Kirkmans Kamp photography workshop

03rd September 2017
I spent a few drives with Edgar and Gina from the USA at Kirkmans helping them with their Wildlife Photography, after the theory and setting up their cameras we headed out for our first drive.

We headed down to the river to see what we could find, it wasn't long before we found a small group of Buffalo Bulls, one guy in particular gave is a good stare !

After leaving the river we headed South and along the way we stopped to photograph a Bearded woodpecker silhouetted against the afternoon sky as well as a Brown Snake Eagle that was perched nicely on a dead tree.

We then got a radio call that the Ndzilo female Leopard had been found close by so went off to have a look, when we arrived we noticed that she had made a kill and this had attracted the attentions of a Spotted Hyena, both mom and cub were up in the trees watching the Hyenas movements.

The Leopard cub was beautifully positioned in a small tree and the late afternoon light was beautiful on the cub.

After leaving the Leopards we set off to find a good spot for a sundowner drink, along the way photographing a Turtle Dove in the evening light as well as a couple of Nyala Bulls who were doing a bit of mutual grooming.After our drinks we headed off back to the lodge.

The following morning we spent quite some time tracking a male and female Leopards tracks, we were hoping to possibly find them mating. After a long search we finally found the pair of them, it was the Schotia female and the Xovonekela male Leopard, the female wanted to mate but the male was not too interested, every time the female approached the male would snarl at her and move off, it was a great bit of interaction to see.

We spent as much time as possible with the Leopards before we headed back to the Lodge for breakfast, it had been a eventful morning.

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