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Gerry van der Walt  Co founder of @wildeyesa Specialist private & photographic safari guide Public speaker ๐Ÿ“ง Email: gerry@wild-eye.co.za ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Proudly South African

A Black-and-white colobus monkey with her very tiny youngster.
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We spent a long time watching and photographing these two during a @wildeyesa safari that I hosted in Kenya a few years ago.
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Isnโ€™t the youngster just the weirdest, cute little thing youโ€™ve seen today? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š
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#WildEyeSA #Monkey #Kenya #Africa #LakeNaivasha #BabyAnimals #Weird #Cute #WildlifePhoto #Nature #BlackAndWhite

Always a privilege to see! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š
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#WildEyeSA #Elephant #BabyAnimals

Welcome to Monday! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Ž#MakeItCount

These two brothers hang around in the Mara Triangle on Tanzania border and theyโ€™ve given us some amazing photographic moments and sightings during the last few years.
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Look forward to go searching for them again later this year during our @wildeyesa Great Migration safaris.
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#WildEyeSA #GreatMigration #WEMigration #Africa #Kenya #Cheetah #BigCats #Brothers

โ€œThe question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?โ€
~ David Attenborough
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#EarthDay #ClimateChange #Quote #Africa #Conservation #DavidAttenborough #AfricanWildlife Wildlife #Elephants #WildEyeSA

Sunset in the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.
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#WildEyeSA #GreatBearRainforest #Sunset #Canada #BeautifulBC #BritishColumbia #Nature

You never know what youโ€™re going to get when you head out into the field.
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On this particular morning in the Mara Triangle @jonobuffey and I found a pride of lions close to Egyptian waters.
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The early morning light was great and the sighting proper but then magic happened.
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The female started moving three very young cubs from the long grass, across the road, to a new hiding place.
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Seeing something like this is always special and the interaction between her, the young cubs and the other sub adults made for an amazing morning of wildlife photography in the greatest game reserve in the world!
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#WildEyeSA #Nature #BigCats #TheGreatestMasaiMar #Africa #Kenya #MaraTriangle #Lion #Cub #BabyAninmals #PhotoSafari #WildlifePhotography #StopMoaningAboutTheGrassAndShootWhatYouSee

Feeling safe in the herd. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š
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#WildEyeSA #Elephant #Wildlife #SouthAfrica #PhotoSafari #BabyAnimals

One of the most intense sightings Iโ€™ve experienced on safari.
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The young lioness was, from what we could tell, trying to get into and join, or rejoin, a pride of 12.
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Was she from another pride? Was she kicked out of this one? Did her mom die and she was left alone? We couldnโ€™t know for sure.
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What was obvious was that the more she tried to get close and join the pride, the more the dominant female - and later on most members of the pride - tried to keep her away. It got nasty.
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It was one of the few times on safari where I actually stopped photographing. It just didnโ€™t feel right and it cut me deep.
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Predator on prey is rough to see but deep down you know itโ€™s the natural way things work. Predator on predator, especially of the same species and so young, just doesnโ€™t โ€˜feelโ€™ right.
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But thatโ€™s our emotions speaking and difficult as it may be, we often overthink these things.
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Nature can be raw and beautiful, harsh and emotive. All we can do - and itโ€™s a privilege - is to embrace the entire experience of being able to see and photograph this amazing natural world and the stories that play out day after day.
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And maybe, just maybe, we learn something about ourselves. Maybe we learn something about, and to appreciate, the fine balance that exists in nature. Maybe we learn something about how we treat each other as humans.
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Or... am I overthinking this?
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What do you think?
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#WildEyeSA #Nature #Wildlife #Africa #Safari #WildlifePhotography #ThisWillMakeAGoodPodcast

A golden afternoon in Amboseli.
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Knowing an area can be vital in getting your images. In Almboseli - when we stay at the @serenahotels - I ask our local local guide to hang back and then we spend a good 20-30 minutes on the road leading to the lodge.
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The combination of dust kicked up by other vehicles, the sun setting behind it and good numbers of animals in the marshes to the west of the road make for great photographic opportunities.
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Yup, the more you know the better it gets. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š
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#WildEysSA #Kenya #Amboseli #Elephant #Sunset #Dust #Africa #PhotoSafari #WildlifePhotography #PrivateGuidedSafari

Early morning on the Chobe River.
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#WildEyeSA #Chobe #Botswana #Sunrise #Elephant #PhotoSafari

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