Young Elephant with no trunk!
Where there is a will there is a way! This elephant youngster was spotted close to the Pafuri Picnic Spot ( 23rd of Jan 2019 ) in the Northern Park of Kruger National Park. This was a very sad sight at first but soon after spotting the strange looking animal, we saw it is coping very well actually.
First thing going through one's mind is how will the poor animal eat and drink? What happened to the trunk? There are many possible scenarios speculations, maybe a crocodile got hold of the trunk when it was a baby perhaps, or the worst it might have been a poacher's snare... One can only speculate.
As the image shows clearly the youngster has no problem going down and eating grass like a cow. Also drinking water will be no problem as it can walk into the water and drink.
Obviously it takes more effort and with the tusk growing that might cause feeding problems later in life. But for now the animals seem to be in good health and does have the protection of the breeding herd and fits in normally.
But in reserves like Kruger National Park nature will take its course and the management will not interfere. Good luck to this strong character of the African bush and hope to see it sometime in the future again.
Amazing first light Leopard Sighting!
In the early morning we stoped at Lamount water hole after seeing two eyes underneath a thick bush it was spotted by one of our photography guests. Our surprise was when we saw the kill and the young Leopard with an impala leg coming down the tree in perfect light conditions. This was a sight to remember by all on board really and extraordinary sight for sure. At first I was very disappointed being so close but the female was behind the bush and we could not get a good clear shot and she was not to happy with our presence and the light was non existing so we waited....
After about 10 min suddenly we saw the cub emerging from the thick bush below a tree on the river bank very close to us and this is where the magic happened. The light came through the clouds and it had this reddish orange glow to it and with the river sand in the background it made ideal conditions for first light shooting. Quickly changing ISO and getting the shutter speed up as much as we could the following images was captured. With the use of the Gimpro Equipment fitted on the vehicle I shoot as low as 1/40th of a second so if the subject does not move in one or two of the 11 frames per second it works!
One of the Leopards came back a second time to the same spot so we had the chance to do it all over again. What can I say not every day that you get double luck on Leopards!
Here is a short video clip from the scene where you can hear the camera shutters going crazy taking some stunning shots of the Leopard sighting. If you like to join us on a Wildlife photographic safari in Kruger National Park with me Bernhard Bekker as your personal photographic guide please contact us via www.b1photosafaris.com