First things first. The mystery bird featured in last week’s post was a Sabota Lark.
Now for this week. Rain. More of it. Thankfully almost all of the big rains we received over the last week were overnight, and for the most part we stayed nice and dry on game drive. Wet conditions on the ground still limited our off-roading, and drizzle here and there did unfortunately make me leave my camera snug and dry in its case, but the clouds broke occasionally to allow for some photographic opportunities.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The dark-maned Majingilane roars his dominance over the Tsalala Pride. This was an unusual sighting in that he was roaring late in the morning, past 9 am, a time when – particularly in summer – most lions have settled in to snooze for the day.
One of the Tsalala cubs investigates the lower jaw of a hippo at Nyelethi Pan. The hippo in question may have been killed by a rival male. He was found being fed on by the Mhangeni pride.
A magnificent white rhino in the open areas. An impressive specimen, this is a large cow.
One of the Mhangeni cubs tires of playing with its siblings and approaches its mother for some affection.
A woodland kingfisher. The day is coming when we’ll be seeing the last of these beautiful birds for the months of winter.
The female cheetah and her two offspring on the remains of a steenbok kill they had just made right in front of us. Now that the sub-adults have separated from the adult female, it is doubtful we’ll be enjoying sightings like this of three cheetahs together anymore.
Kudu females out in the open. It is nice to get such a clear view of these beautiful animals, who spend a lot of their time in thicketed areas.
The Mashaba young female surveys what is technically the domain of her mother. An amazing leopard to spend time with, this young female, with all the exuberance of youth, spends a lot of her time playing in the branches of marula trees for the sheer delight of it.
The same photo in a black and white conversion.
This summer’s crop of young impalas are showing signs of their developing maturity, and the young males are already sprouting horns.
A rather bedraggled Majingilane after a heavy downpour.
Also the Mashaba young female, this time in the boughs of a dead knobthorn tree. Photo by Don Heyneke.
The Tsalala Cubs line up to quench their thirst from a rainwater puddle.
ANOTHER photo of the Mashaba young female. Leopards spend less time in trees than many people think, but a young leopard like this, with lots of energy and a much lighter frame to hoist up into the branches, is far more likely to be found in the treetops than bigger, older individuals.
Although not as prevalent in summer as in winter, the elephants are still here. We enjoyed a wonderful sighting of this herd, the highlight being this little calf trying to sneak a drink as his mother slowly grazed past the front of our vehicle.
Photographed by James Tyrrell and Don Heyneke
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