I hope it never gets old saying this, but once again, another week of photographic splendour was had. And on that note, let’s get right into it…
The Plains Camp Male lions have enjoyed toying with a herd of buffalo that moved through the northern parts of the reserve. With the atmosphere being dry, moisture evaporating from the soil and dust in the air, some incredible scenes have been captured during sunset.
Birdlife has featured pretty highly this week in a diverse collection of some stunning colourful birds.
The wild dogs and their pups have continued to provide some top-quality viewing as the pups are spending the majority of the time outside of the den during the day, no longer only coming out when the adults call them out.
And lastly, quite an ironic and iconic sighting of the Plaque Rock Female leopard on the actual rock in which she was named after, Plaque Rock.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Two Young Plains Camp Male have been spending a fair amount of time on Londolozi. Growin in size and confidence, the next few months are going to be an interesting time whether they hang around a little longer and put pressure on the Northern Avoca Males and Birmingham Males, or whether they move on in search of a vacant territory.
Having now developed the full adult colouration the wild dog pups are no longer as soft and cuddly in appearance.
A Collared Sunbird searching for some of the last nectar in the flowers of the aloes as they are all now beginning to fruit.
Having endured the colder months of the winter the water temperatures have dropped, so in order to elevate their metabolic rate, crocodiles, who are cold blooded and have a body temperature that is very closely tied to that of their surroundings, pull themselves out of the water in order to bathe in the sun and warm up.
Little Bee-eaters are stunning birds often hunting from a perch to which they will most likely return after each attempt at catching their prey. From here they will either consumer their prey or scan the surrounding for the next potential victim.
The dry winter air has caused the soil to become dry and dusty. As this herd of two hundred Buffalo moves through the open grassy crests the cloud of dust is illuminated by the golden setting sun in the background.
One of the Plains Camp Males makes the first attempt on a buffalo that was lagging behind the herd. Almost successful in this attempt, luckily for this buffalo, it managed to get away with not just a few pretty serious claw marks on its rump but its life.
Unsuccessful in the first attempt the young males had lost the element of surprise and the buffalo was able to get away.
A magnificent Giant Kingfisher female perches on a rock alongside the watercourse of the Sand River, keeping a close eye out for any fish lurking near the surface.
The Plaque Rock Female settles herself down on the iconic Plaque Rock of Londolozi. This wide-angle image captures part of the setting sun on the western horizon while featuring the stunning leopard atop the boulders.
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
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Having just finished nursing from their mother the pups lick their lips before beginning a bout of play.
An aggressive display from a large hippo bull as he thrashes his head around in a wide yawn. Displays of dominance to ward off any intruders or rivals.
Intrigued by the movement within the vehicle the Picadilly Female’s cub stare was fixated on us.
Golden-breasted Bunting stands out as the stark contrast between the brightly coloured front of the bird against the dark soil of the banks of a mud wallow on which it is perched.
Two of the wild dog pups glance down at a sibling from the entrance to the den.
Yes, it is certainly going to be an interesting time ahead. The Plains Camp males are growing and with the vacant western region of Londolozi I am sure they will hang around for a little longer.