This week has proven to be a fun one photographically as the summer weather provided us with some different opportunities. Apart from the big cats that Londolozi is so famous for, there was also plenty of bird and reptile activity, small seasonal waterholes that filled up, gorgeous greenery and beautiful light. I hope you enjoy my selection.
The Tamboti female watches a herd of impala intensely from the cover of a thicket. Despite all the effort she was unsuccessful with this hunting attempt.
A water thick-knee rests at the edge of a waterhole. These birds have huge eyes in relation to their body size, which aids them while they move about mostly at night.
A Tsalala lioness cleans herself after finishing up the remains of a wildebeest. This pride has been moving very large distances in the last week – making this kill was well deserved.
An elephant bull reaches out for his desired branch on a Marula tree. Despite the Marula fruit not being quite ripe yet, we are finding a lot it in the dung of elephants around Londolozi at the moment.
A Tsalala lioness helps to clean up the hard to reach places on this youngster.
A young elephant crosses the Sand River to join up with the rest of the herd. Summer is in full swing and its fantastic to have so much water flowing past the camp.
Summer time means soaring temperatures by mid morning and this resourceful Tsalala lioness decided to to use the shade of our vehicle to cool down in, allowing me this close up of her beautiful eyes.
A different angle on the prehistoric crocodile seen surfing in the Sand River at night.
A reflection of two wild dogs playing with each other around a pan in the late afternoon. Some of the dogs are even prone to taking a dip in pans like these to cool off.
A brown snake eagle takes off to search for its next meal. Some of its favourite prey include snakes, chameleons and lizards.
A young elephant cavorts around our vehicle. By tossing his ears and trunk around he tried to intimidate us rather unsuccessfully.
A wild dog runs through a field of flowers during an afternoon hunt.
The Gowrie male scans his surroundings from a top a termite mound allowing me to capture his yellow eyes that help to make him so distinctive.
A rock monitor flicks its forked tongue, essentially ‘tasting’ the air around it. This will help the monitor to locate food, find females and stay safe from other predators.
A red-billed oxpecker combs through the coat of a giraffe helping to rid the giraffe of ticks.
One of the young Tsalala males affectionately greets the tailless female. She lost to her tail to a hyena a few years ago.
A group of wildebeest stand guard as the Piva male passes by. The wildebeest would watch, snort alarm and jog to keep up with the leopard so as to be sure of the exact position of the threat.
Two of the Styx youngsters play on a cool drizzly morning. This sort of play will help to better equip them for the time when they will have to help the rest of the pride hunt.
Written and Photographed by: Amy Attenborough