the shade

Resting silently under the low lying shrubs, taking advantage of the shade of the bushes in the Singita conservancy, Kruger National Park

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