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The art of tracking

By ColleenA
Good morning all...
Thank you for the great response to yesterdays sunrise....glad the ladies liked the Ranger's behindGrinGrin

A huge thank you to Kathryn (kathrynlouise) for her UA for my lioness/cub upload from Wednesday

Something different today....a behind the scenes look at how the Tracker and Ranger look for animals. Everyday when you leave on a game drive, you have two options....drive endlessly in the hope you find something on the dirt tracks or you track them. Our tracker is one of the best trackers around, he sits on the front of the vehicle continually looking for signs of animal prints in the sand. Once he has picked up fresh tracks, We then can spend as much as two hours tracking the leopard/lion/cheetah until we find them. Mostly we have to go off track through thick bush trying to look for them and then we dont always get the opportunity for good photographs as the animals stay hidden or walk off into thicker bush. Sometimes the lion are sleeping and and dont get up. We do not harass the animals at all. The ranger does not drive into their space but they are know to come into ours if they feel relaxed with us.

Todays image is one of the Ranger and tracker looking at the tracks trying to figure out if the animals turned left or right into the bush. I loved the soft morning light... I will upload versions of our Ranger Garteth in the bush with his rifle looking for the lions, the tracker Loderick walking alone in the bush ...fearless... and then some images of us off track looking for the lions and lastly we found the lions but bad photo opportunity after 2 hours
TGIF

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
13 Sep 2013 6:40AM
Two interesting images, Colleen, together with an excellent explanation. The guy in V2 reminds me very much of Prince Edward Smile Carol

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S_Psharma 4 1 India
13 Sep 2013 6:42AM
Super images first one is the best.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
13 Sep 2013 6:50AM
Good morning Colleen !! I like the feel of your photos - really miss it so much !! Did you wake the two lions up and so they looked for another place to sleep undisturbed Smile
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:18AM
Very interesting images and write up Colleen. Smile

Carol
13 Sep 2013 7:20AM
Your description is straight out of King Solomon's Mines.
I'm going to look at your other pictures of the Ranger's trousers now.
However, V1 gives a good idea of the track in that area and good light, too.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 72 14 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:20AM
Another great set of images Colleen, great introSmile


Cliff
13 Sep 2013 7:27AM
Great set of images Colleen and nice interesting read to accompany them GrinGrin

Kathryn
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:43AM
What a fabulous documentary set. I love versions 5 & 6. V5 is the 'find the lions' puzzle and demonstrates just how well camouflaged they are, V6 shows how they just don't perform to order, and why on earth should they? I am dull of admiration for your trackers' skills.
jdinne 13 16 England
13 Sep 2013 7:52AM
Great set of informative images Colleen and a great narrative.

John
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:53AM
A great set of images.
I hope I can do as well as you..

Dave
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
13 Sep 2013 7:53AM
What a superb set of images from 'behind the scenes' as it were, giving a taste of what goes into the business of tracking wild animals, and finally the successful outcome.
Each shot is carefully taken and of interest in itself, but it is the set that commands praise.
And what a wonderful experience to have been a part of, one that I can only imagine in my dreams.
Ronnie.
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:54AM
A superb set of images Colleen. Well done
Jim
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 8:01AM
Very interesting captures, excellent.
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 8:03AM
Great images, fascinating insight from your writeup and images.
Nigel
13 Sep 2013 8:08AM
Interesting set Colleen,
Fred.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
13 Sep 2013 8:17AM
A day in the life of.... Grin What a wonderful experience and very well recorded, Colleen.

Dave
13 Sep 2013 8:19AM
Wonderful Colleen, V2 looks like Prince William with more hair. V7 is what we saw when we woke up in the morning in Kinga, a lonely beach in the centre north of Mozambique. Our "guard, armed with a spear only" told us not to worry "lion doesn't eat where he sleeps". (You could ask your tracker if this is true, too late now to worry though".
The images are fantastic as they give us an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
Harriet
CDSINUK 4 223 England
13 Sep 2013 9:12AM
really nice images Colleen, such gorgeous light over there, feels like i'm there too, great images Smile
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 9:18AM
On the trail a interesting set of images well done Colleen.Smile
Regards John.
13 Sep 2013 11:10AM
one day I must do this fine set Colleen

Graham GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Have a good weekend
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 11:23AM
Wonderful to get all the background information - when we see these amazing images, I guess
many of don't stop to think how they came about.
The trackers are very brave indeed ( are there many fatalities?).
I love V3 just as a lovely harmonious image.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 11:43AM
A great set here Colleen, showing what it is all about
and more important...how it should be and experienced
Love the collection but them chilled out for me
Lillian
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 12:10PM
Superb set of image Colleen

Hugh
13 Sep 2013 12:14PM
What an interesting life you lead, Colleen!
A excellent and informative set of images.

Richard

Quote:What a superb set of images from 'behind the scenes' as it were, giving a taste of what goes into the business of tracking wild animals, and finally the successful outcome.
Each shot is carefully taken and of interest in itself, but it is the set that commands praise.
And what a wonderful experience to have been a part of, one that I can only imagine in my dreams.
Ronnie.[/quote

perfectly expressed by Ronnie Grin .... Amazing set Colleen GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

13 Sep 2013 1:10PM
Great shots Colleen, but are you going to tell us which one of them is the owner of the rather nice bum from yesterday's V5?
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
13 Sep 2013 1:25PM
Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger
This is a wonderful and fascinating set of images Colleen. Lucky you to be on this trip and safari.

Peter
13 Sep 2013 2:43PM

Quote:Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger


Thanks for that 'behind' the scenes information Colleen. Unfortunately I'm going to have to stand by my comment of yesterday and say the bum shot is the better angle!! Still it's always nice to put a face to the backside!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
13 Sep 2013 2:54PM
Something different here Colleen with the animals being tracked !!
Good set.
Mick.
13 Sep 2013 3:11PM
Great set Colleen and love the write up. Cathy
xwang 7 55 8
13 Sep 2013 3:46PM
Wonderful set.. beautiful light and colour. It looked that the 4 legged ones had been tracked down...
moiral 6 12 Scotland
13 Sep 2013 3:50PM
Interesting narrative and set of shots Colleen. Your ranger in V2 can come tracking me anytime TongueBlush.
Guess tha animals were not in the mood for visitors that day. You are right too, the early morning light is beautiful.
Moira
13 Sep 2013 4:30PM
Interesting images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
all super images very well done.


billy
13 Sep 2013 4:50PM
Beautiful and interesting images, Colleen!
George
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 5:27PM
Interesting shots & its V6 for me.
Ju
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 5:34PM
Great shots and love the info Colleen, keep them comingSmileSmileSmile
Brian
13 Sep 2013 5:48PM

Quote:Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger


I don't suppose he'll be a Lone Ranger for long.
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 6:34PM
A fascinating story.Smile

ivor
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:17PM

Quote:Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger


Really?....... The shot yesterday didnt do him justice, get him to reposeWinkGrinGrin
Diane
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:31PM
Interesting shots and write up.
Mike_Smith Plus
9 314 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:31PM
Cracking set of pictures Colleen, it shows how pictures can tell a story. Your ranger does carry a rifle, i suppose he will need to out there with all the wild animals. When i was a child i can still remember now all i wanted to do was go to Africa on safari, i had all the books with the wildlife in them etc, i still have a few now
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 7:51PM
Beautiful images Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
13 Sep 2013 8:10PM
A great and interesting set ColleenSmile
NettaSmile
Potra 3 Venezuela
13 Sep 2013 10:20PM
This is so exciting Colleen! I loved the narrative and the last picture is so cool!
M
Some lovely captures on this safari. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.
14 Sep 2013 8:42AM
Very interesting set,Colleen!Smile
I've never been at safariSad
Regards Valery
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
15 Sep 2013 9:34PM
a very interesting report! I have seen aboriginals do it, but never sitting on the bonnet of a toyota!
and v1 is well framed by these beautiful trees.

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