Latest hide action from photographer Mike Dexter

Mashatu‘s exclusive photographic hides offer professional and novice photographers the opportunity to get really close to the animals that frequent the area, while being offered the protection of a hide, producing fantastic photographs!

Mike Dexter, of C4 Images & Safaris, shares the latest action from the main photographic hide:

Impala drinking at first light - Mike Dexter

Impala drinking at first light - Mike Dexter

The early morning means two things for photographers; beautiful light and still water for great reflections.

Close-up of elephant's foot - Mike Dexter

Close-up of elephant's foot - Mike Dexter

The elephants come so close to the hide at times, that you don’t need a long lens to get a shot like this. This individual was no more that a metre away.

Blue Waxbill - Mike Dexter

Blue Waxbill - Mike Dexter

The waterhole attracts a great variety of wildlife, and this colourful individual is one of the smaller residents.

An excited calf dashes for the waterhole - Mike Dexter

An excited calf dashes for the waterhole - Mike Dexter

The baby elephant is running towards the water after a long, thirsty walk. He didn’t seem to be able to hold back, as he left the rest of the herd behind in a cloud of dust in his excitement and anticipation of the cool fresh water!

Elephants at the waterhole - Mike Dexter

Elephants at the waterhole - Mike Dexter

Tree squirrel - Mike Dexter

Tree squirrel - Mike Dexter

The tree squirrel is a common, and curious, character at the hide. It’s movements are lightening-fast, so it can be difficult to photograph, but occasionally one will hold still for long enough for us to get a shot like this.

Elephant procession - Mike Dexter

Elephant procession - Mike Dexter

Elephants approach the waterhole in single file. They often walk in this fashion along well-worn paths, that may be used for hundreds of years. Many new elephant paths leading to and from the hide have formed over the last 12 months.

Hyena stare - Mike Dexter

Hyena stare - Mike Dexter

Hyena’s love water, and there’s nothing like an early morning dip after a long night out. They are usually quite inquisitive, as can be seen in this image.

Mike Dexter.



8 Responses to “ “Latest hide action from photographer Mike Dexter”

  1. Nadege says:

    Mike is so talented and must be so patient. What great results! A delight for the eyes!

  2. Lisa Lockwood says:

    Hi Mike. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for hosting me well in the hide. Arriving home I was pleased to find all my photo files readable, so could you please delete them from the computer in ‘pictures’. Your photos here are very special and I have a lot to learn but telling everyone about the hide experience, especially camera friends so sending more Aussies your way. Please follow your vision of your special photo in that hide with water as I would like to see it featured here. Best wishes for the New Year. Lisa.

  3. Peter says:

    Hi Mike,
    Some fantastic photos congrats they are special.
    I’m off to main camp next week and was wondering if you had any news updates on the cats, lions with cubs and leopard with cubs.
    Thx
    Peter

  4. Peter says:

    Hi Mike, can you update us on the weather. Meant to be coming up this weekend. Desperate for a quick update. Thx

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