Sadly we’ve come to the end of our four-part series of guest Tony Goldman’s photos. One of the things that stood out for us is the variety of shots Tony managed to capture, from the biggest elephants down to the smallest sunbirds. That’s really what the bush is all about!
Enjoy Tony’s final gallery (for this visit)…
Steenboks are a favourite prey species of cheetahs at Londolozi. As wily as the small antelope are, dodging and weaving when fleeing, a cheetah at full speed is still incredibly manoeuvrable, and this female steenbok found that out to her cost.
A Birminghan male’s age is revealed by his teeth; stained yellow and slightly blunted.
A white rhino bull keeps his head low, following the scent trail of a female.
The Tatowa female and her latest cub, in probably one of the last sightings of the two leopards together. The fact that she has been seen mating with the skittish Mawelawela male in recent weeks is a worrying sign, as the cub might have been killed by this intruding male.
The once-dominant Inyathini male has been looking much the worse for wear of late, not actively scent marking like he once used to and confining his movements to discreet drainage lines. Could his reign be at an end?
White-bellied Sunbirds are common around the Londolozi camps, favouring aloes during their flowering season, and in particular the Knobthorn trees that abound along the slopes to the west of camp.
A hyena’s macabre grin, full of blood from a kill.
Yawning in big cats is a good sign; activity is imminent. One yawn is usually followed by a couple more before they get up and move, so be ready with your camera!
An Ntsevu cub crosses a shallow section of Sand River, close to where the pride was feeding on a buffalo they had killed.
A final leap brought it back to dry ground.
A rather impressive waterbuck bull. His torn ears are representative of advancing age; a trait seen across many species.
One of the Birmingham males peers through the Phragmites reeds of the Sand River. With the northern Avoca coalition pushing south into Londolozi in tandem with the Nkuhuma pride, how long can the two Birmingham males hold out?
A three month old hyena cub awaits its mother’s return at its den
At 21-strong, the Ntsevu pride remains – as far as we know – the largest pride in the Sabi Sand Reserve, but the Nkuhuma pride – which are being seen more regularly in northern Londolozi – are catching up, with apparently almost 20 members at full complement.
Red-billed Oxpeckers perched atop a rhino bull. One can see just how leathery a rhino’s skin is in this picture, but at least with a lack of fur, finding ticks much be must easier for the oxpeckers.