Monkey busines

Japanese Macaque Nagano, Japan

Japanese Macaque baby (Macaca fuscata) in hot spring covering its face, Jigokudani National Park, Japan

Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkey (Macaca fuscata) is a species native to Japan. It is the most northern-living non-human primate. During my two-year stay in Japan I had several opportunities to meet these lovely creatures. The most rewarding, in term of photography, was the one in Jigokudani Monkey Park in the Japan Alps where the following photographs were made.

 

Vulture and elephant

Vulture feeding on elephant body South Luangwa, Zambia

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) feeding on elephant body (Loxodonta africana), South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

An elephant died without any obvious reason near to my camp in South Luangwa National Park. It was interesting to inspect the place frequently and see the process of the body disappearance. Lions, hyenas, vultures and marabous took turns in silently destroying remnants of the creature that used to be invincible.

Leopard hiding in the bush, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Leopard (Panthera pardus) hiding in the bush of Pafuri, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Thanks to great tracking skills of my guide from Pafuri Kamp, I was able to spot this wonderful creature shortly after sunset. I managed to take only one single shot before it disappeared in the dark.