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It’s getting colder, and the animals are feeling it too, as on some of the more chilly mornings things only start getting active after the African sunrises have left the sky and the suns warmth can be felt. This is just about the same time to start to remove one or two of your warm layers. There have been misty mornings, incredible sunsets and the beautiful colours of the Impala Lilly – one of the prominent flowers of winter in the bush. The Tamboti female is mating again, and this morning the rangers heard a mating pair of leopards in the thickets in the north. While Nanga may have lost her cub recently, the prospects remain promising for the future of Londolozi’s leopards.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Dudley Riverbank young female is just over three years old, and while it appears her mother is no-longer territorial, the youngster seems to have taken over a large chunk of her mother’s territory. 1/640, f5.0, ISO 400
Leopards seem to have an almost ethereal aura about them at night. A photo like this epitomizes their mystical status. 1/160, F5.0, ISO 1600
Usain Bolt would not be the sprinter he is without the spikes on his shoes, and the same can be said for the cheetah, the fastest living mammal. Whilst certainly not as adept at climbing trees as leopards, they nevertheless often make us of low perches to scan for prey and danger or prey, giving one an eye-level view of their claws. 1/4000, F5.6, ISO 800
An aggressive hiss like this is the most a cheetah can really hope to do against a hyena. Hyenas are far stronger and tougher animals than cheetahs, and with their powerful jaws could easily inflict a life-threatening injury. a delicate sprinting machine like a cheetah cannot afford to have any injury that might impact its running ability. 1/800, F5.6, ISO 640
The relief is palpable on this cheetah’s face as it watches its adversary move away. 1.800, f5.6, ISO 640
Misty mornings. Enough of a reason to appreciate the bush. Despite the often frigid temperatures, it is special just to sit in the dawn and listen to the birds. 1/4000, F4.0
The Lowveld’s smallest carnivore, the dwarf mongoose. They often make use of termite mounds for a night’s home, emerging in the dawn to warm themselves as the sun comes up before heading out to forage through the day. 1/250, F5.6, ISO 400
It is not often that one gets such a clear view of a pearl-spotted owlet. If you look closely you can just make out one of the false-eyes that these little birds have at the back of their heads to confuse potential predators. 1/60, F/16, ISO 200
An early-flowering Impala lily/Sabie Star. These beautiful plants add a splash of colour to what can otherwise be a drab winter landscape, but their beauty belies their dangerous nature, as their latex is used as a traditional arrow poison. 1/800, F5.6, ISO 100
A tail can be a useful instrument to swat flies, and is often the only movement from a leopard while it sleeps away the hotter hours of the day. 1/30, F5.6, ISO 200
Two giraffe bulls wade across the Sand River at sunset. 1/4000, F6.3, ISO 400
Lion in repose. There is nothing so quintessentially Africa as a male lion spotlit in the darkness. I/125, F4.0, ISO 600
An unusual take on a male lion yawning in the refection of some of the remaining water as he prepares to get active in the evening. 1/1000, F4.0, ISO 600
The Tamboti female, after losing her litter of two a few months ago, is looking to reproduce again as she mates with the Piva male. 1/800, f4,0, ISO 640
A white rhino bull slowly approaches one of his many middens in order to defecate on it to mark his territory. 1/500, f4.0, ISO 400
Don defines the quintessential success story in guide development. Having limited experience in the bush or photography when starting at Londolozi, his years here have been a meteoric rise to prominence, and his understanding of the bush and wildlife around him as well ...