Readers’ wildlife photos

April 5, 2023 • 8:15 am

Today’s photos come from Rosemary Alles, who lives part-time 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.  As I wrote about her in a previous post:

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 her conservation group does) here. We focus primarily on indigenous women/children at the intersection of conservation.

Francolin Chick (tiny tiny tiny)

Kiddos we work with  – all from communities around Kruger.

African Bush Elephant, Loxodonta africana (male)

Black Headed Weaver bird nests (Ploceus melanocephalus; can be hundred on one tree).   “Black-headed weavers are known for their intricately woven spherical nests crafted from hundreds of blades of grass, reeds, or palm fronds. Weavers are very noisy and highly social. They live in colonies, so a hundred nests may dangle from a single tree.”


Plains zebras (Equus quagga):

Kiddos we work with – all from communities around Kruger.

Vultures at dusk (Hooded, Necrosyrtes monachus, and White-backed, Gyps africanus):

South African giraffes (Giraffa giraffa):

Savanna Elephant (male, in stress – check the dribble, not in Musth, probably stressed because he was trying to cross a railway line and they know about trains):

  • European Roller, Coracias garrulus, (Migratory, in Southern African/African regions during European Winter):

Breeding herd of female Savanna Elephants (they were being pursued by several males in Musth – big “drama”)

 Olifants River:

Southern Fiscals (Lanius collaris) in a row:

Wild Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.):

Cape Starling (Lamprotornis nitens):

Female Greater Kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, (Antelope):

Leopard (Panthera pardus) track (gorgeous animals, couldn’t take a picture of him though, he was there for a moment and then into the bush, marking territory, was really awesome to see him, good looking, adult, and healthy male) :

Giraffe track :

32 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. I love working with the children. Animals and children bring perspective. And, the children love the campouts. Ironically, the wild world of Africa is a world that is (largely) “foreign” to these children. We try to disrupt that reality to make the wild world an accessible, tangible one.

  1. The birds on the wire are mislabeled; they are Swallows (called Barn Swallow in the U.S.), not Southern Fiscals.

      1. Totally agree on the Swallows, Fiscals do not occur in flocks like this, nor do they have elongated tail streamers. At least some of them show some reddish colour at the throat.

  2. It was a great moment, I didn’t have time to focus (properly) before the game vehicle started pulling away and the giraffes started to move. A shame, because they were resting. Seated on the ground.

    Thank you for the compliment.

  3. These were a treat. Some of the skies you captured really added to the drama. I’ve never been to Africa, but people I know who have often mention how “weird” the sky can be. And kudos for helping the locals.

  4. Good morning, just read this and saw your beautiful photos. Love them all. What lovely children. I’m an amateur photographer living in Florida. I take wildlife photos too, but I’d absolutely love to visit and spend time shooting these magnificent animals ❤️

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