Recently it has been very hard to explore too far into the reserve because a lot of the action has been happening right around the lodges each day. This last week has seen large herds of elephants walking through the riverbed in front of the lodge decks, feeding and drinking, on an almost daily basis. The Tsalala Pride fed on a wildebeest that they caught not too far from the airstrip. The Nkoveni Female leopard has been seen moving to and from her den site – a lucky few have even caught a glimpse of her cubs – and the Flat Rock male has been seen mating with a female leopard for the last few days.
This morning that same mating pair were found at the entrance to Pioneer Camp and a number of different Rangers and their guests managed to see them mating as they meandered upstream on the banks of the Sand River. We know which female he has been mating with but we thought it would be fun if we posed a little challenge to you to see who could identify which female it is. Visit our Specialized leopards website at leopards.londolozi.com and see if you can get work out which female it is.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Flat Rock Male lies up on the banks of the Sand River as the female he has been mating with for the last few days lies up behind him. Can you identify her in the next picture? 1/500 at f/4,5; ISO 100
The female tries to attract the attention of the Flat Rock Male early this morning. Go to leopards.londolozi.com and see if you can identify which female this is. Be sure to post your answer in the comments section below. 1/400 at f/5,0; ISO 100
Cheetahs will often look to climb onto elevated vantage points, such as this fallen over Marula Tree, in order to scan across the area they are moving through, whether it be to look for prey or any threats that may be in the area. 1/200 at f/5,0; ISO 400
A lone bull hippo in his own watering hole opens his mouth wide, showing off his interesting dental structure. The two big incisors you see at the bottom serve no purpose for feeding, instead he uses this for attack and defence against rival bulls. 1/1600 at f/5,6; ISO 400
The Nweti Male leopard is often seen to the west of Londolozi. This last week he killed an Impala Ram and hoisted it into a large Jackalberry tree. 1/1000 at f/5,0; ISO 400
The Flat Rock Male is being seen more and more often as he settles into the territory left vacant after the demise of the 4:4 Male. 1/50 at f/5,6; ISO 400
A Hyena cub pokes it’s head out of a new den site. There are four pups in the den at the moment and they are only about three months old at this stage. 1/60 at f/5,6; ISO 400
It’s always great to appreciate the small things like this exquisitely coloured Dice Moth. 1/30 at f/5,6; ISO 400
An inquisitive baby elephant gives us the stare without leaving the safe vicinity of it’s mother. 1/200 at f/5,0; ISO 400
We all have that one friend! 1/250 at f/10; ISO 400
A flock of Red-Billed Oxpeckers sit on the back of a buffalo. Notice how the juvenile Oxpeckers lack the red beak that the adults have. 1/160 at f/9,0; ISO 100
Sunset over Camp Dam just outside Varty Camp. 1/15 at f/5,0; ISO 800
Alex Jordan was much quicker with his camera than me when it came to capturing this shot. We had an incredible sighting of a Burchell’s Starling feeding a Great Spotted Cuckoo. The cuckoo is a brood parasite which means the adult bird will lay its eggs in the nest of a host species (in this case the Burchell’s Starling). When the eggs hatch, the starling treats the cuckoo as if it were one of its own and will rear it until it becomes independent. This cuckoo must have just left the nest and was still reliant on the starling for food. 1/640 at f/8,0; ISO 500 Photograph by Alex Jordan