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SOUTHERN AFRICA

Lion Portrait, Chobe, Mark A Fernley

LIONESS PORTRAIT

Large female walks the river banks of Chobe National Park, located in the north of Botswana.  

African Elephant Photography, Mark A Fernley

MUDDY WATERS

One of many African elephants make their way out of the harsh and muddy black waters photographed here in Hwange National Park. This image focuses on freezing the subject in time, allowing the skin textures to be seen more vividly.

African Lion Portrait, Mark A Fernley

BEFORE THE HUNT

Large male lion photographed here in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. After a long search for this one individual here in Botswana, I finally tracked down a male lion that I had photographed previous years ago. This friendly big cat made for a great photographic subject as I was able to get close and personal to his striking face.

ON THE MOVE
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Lone female Lioness on the hunt in Etosha National Park, Namibia. This lioness was patiently watched from a distance as she was calmly overlooking the flatlands in search for a meal. After a while, she slowly got up and took a drink and began to turn towards the herd of Springbok in the distance.

As she came towards my truck, I was able to get low in order to obtain this shot. With a Canon EF 500mm F4L IS II USM Lens on an R5 Body, I was able to capture this shot revealing an F4 background, allowing the subject to float freely in the space. After the shot, she stealthily made her way towards the tall grass to the start of her hunt.  

Lion on The Hunt, Mark A Fernley
Lioness, Botswana, Mark A Fernley

THE GREAT YAWN

Dark and dramatic side shot of a graceful Lioness showing off her impressive canines to the surrounding predators in the surrounding area. Photo taken in the Chobe National Park, Botswana. 

Male African Lion, Chobe, Mark A Fernley

EYE TO EYE

Dramatic lion headshot taken in the heart of Chobe National Park, Botswana. Notice his many battle wounds on his face from other males including his eye wound almost costing him his sight.

African Elephants, Etosha National park, Mark A Fernley

AN AFRICAN LEGEND

Large Bull African Elephant photographed walking the open plains of Etosha National Park, located in the very north of Namibia.

African Elephant Hwange National Park

LIVING DARKNESS
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Located in the far west of Zimbabwe, I found myself observing a humongous herd of elephants bathing and drinking from the muddy waters here in this dry and harsh environment.

After staying in this location for hours on end, I could not help but get drawn to this one specific elephant that had completely been submerged in the black water. As he elevated, I had to capture his unusual black body as if covered in tar.  

Flamingo, Namibia

Located in the center of Namibia's salt flats, I capture one individual flamingo running as he begins to take flight up into the misty skies.

TAKE OFF
 

Hunting Lion, Mark A Fernley

THE PREDATOR

Young male Lion photographed in the harsh and dry grasses of Etosha National Park of north Namibia, during the dry season where the surroundings lack in colour and contrast making each photograph unique.

Hippo portrait, Okavango Delta, Mark A Fernley

THE PAINTED FACE

Diving close to the magnificent Hippopotamus, taken along side the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park. We get to observe the array of coloured mud that brings this image to life. 

Young African Elephant, Mark A Fernley

ALL EARS

As dust is thrown through the skies, this magnificent young elephant with attitude races past and swinging his trunk in aggression to warn off other, here in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

SUSPENDED MOTION

 

Lone bull ghost elephant races through the flat plains of Etosha National Park to a nearby waterhole where his herd is awaiting. With the help of an F4, the subject such as the elephant is suspended in contrast to the soft and empty foreground and background, emphasizing the detail of the elephants skin.

Charging Ghost Elephant, Etosha, Mark A Fernley
Charging Elaphants Hwange National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE RACE

A group of African elephants race away from a secluded waterhole located in the center of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Giraffes, Namibia, Mark A Fernley

ALL EYES

Isolated giraffe family photographed in the dry deserts of Northern Namibia as they watch a small brown hyena making its way over the barren hills. 

Nile Crocodile, Chobe National Park, Mark A Fernley

UNDER THE SUN

Small nile crocodile photographed on the edges of the Chobe River, showing off his stunning colours and impressive teeth. 

African Elephant, Hwange National Park, Mark A Fernley

MISTY WATERS

Close and personal with a lone female elephant as she tiptoes carefully into the black waters here in Zimbabwe.

Desert Elephant, Namibia, Mark A Fernley

THE STAIR DOWN

A confident young African elephant stands facing the camera located here in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

African Elephants, Hwange National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE STRUGGLE

Large herd of elephants wade through the shallow and muddy waters in search for fresh water set in the barren lands of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. 

Zebras of Etosha National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE JOURNEY

A small group of burchell's zebra struggle in the harsh heat to walk across a vast and open plain to a far away waterhole here in Etosha National Park, Namibia.    

Elephants, Etosha National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE COOL OFF

Herd of elephants arrive at a well used waterhole and begin to cool off from the harsh and inhospitable heat here in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Male African Lion, Botswana, Mark A Fernley

A PREDATORS GAZE

Stunning male lion rises up from the ground and licks his lips at a passing herd of impala here in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Zebras, Etosha National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE LOOKOUT

A fine observation of the intimate relationship between zebras here in Etosha National park, Namibia. 

ON THE RUN
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After a long day under the sun, this young African elephant hastily makes his way to his family that are gathered at a nearby waterhole, situated in the north of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Charging Elephant, Hwange National Park, Mark A Fernley
Baboon, Kruger National Park, Mark A Fernley

THE YAWN

Large male baboon sits comfortably in the sun, stretching his impressive jaws wide and revealing his teeth, here in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Elephant Portrait, Etosha, Mark A Fernley

ELEPHANT PORTRAIT
 



Photographed in Etosha National Park, this outstanding individual is photographed showing off her creative white muddy blotches as she races near the camera giving me a show to capture in frame.

African Elephant, Etosha National Park, Mark A Fernley

LONE BULL OF ETOSHA

Lone Ghost Elephant bull photographed in the open plains bordering the salt pan of Etosha. This image brings you the isolated and harsh surroundings that these magnificent animals have to face. 

BEFORE THE FIGHT



In the dangerous waters of Chobe River, Chobe National Park, a far from relaxed male Hippo begins to get agitated with his pod as the sun begins to set. As I get closer on my boat, I begin to capture images of the head to best portray its unique structure in this dark lighting that a nearby storm had to offer.  

Hippo Mouth, Mark A Fernley
Ghost Elephants of Etosha

A BROTHERS BOND
 
Captured in frame, I present you the bond between two brother elephants found here in Etosha National Park, Northern Namibia

Chameleon, Botswana, Mark A Fernley

THE SCULPTURE - 1

A close up of a large and de-contrasted chameleon walks the dry and baren brushlands of northern Botswana. 

Chameleon, Botswana, Mark A Fernley

THE SCULPTURE - 2

A large and de-contrasted chameleon walks the dry and baren brushlands of northern Botswana. 

Cape Fur Seals, Cape Cross, Mark A Fernley

THE GATHERING

A gathering of cape fur seals wrest peacefully on the shores of Cape Cross located in west Namibia.

Fighting Zebras, Etosha National Park, Mark A Fernley

FIGHTING STRIPES

Burchell's Zebra photographed fighting in the dry grasses of Etosha National park, Namibia. These two individuals were seen fighting near buy, bighting each other, kicking along with aggressive vocalisations to one another over the mating rites of their nearby females.

African Lion, Chobe National Park, Mark A Fernley

OUT OF THE SANDS

Young lion rises from the sands and walks towards a nearby puddle as the sun begins to set here in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Charging Hippo, Chobe, Mark A Fernley

CHARGE OF ARROGANCE

 



Adult male hippo is spotted and photographed as he explodes out of the water and races over the grazed grass lands to a nearby male in order to protect his territory. Image taken in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Fish Eagle, Okavango Delta, Mark A Fernley

ON THE LOOKOUT

African fish eagle captured in frame as he lands on a small mound of grass overlooking the fish in a silent pool of water, here in the great Okavango Delta, Botswana. 

SHALLOW WATERS
 

Here a young female elephant treads the muddy waters of Hwange National park located west of Zimbabwe. With harsh black and muddy water, I get to capture this uniquely painted individual as she enjoys her ability to cool off.   

Elephant In The Water, Manapools, Mark A Fernley
Male Lion, Chobe National Park, Mark A Fernley

FLEHMEN

As this outstanding male lion gets up from the ground here in Chobe National Park, I capture the moment he smalls the female to check she is on heat.

Oxpecker on Cape Buffalo, Mark A Fernley

LIFE OF AN OXPECKER

Oxpecker looks into the distance for predators after feasting on a buffalo's back for ticks and other parasites here in the barren lands of Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana.

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