Brendon on Safari
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Day 3 and final morning of August ODP Elephant Plains Photographic Safari 2
The morning drive started off once again very well in great weather and some fantastic light. Not long after leaving the lodge we found lion tracks and started tracking, while on the tracks we came across 5 hyaena walking along the same tracks as the lions which made us think the lions had make a kill and the hyaenas are on the scent. After about half an hour of tracking and following the hyaenas we found the Tsalala pride of lions and as soon as they got wind of the hyaenas following them we had a great sightng of lions chasing hyaneas but no photographic opportunities arose. However shortly after dispersing the hyaenas they made their way into a large open area and proceeded to chase each other around and play as young sub adults do, this produced some fantastic photographic opportunities in some amazing light!
After leaving the lions, we herd that Karula the female leopard had been found, so we headed off towards her. Although the light was already quite harsh we managed some decent images.
The afternoon safari was quite quiet and we only found the Tsalala lions in the evening but managed a great shoot using spotlight both in front of the lions and behind to create some back lighting effects.
Our last drive this morning had a change in weather as the begining of a cold front moved into the area, but despite the off weather we still managed to find the Tsalalas again this time stalking a small herd of Zebra, which was very interesting to see but no fantastic photographic opportunities arose.
Well all in all this safari has been fantastic with a total of 9 different leopards being seen as well as some fantastic Lion sightings. All our guests are leaving extremely happy and all with some great images, we look forward to seeing them up on the ODP site in the near future.
Cheers for now, but remember to keep updated on the ODP blog with the action from the upcoming safaris!
Brendon & Hilton