As promised – and we’re sure you’re as thrilled as we are – we have some more photos from talented photographer and Londolozi regular Graham Wood. It’s pretty clear that Graham has a particular penchant for leopards, but in actual fact he captures all of Londolozi’s wildlife beautifully, from the big to the small.
Enjoy Graham’s latest gallery…
The grass that has sprung up across the reserve over the last month has kickstarted the nesting of the weaver species. The Village weavers in particular – like the one pictured here – have been providing great photographic opportunities around the waterholes and Sand River.
The Makomsava female is probably the most prominent female leopard in northern Londolozi at the moment, with a fairly central territory that encompasses most of the areas that are regularly traversed by game drives. Her mother the Nanga female however, has gone from prominence to hardly being viewed at all, as she moved out to cede territory to her daughter.
The Quintessential leopard. The XImungwe female hoists and impala kill to safety.
The Ximungwe young male has up until now been heavily dependant on his mother, but with the glut of impala lambs currently on the reserve, it is likely that he will start making small kills of his own soon, if he hasn’t already.
Even before the rains arrive and the bush turns green, colourful migrants start flocking back in. One of the more spectacular is the male violet-backed starling, pictured here.
A close-up of the Makomsava female. Ageing, territorial disputes and hunting injuries have yet to give her the facial scars she will surely be gifted in later life.
An African wild dog test its balance on a fallen Knobthorn.
One of the Nhlanguleni young females, both of whom’s futures still remain uncertain. With their mother recently having birthed an as-yet-unseen litter of cubs, it is quite possible she will push out her previous litter, and the two females will have to seek territory elsewhere.
Another shot of the Makomsava female up in the canopy of a Jackalberry tree. Even before the full greens of summer have covered the reserve, one or two trees will be sporting a lush canopy, adding some colour to an otherwise drab landscape.
The Ximungwe female again, on the lookout from a termite mound as dusk falls and she comes into her element.