Looking through this week’s diverse and remarkable selection of images – one can begin to see the flush of green making an appearance as the new shoots of grass push through the desiccated growth of last summer. The contrast of dry tawny brown through to bright green makes for some great photography opportunities, and of course, the wildlife came to the party too.
Predators definitely feature strongly this week with some great shots of leopards, lions and their cubs. We were fortunate enough to have had a rare sighting of a mother cheetah and her two very young cubs. Cheetah cubs are incredibly special to see and something definitely worth raving about. They were found in the far southern parts of the reserve, but are extremely hard to find due to the way they blend into the grass so well – making them camouflage.
We are also thrilled to announce the introduction of 14 Ostrich chicks, we can confidently say that this week’s theme should be along the lines of all the ‘new life’ with the amount of offspring which feature in today’s post.
We had some great contributions this week from Jess, Robbie, Chris, Kyle, and Barry, who are all upping the photographic game at Londolozi.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Ximungwe Female’s young male cub is drawn into a rustle in the grass. He soon discovered that it was a terrapin walking through trying to find a puddle of water. We all could not hear it but only saw what was happening by following his gaze. I love taking photos of this cub as he has the most beautiful eye spot in his left eye, making him so unique.
Wading through a small waterhole this Saddle-billed Stork is on the prowl for any treats hidden in the mud; crustaceans, tadpoles, frogs and small fish.
The Cub of the Ximungwe Female peaks over the branch of a tree in which his mother had stashed an impala carcass. It is usually the spot patterns that we use in order to identify the individual leopards, however, in this situation we can clearly see the birthmark in the cub’s left eye helping to confirm that it is in fact him.
Dainty yet deadly. The paws of a leopard appear delicate and gentle, but beneath the surface is a set of fiercely sharp retractable claws that can be sprung into action in a split second.
A Sub-adult Lioness from the Ntsevu Pride pauses after quenching her thirst.
A watchful mother cheetah keeps an eye out for any danger while she and her two young cubs feed on an impala ram she had just caught.
A playful and inquisitive cheetah cub abandoned the long grass, where its long fur aids its camouflage, to investigate what was on the road.
It’s all fun and games amongst young lions. Not really a worry in the world when mum is around. They know they are safe, have food on tap, and the best playmates one could ask for. Here two cubs chase each other up and down, tackling and wrestling with each other.
The two Plains Camp Males scan the surrounds for any sign of intruders that may have been drawn in by the ruckus of them taking down an injured zebra.
A portrait of the Ximungwe Female as she perches upon a fallen tree. Her mischievous cub playing in the grass nearby caught her attention.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
A Pied Kingfisher hovers against the backdrop of a crystal-clear blue sky. Head held dead-still fixated on any small fish beneath, to which the Kingfisher will dive down beak first in an attempt to catch the fish.
The Ximungwe Female perches atop an old fallen Knobthorn in the late afternoon light.
The newest addition to the Ostrich family are 14 tiny chicks, shepherded by both parents through a fresh flush of green grass after some very recent rains.
During territorial patrols, leopards will seek out prominent features such as trees, bushes, shrubs, stumps, rocks in which to leave an olfactory indicator to any passers-by that there is in fact a dominant leopard in the area. Here the Nweti Male makes use of a marula tree that had been pushed over by an elephant as the perfect spot on which to rub the scent from glands in his face.
He is a large, tall, and long male that has an incredible coat and a tuft of hair on his neck
In the efforts to keep this carcass out of the reach of the opportunistic jaws of hyenas, the Nkoveni Female works out the best angle for hoisting a sizeable impala kill into a marula tree.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
A while later, one of the Nkoveni Female’s Cubs gazes up at its sibling who was busy feeding on the impala carcass. Highlighted beautifully by the morning light catching its coat!
A very impressive looking Plain’s Camp Male gazes at a few hyenas in the distance, who had come to investigate the smell of zebra carcass that these males were responsible for.
Roughly three weeks old, one of the newest additions to the Ntsevu pride, snarls at its siblings who were busy suckling. Fierce, but cute!
The strikingly vibrant bill of the Yellow-billed Oxpecker stands out on a bird that is otherwise very drab bird.
Capturing a gentle moment with this giant. This female elephant was resting while her calf suckled. The soft light made this a perfect moment to get a shot of her eyes in the light.
Stormy Sunset. As the clouds rolled over the land, there was a brief moment when the sun managed to break through creating this gloomy look that was emphasised by the dead Knobthorn tree.
A Ntsevu Sub-adult Male drinks from the Sand River. The dappled light fell perfectly on his golden eyes, emphasising how special this scene was.