Readers’ wildlife photos

December 23, 2022 • 8:15 am

If you’re idle during the holidays, do send in some photos. I ain’t going to Poland, so the feature can continue—if people contribute.

Today we have the third batch of photos from Rosemary Alles (part 1 is here and part 2 is here), featuring the creatures of South Africa. As I posted before:

Today’s photos come from Rosemary Alles, who lives in South Africa and works for a conservation organization that partners with local people. Her narrative and captions are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. This is only part of a larger set: more photos will come later.

I am an American living (temporarily) in SA. These pics were taken from my small studio in rural South Africa and while within the greater Kruger region. I am originally from Sri-Lanka, a war-torn nation just to the south of India. My family and I immigrated to the west to escape a violent civil war in Lanka.You can find more about us (the work our org does) here. We focus primarily on indigenous women/children at the intersection of conservation.

Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Two photos of a male duiker antelope (JAC: either red or gray; I don’t know):

Male Lowland Nyala antelope (Tragelaphus angasii):

Male subadult nyala:

Nyala calf:

Saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis):

Southern masked weaver (Ploceus velatus):

Unidentified sparrow:

Sunset, Manyeleti Reserve:

Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus):

White-backed vulture(Gyps africanus):

African Wild dog (Lycaon pictus):

Emerald-spotted wood doves (Turtur chalcospilos) on termite mound:

10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Very nice photos, thank you for sharing. I have never heard of a Nyala, appreciate you adding to my overall knowledge.

  2. Great, wonderful pictures. Indeed these animals can be seen regularly in South Africa, albeit not in all areas, but they are still kinda ‘close to home’. Thank you for giving a glimpse of South African wildlife other than ‘The Great Five’.

  3. Excellent photos. Clean and crisp with nice bokeh, especially of the sparrow (which I believe is Southern Gray-headed Sparrow, Passer diffusus stygiceps). Thanks.

  4. NIce photos; the nyala is beautiful. You can tell Rosemary Alles that the unidentified sparrow is a Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, an abundant species in some areas.

  5. Striking photos of some of the lesser known, yet beautiful species in my neck of the woods!

    Sadly however, depressing news: 47 vultures (Gyps africanus) were killed in the last week by consuming poisoned carcasses intentionally put out by sangomas (traditional healers). The birds’ heads were cut off for use in superstitious practises similar to that of rhino horn, pangolin scales, etc.

    Trigger warning – photos of dead birds!
    Unfortunately behind a pay-wall (and in Afrikaans…).

    Further article on this horrible topic after an even worse mass killing:,poisoning%20is%20linked%20to%20poaching.

    I apologise if this post is seen as carrying a negative vibe.

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