“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you”. – Frank Lloyd Wright
The impala rut continues and the Leopards of Londolozi have been taking full advantage of this, with the Nkoveni and Mashaba females as well as the 4:4 male all being found on impala ram kills in the last 24 hours. The quiet showing of other individuals in the last two days leads us to suspect that a number of the other individuals will also be secreting kills in thickets and drainage lines and have not been moving around as much. The selection of images below should give you a good idea of what these cats have been up to in the last week or so though.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Impalas fighting for dominance. ISO 1000, F4.5, 1/6400.
The Nanga female approaching the Anderson male. ISO 800, F4.0, 1/2000.
The Nanga female presenting herself to the Anderson male. ISO 800, F4.0, 1/1600.
The Anderson male steering clear of the Nanga female’s claws. ISO 800, F4.0, 1/2000.
The Anderson male surveying his territory from a marula tree. ISO 640, F4.5, 1/1000.
The darker maned Matimba male lion close up. ISO 400, F4.5, 1/200.
The Tsalala cubs testing their mother’s patience. ISO 640, F4.5, 1/1000.
A Tsalala cub practises its grooming techniques. ISO 800, F4.5, 1/1600.
A Matimba male lion awakening in the late afternoon. ISO 400, F3.5, 1/6400.
A young hyena explores the area around the clan’s den. ISO 1250, F3.5, 1/1600.
The Mashaba female with the full moon rising behind her. ISO 2000, F5.0, 1/100.
ISO 2000, F5.0, 1/100.
The Mashaba female and her daughter resting in the warm early morning sunlight. ISO 640, F4.5, 1/2000.
The Mashaba young female entertained us by playing up in a tree. ISO 800, F3.5, 1/1000.
A breeding herd of elephants move swiftly towards a water hole for an evening drink. ISO 800. F2.8, 1/10000.