In the northern reaches of the Kwazulu Natal Province in South Africa lies a premier photographic reserve called Zimanga, dedicated to the passion of wildlife photographers. Zimanga offers uniquely built hides for photographers to photograph wildlife at very unique perspectives and close proximities. Opportunities for unique imagery abound in this beautiful part of the country.
Dust and Light
A herd of Elephant walk across the barren Zimanga plains kicking up huge amounts of dust, back lit by the setting sunlight. A lone, young Elephant walks through the shrouding dust following the herd.
A close up view of an Elephant drinking from the Bhejane Hide at Zimanga, purpose built for small birds, but not completely limited to the avian kind.
Two young Wild Dog interact, play fighting and learning the neccessary skills to help them in the future.
A Crocodile appears out of the nocturnal abyss in search of a meal, as two Egyptian Geese look on and keep their distance.
A Dark-capped Bulbul bathes in shallow water as the morning sunlight illuminates the birds fully stretched wing just before taking off.
Drinking Crested Barbet
Morning sunlight illuminates an adult Crested Barbet drinking from the edge of a purpose built photographic hide, allowing wonderfully intimate and low angle possibilities.
The Premier Hunter
Ever alert to the opportunity to kill, the African Wild Dog is a relentless killer, ripping apart their prey within minutes. In the golden light of dawn, the hunt is on again.
A black and white treatment to a trio of Elephant brings out a mood and understanding of the protection of an alert matriarch.
On The Verge
Setting sunlight illuminates heavy dust kicked up by a mother Rhino and her calf.
The very pretty Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove comes down to the drinking edge at Zimanga, lit beautifully by early morning sunlight.
Peering through the thick grass of the Zimanga plains, an African Wild Dog is alerted to nearby prey.
Fishing The Shallows
From the beautiful vantage point of the Lagoon hide at Zimanga, a Yellow-billed Stork goes about its hunting routine in search of aquatic food.
The Life And Death
A young Impala was hunted down and killed, eaten within minutes. Here a young Wild Dog stands proud with the head of this young victim as the early morning light shines golden hues onto the scene.
Giraffe at Sunset
The sun slowly sinks lower in the sky, cutting through the hazy atmosphere losing the blue colour spectrum of light, creating the warm orange glow over the landscape of Zimanga. A large male Giraffe stands tall back-lit by the striking sunset light.
An adult, male Pink-throated Twinspot comes to the drinking edge at the Bhejane Bird Hide to quench a thirst in the heat of the afternoon.
Reflected Red-billed Oxpecker
In the golden light of dawn, a Red-billed Oxpecker comes down to the drinking edge at the Mkhombe Bird Hide, the still water reflecting the bird and small droplet from its beak.
An adult Woodland Kingfisher displays to another adult swiftly approaching.
Dappled sunlight faintly illuminates an ever alert African Wild Dog in search of prey. We spent about 3 hours following a pack of Wild Dog on this particular morning, watching and learning their hunting techniques as they ran down prey, devoured within minutes. A brief pause in the chaos allowed me a few seconds to capture this portrait of a very efficient hunter.