Kirkmans Photographic Tuition October 2016

24th January 2017
I spent a day with George and Kate from the US in October 2016, They both wanted to learn more about Wildlife photography.

After the Introductions and some theory we set off on our first game drive, we Immediately went to see if we could find the Teardrop female Leopard who had make a Bushbuck kill on the edge of the Sand river.

When we got to where she was we found the Leopard resting on the sandbank, she seemed to be very lazy and wasn’t going anywhere, we got some images of this lazy cat before heading off to have a look at the Charlston Male Lions that were close by.

We found the first Lion lying in the Sand river quite some distance from where he and his brother had killed a Buffalo, we suspect that he had come down to the river for a drink and he was resting a bit before heading back to the kill.

After about 5 minutes the Lion got up and walked across the river to where his brother and the kill was, when the lions saw each other again they briefly greeted each other before both lions flopped down with full bellies and rested, there was not going to be much more activity from them !

After our drinks stop we headed back to the Teardrop female leopard, she was a little more alert and we got some good images of her in the fading light, after some stretching and grooming she got up and climbed into the small tree on the riverbank where she had stashed her kill and continued to feed. We decided at this time that we would head back to the lodge for our own dinner.

The following morning we set off and we photographed some general game along the way, Impala and Kudu, we were heading towards where the Leopard and Lions had been left the night before.

As things happen in the bush both the Lions and the Leopard had left their kills during the night and were nowhere to be seen, only a few Whitebacked Vultures were still at the Buffalo carcass.

We continued on our drive finding a few Buffalo bulls along the way.

We stopped for our morning coffee along the river before setting off again following the Sand river towards the Kruger Park boundary, there was a small pool of water in the Sand river where we stopped to photograph a couple of Hippo that were trying to stay cool.

While watching the Hippo we noticed a Lioness not too far off in the distance, she was on the edge of the river and she was softly calling probably trying to find the rest of her pride which never responded to her calls so she lay down and fell asleep.

After leaving the Lioness and Hippo we came across a small herd of Elephants feeding, they had a young calf with them that was real cute to watch and photograph as it tried to master the use of its trunk, after spending some quality time with the Elephants it was time to head back to camp for our own breakfast.

We had had some great sightings in the last 2 drives and it had been a good start for George and Kate on their Wildlife Photography journey.

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