After celebrating The Week in Pictures #500 last week and all that went into it, we are so grateful that this week we can share with you another amazing photographic week. Having a number of entries to choose from with the rangers competing to get their pictures featured, the wildlife has made the photographers’ lives easier but ours more difficult.
From the Birmingham Males roaming the reserve and the sounds of rival males roars throughout the nights, an interesting time for the lion dynamics is soon upon us.
The Picadilly Female and her elusive youngster spent some time along the Sand River opposite Tree camp with an impala kill, having hoisted it into one of those trees that every ranger wishes to see a leopard in. A beautiful Jackalberry tree with the most stunning horizontal branches, providing the perfect place to rest throughout the day.
Let’s not forget the wild dogs and their pups, as they continue to grow rapidly in size and adventurous spirits along with a variety of other pictures portraying this spectacular time of the year.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Resting up in the most spectacular Jackalberry tree, the Picadilly Female and her cub had an impala carcass stached. She was taking the time to rest on the most ideal horizontal branch and survey the surroundings.
Late one afternoon as we were sitting at the causeway a flock of Guinea Fowl came trotting down for a drink.
The older-looking Birmingham Male’s condition is definitely on the decline however he is still an impressive-looking male.
The Picadilly female casually keeping an eye on us as she rests throughout the middle part of the day.
After a successful hunt, the wild dogs were on their way back to the den with this male leading the way.
As we now approach the peak of the dry season the vegetation has become a lot more fibrous which prompts the herbivores to drink more often. In this particular case, we spotted a small herd of zebra making a bee-line for a watering hole and decided to sit and wait for them to approach us. Our patience paid off when three from the herd lined up beautifully with their reflections in the water.
The wild dog pups, now nearly sporting their full adult coloration are growing in confidence. They have such a pleasure to watch and we look forward to the next adventure alongside them.
A mother rhino, with a spectacular front horn, lifts her head into the afternoon light for a brief moment while feeding. Her calf, who was just less than a year old, was off to her right. It often is the case that female rhinos have a longer, but more slender horns than males.
An impressive Kudu bull seen out in the open is an unusual sight as they are often found in the thicker vegetation. With the setting sun in the background, this made for an ideal photographic opportunity as the sunlight illuminates his mane and accentuates the spiraled horns.
A lone zebra quenches his thirst in the late afternoon.
The late afternoon is a great time to sit at Rhino Dam – a small watering hole in the centre of the reserve which plays home to this magnificent hippo bull. As the temperatures begin to drop later in the day he starts to get restless in water and there’s a good chance you may see him in full display like this if you sit and wait for long enough.
During the wintertime, the aloes are in full bloom around camp. Providing great opportunities to capture some of the smaller life around camp. The bees during the winter period certainly take full advantage of these flowering aloes, collecting as much pollen as possible.
We came across a large rhino bull who stood still in the middle of the road with his head hung low to the ground. On closer inspection, we saw two oxpeckers near the nostril of the rhino. These two creatures have a symbiotic relationship as the oxpecker eats ticks and parasites out of the nostrils and other areas of the body while the rhino gets a free clean.
It started off as a cold and overcast morning as we made our way down into the deep southwestern grasslands of the reserve. A break in the clouds let the rays of light from the rising sun illuminate the eastern skyline creating this magnificent scene.
Well enjoying a fantastic Londolozi sundowner, we were kindly joined by a pack of wild dogs who were out and about on an evening hunt. We promptly packed everything away and followed the wild dogs for a while.