Greetings one and all. A new day and a new post for you. Some wonderful light this morning so without further delay, here we go!
We of course set out early. The first thing I do as we leave the shelter of the camp is to check over my shoulder to the East and see what the clouds are doing in the direction of the sunrise. It looked like we were in for some good light, so suggested to Patrick we head for something closer by to improve our chances of catching the first early rays.
Patrick being Patrick of course didn’t let us down and we had this chap to ourselves and wonderfully, in the open!
We tracked with him for a good few minutes as he was making his way to his buddy across the plains. He was a little more skittish than most of the pride, so we kept a greater distance between us than usual so as not to cause any stress.
We then left him as he made his way into the undergrowth.
Charles was on the radio as he had located a nearby (ish) Leopard so we put our foot down and held on tight.
We arrived, but on this occasion we only managed to nab this quick snap before he vanished into the bushes as only Leopards can.
You can’t win them all and it’s always a privilege to glimpse a wild Leopard, brief or otherwise.
As the light became harsher I wanted to help the group practise some slow shutter techniques some more. To that end Patrick took us off in the direction of a small Wildebeest herd in the distance.
We parked up just ahead of their direction of travel and I began helping out with shutter options and the all important panning technique. Practice is the key here and we had parked up in the perfect spot to give it a go…
Many shots later we moved on. Patrick believed this Lion kill was the source of the calling we heard in the night.
Clearly a good feed had been had and this lady was picking up the last scraps.
And with the heat rising we decided to make our way back a little earlier for a cool off and rest before lunch. Not a bad morning at all! Patrick noted that we were in for an unpredictable afternoon weather-wise and he certainly was right! Do check back next time and see how we got on.
Thanks for reading folks! Rich.