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Pilansberg National Park

After spending a week at Sun City, I made four trips into the Pilansberg National Park. I’ve never really tried my hand at Wildlife Photography in a big way, mainly because living in Cape Town, we are so far from all the big game, so I was keen to make the best of it. Armed with all my kit and the two latest Mk3 teleconverters from Canon (the 1.4x and the 2x), I was prepared! I found my self using the 2x converter most of the time on my 300mm f/2.8 lens, which told me if you want to do this sort of photography properly, 600mm focal length is a must.
I have to say…I loved it, it’s been so nice to be able to shoot a subject you have no control over and yet it’s extremely tranquil and relaxing.

Lion (Panthera leo)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Cape Terrapin (Pelomedusa subrufa)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Dung Beetle (Circellium bacchus)

Dung Beetle (Circellium bacchus)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Yellow Billed Stork (Mycteria Ibis) and Chacma Baboon (Papio cynocephalus ursinus)

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion (Panthera leo)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) and Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Southern Masked-Weaver (Ploceus velatus)

Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Lesser Striped Swallow (Hirundo abyssinica)

Lesser Striped Swallow (Hirundo abyssinica)

Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Rock Kestrel (Falco (tinnunculus) rupicolis)

Reed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus)

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

Black Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)

Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

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