Spring is upon us and as much as it doesn’t look like it just yet the signs are definitely there to be seen if you look for them. The first of the migratory birds have started to arrive, exciting times ahead with some friendly competition between ranger and tracker teams. Bragging rights are up for grabs and claims to be first to spot the new arrivals will become more frequent. The days have started to lengthen again as we head towards summer and the first rains are now the talk of the drying bush. The relief they bring to a long harsh winter are all soon to be a reality. The green flush and flood of young impala are distant memories soon to be refreshed. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves and rather enjoy the remaining weeks of the dry season.
Enjoy the week in pictures!
The tailless Tsalala lioness crosses a crest after successfully defending a kill from the Sparta pride.
An ancient dead Leadwood tree is silhouetted by the African night sky.
Beautiful colours as the day draws to a close.
Watchful eyes keep track of the Vomba young male as he slinks past a body of water.
The ever beautiful Lilac breasted Roller.
Life and death.
The puppies beg for a meal as the successful adults return from a hunt.
The only ostrich we see in the area may be getting a bit too lonely.
In and amongst the large trees that line the Maxabene, the Tamboti female closes the gap between her and a baby nyala, she wasn’t successful but it was an incredible scene.
A water monitor basks in the morning sun.
The unmistakable freckled nose of the Mashaba female.
Vigilant, one of the wild dogs keeps watch as the rest of the excited pack play with the pups.
Written and photographed by Simon Smit