First up, the answer to the bird challenge from a few days ago is Zitting Cisticola.
As James said it is a very nondescript bird and when it is not calling one can easily confuse it with a few similar looking species. This one had been collecting spider web as nesting material and it was fascinating to see its unique nest (post coming out on the nest next week).
Now onto what’s been happening this last week.
The Ntsevu pride have spent the last couple of days in the central parts of the reserve. Yesterday afternoon they were found resting near a waterhole and as the afternoon progressed a herd of buffalo came down to drink. They immediately sprung into action and chased the lead buffalo but it was a rather half-hearted attempt and in no time at all they were back at the waterhole and resting again.
The Styx Pride has been very interesting to follow over the last week as they are a pride that we have not had many sightings of in previous months. They have been seen on both sides of the Sand River on wildebeest and kudu kills and we are hoping to catch a sight of them actually crossing the river as it is quite full at the moment and would make for incredible viewing.
As for leopards, the Flat Rock male was seen early one morning patrolling a part of his territory in the north of the reserve. Interestingly, he has been seen quite a bit in the north which has led us to speculate whether all the competition in the south between the Senegal Bush, Inyathini, Maxim’s and Mawelawela males, all of which were viewed this last week, has seen him shifting his territory a bit further afield. The Finfoot female was also found this morning and she seems to be doing well with her newfound independence.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A herd of buffalo approaching the waterhole grabbed this Ntsevu lionesss’ attention. Together with her sisters she made an attempt to hunt one but the herd were quick to react and group together for protection.
Exploring the north one morning I found the Xinzele female on a termite mound as the sun was rising and it made for a breathtaking silhouette.
A small female often found in NW Marthly. Similar spot pattern to her mother the Ingrid Dam Female.
A very special view of a Pearl Spotted Owlet out in the open in broad daylight.
One of the Birmingham Males sits still listening for any sounds in the night that may inspire him to move.
A herd of elephants stick close together as they walk down the road towards us.
The Xinzele Female stares at an advancing Hyena that was moving behind our vehicle.
A young impala ram stands attentively with rolling hills behind, accentuated by early morning mist.
The Finfoot female leopard watches us lazily while resting. She had been followed by a hyena to the edge of a thicket line where she settled to sleep. Having a very full belly, we suspect she had just finished a large meal.
An African fish eagle launches itself off a dead tree from where it had been perched with its partner. Fish eagles form monogamous pairs that establish territories – in this case along the banks of the Sand River close to the Londolozi camps.
Behind the scenes; Kevin Power and James Souchon photograph the Ntsevu pride on a golden afternoon.
A panoramic stitched image of a late afternoon scene in the south-western parts of Londolozi.
A Hamerkop stands patiently in the flowing water of the Sand River, waiting for small fish to jump upstream. By slowing the shutter of the camera down, the flowing water becomes a wonderful smooth pattern.
The Nkuwa Female at sunset. She has started to establish a territory in the north-western parts of the reserve.
One of the Ntsevu youngsters tries to muscle its way into a wildebeest kill that the pride had made.
A Cape Turtle Dove comes down to the water’s edge in the early evening to drink, completely oblivious to the lioness sitting on the bank next to her as seen in the reflection.
We were lucky to find these rhinos sleeping at the top of a rise in the road which gave us a great opportunity to get an eye-level view of them.