Within this weeks selection, we manage to capture a wide variety of unique sightings and interactions between animals. The landscape is transforming and colours changing before our eyes, as we have just had some more recent rains.
From the intertwining of giraffes necks as they practice necking, a huge group of impala at the water’s edge drinking, to a large hippo bull yawning and giving off a magnificent display. Or from the Male Lions of Londolozi in all their magnificence, pack of wild dogs chasing a herd of buffalo, to the interaction of a tiny leopard cub and its mother while resting on a stunning boulder.
This week it is difficult to choose a winner amongst the colours of the African Green Pigeon, the inquisitive nature of the Ximungwe Female’s Cub, or the textures of an elephant.
Another great photographic week from Dean, Kyle, Kirst, Tayla, and Nick.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Ximungwe Female’s cub is growing rapidly into a young male leopard. resting upon this large termite mound, he stares down into the camera lens while waiting for his mother to return.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
The tasty figs from the large knobbly fig tree near camp normally attract a lot of activity, this elephant being one of many visitors throughout the day I am sure.
These two male giraffes were practising their necking skills side by side.
The condition of the Birmingham Males at this stage is astounding. Still a formidable force and holding on to their territory, the younger-looking male is looking the best he has ever been.
A small herd of elephants walks across the northern end of the airstrip. Having just been past a waterhole, most of them were covered in a patch of mud in anticipation of the hot day ahead.
The swish of a leopard’s tail. The contrasting black and white make for a visible representation of intention. A lot of communication in leopards is done without speaking a word. Posture, the position of the ears and the tail indicate exactly what mood the individual is in and what their intentions are.
A side profile of a large bull, who had given us a great display.
An epic battle between two large male waterbuck for the rights to females, with two giraffes in the background.
The Ximunge female’s young male cub lies on a fallen tree.
The intensity of a male lion’s eyes fixated on you definitely demands your attention. The Northern Avoca Males were seen together this morning resting in the shade, after what we presume to have been an intense evening of territorial patrols. We could hear lions calling all throughout the night.
Under what carries these magnificent beasts lies what appears to be a delicate instrument, don’t be fooled!
A moment of love and affection between first time mother and her young cub. The Xinzele Female and her cub spend some time on the boulders at the den in the beautiful morning light.
A small female often found in NW Marthly. Similar spot pattern to her mother the Ingrid Dam Female.
Still, with a blue tinge to the iris in its eyes, the Xinzele Female’s cub is beginning to become more adventurous on the boulders and trees near the den.
Coming down to a large water hole is a nerve-racking time for any animal, especially the likes of impala. What could be waiting in ambush? A leopard lurking in the shadows? A pride of lions surrounding you? A stealthy crocodile hiding beneath the surface waiting to launch. All these are possible making for this unique shot with all of the impalas’ heads down at the same time. Although very skittish, they moved off very soon after this shot.
The textures and details of elephants make for fascinating subjects, a large female spent a while manipulating this spikey branch, stopping it from poking into her tongue and cheeks.
With a hive of activity in amongst this large fruiting fig tree, an African Green Pigeon hops around a few branches.
A fascinating interaction between a pack of twelve wild dogs and a herd of at least 300 buffalo. The wild dogs seemed to just be toying with the buffalo as all their bellies were very full, but I am sure that if they found a straggler or slow injured young buffalo they would have tried their luck.
Poised in a large tree, the bright pink of the Nkuwa Female’s nose is prominent in this young female. The nose will likely darken with age.
One of two sisters born to the Nhlanguleni Female, both of whom made it to independence, the first intact litter to do so in 7 years.