Londolozi guest Tony Goldman is back with yet another fantastic collection of images for our enjoyment.
Tony has been very generous in the past with the sharing of his photographs, and this time is no exception with his latest visit providing many highlights, from lion cubs to cheetahs, leopards, ostriches, wild dogs and a whole assortment of other creatures in between.
We will be running a series of Tony’s photo highlights over the next couple of weeks, so for now enjoy this first instalment…
Lionesses are surprisingly indulgent of young cubs, whose growing teeth can inflict painful bites. This Ntsevu cubs was inviting a swift cuff from its mother.
The lioness growls her displeasure at the cub’s biting of her tail.
The bush has many young rhinos trotting around it at the moment. The tiny stub on this one’s nose where a horn will eventually grow puts it at well under a year old.
Green-winged pytlias (formerly Melba Finch) are some of the more striking birds we see at Londolozi, but their habits of staying low down in the undergrowth and seldom perching out in the open means they are hard to spot. This is the male of the species, evident by his bright red facial markings.
This is the female pytilia, identifiable by her lack of red facial markings.
The young cub of the Nkoveni female scampers towards her mother.
And from a nearby termite mound, the Nkoveni female herself watches the cub approach. This leopard is just over 6 years old now, and it has been wonderful for some of the more long-standing rangers and trackers to see her grow from a tiny cub to embracing her role as a mother.
A young yellow-billed stork stares down from its tree-top perch.
A male giraffe bends right down to snatch a drink from a pan, while the ever-attendant oxpecker entourage continues their cleaning duties.
An elephant herd comes to drink from the Sand River just in front of the Granite Camp deck.
Purple rollers are slightly bigger than their lilac-breasted cousins, although not quite as striking in their colouration. The sharp hook at the end of this one’s beak is evidence of its carnivorous diet. The summer months see these birds preying largely on dung beetles.
Warm light hits a pair of rhinos that came down to drink in the cool of the late evening. The slight bulge at the base of the one on the right’s horn tells us it is a male. Females have a slightly more tapered horn.
The same pair from a slightly different angle.
Two bushbuck in the riparian fringes around camp listen intently towards the river. Leopards are often seen patrolling along the watercourse below camp, and the bark of the resident bushbuck regularly betrays their presence.
This vervet monkey was clearly surprised at something!