“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
Sir David Attenborough
Being amongst wildlife and immersing yourself in nature has a magical way of uplifting, healing and exciting you. It has certainly done just that for me over the week. My selection of images for this week has reaffirmed just how lucky I am to live and work in the environment that I do. For this I am extremely grateful.
Hopefully this week’s TWIP fills you with warmth, excitement and a source of visual beauty that certainly makes life worth living.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Nkoveni female with one of her young cubs. After a long hiatus, this leopard seems to be reclaiming territory on Londolozi, territory she previously ceded to her daughter the Plaque Rock female, and she is bringing her latest litter with her.
An immature Brown Snake Eagle scans the surrounds below as the full moon slowly descends in the background.
The Senegal Bush male focuses on a herd of impala which he ended up attempting to hunt, but he was unsuccessful.
Probably… actually, the most beautiful scene I’ve witnessed on a morning in my time here. This unbelievable misty morning created a contrast to most impressive sun rise.
Slightly behind their mother, the Nkoveni female’s cubs try catch up as one of them looks at a waterbuck in the distance.
A splash of sand to help regulate body temperatures as the day’s heat begun to settle in.
The Othawa male creates a feeling of eeriness and power with an upright stance as he stares ahead in back lit light.
A male Southern Red-billed Hornbill perched on a dead log catching the last of the day’s sun.
A young giraffe stares at our vehicle as the sun slowly peeks over the eastern koppies ahead.
After being robbed by a clan of twelve hyenas, the Nkuwa female watches as they finish off the remains of her kill.
We sat with Hyenas feeding on scraps of an impala ram, but it was the skies that got our attention as a tawny eagle circled above us.
An image that gets everybody excited; fresh tracks crossing the Sand River.
One of Africa’s most common bee-eaters at an estimated population of 60-86 million birds, yet every time one sees them, one can’t help but stop and admire their beauty.
The Mashaba female and Senegal Bush male mating. The Mashaba female has been seen courting a number of the territorial males in and around her territory so we are hopeful she delivers a litter soon.
A small dazzle of zebras in the south-western grasslands.
This image excites me as it was the first time in almost a year that I have seen the Tsalala pride. Seeing the bond between the Tsalala lioness and her now sub-adult offspring was wonderful to witness.
Silhouetted against the red and orange hues, an elephant slowly moves across a crest feeding as night approaches.
I’m thankful every time I get to see these animals in the wild. Here a bull scans his surrounds before he moved into the pan to cool off.
Most evening drives home can easily be made by seeing an owl. This particular Verreaux’s Eagle-owl was very relaxed as it allowed us to view it from only a few meters away.
A Giraffe takes time to drink as its body reflects perfectly against the stillness of the water.
The week of lionesses climbing trees. It has been an exciting seven days at Londolozi with fascinating behaviour as the Ntsevu females seem to be enjoying stealing kills from leopards by climbing trees. No complaints from those who have been witnessing it.
The Ximungwe female provides an iconic photo as she crosses the airstrip. We spent most of our morning following her; she led us in many different directions but it was all worth it when we got to capture this image and ultimately she was leading us to where she was keeping her cub.
Every time a lion roars and we are able to track and find it, it’s an incredible experience but finding the Othawa male is a bonus find, so magnificent is he. We are seeing this male more and more as he pushes further east into the central parts of Londolozi and recently, even further…