This week has been an exhilarating one in the bush, the arrival of the Ndhzenga Males caught us all by surprise. We knew a pride and territory take-over was bound to happen but no one expected it to be upon us this soon. Are these new males going to be the ones to control Londolozi in the near future? I guess only time will tell. In the Meanwhile, they feature fairly strongly in this week’s picks, along with a number of other magnificent subjects portrayed in the most beautiful golden light.
The Three Rivers Female and her cub spend time on Londolozi as the cub grows in confidence, the viewing has been amazing. We also managed to find the Nkuwa Female in the northern parts of the reserve with a large impala ram which she had killed the evening before. Too heavy to hoist into a tree she fed on it while it was on the ground, then rests in the shade nearby.
Elephants in the rain, young elephants playing around, wild dogs and the Flat Rock Male make up the rest of this week’s selection.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The new males make a name for themselves as they proclaim the central parts of Londolozi. The Ndhzenga Males, have given some unbelievable viewing over the last week. Long may it last.
The Three Rivers Female’s Cub pauses on a fallen tamboti tree, meanwhile, the cub’s mother had already ascended the tree ahead of it to feed on the carcass above.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
A Wahlberg’s Eagle sits on a dead branch, scanning the woodland below. This particular individual is known as a ‘pale morph’. Most of the Wahlberg’s Eagles are brown in colour but roughly 10% of their population are pale morphs like this one.
Impressive for their relatively young age, are these new male lions the next to assume control over Londolozi? It is a very interesting time amongst the lion dynamics at the moment and we anxiously wait to see what unfolds.
The golden morning light breaking through the dense canopy of the riverine vegetation along the Sand River illuminates the path ahead of the Flat Rock Male as he begins a territorial patrol.
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
Beautifully backlit by the natural morning light.
Light is a photographer’s best friend, here it helps accentuate the textures and details of a magnificent bull.
The wild dogs have been scarce of late, with a visit only every once in a while. Here we were spoilt with an amazing sighting as the sun was setting. The whole pack got moving and spread out through the clearing.
The striking bright pink nose of the Nkuwa Female, as she rests under a large jackalberry tree.
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.
One of the four Ndhzenga Males rests in an open clearing after a morning of intensity.
After causing a scene with the Northern Avoca Males, they eventually retreated, for the time being, settled in order to regather themselves before making their next move.
In South Africa, we often refer to the meteorological phenomenon where the sun shines through the rain as a “monkey’s wedding”. In this case, it seems as though the elephant was a delighted guest at the wedding.
And the little page boy delighted too. This was from a different sighting but the joyful nature of young elephants certainly ignites the inner child in everyone, stirring curiosity and happiness.
The Ximungwe Female’s Cub, now being referred to as the Ximungwe Young Male, awaits his mother’s return patiently. Whilst out hunting, female leopards will leave their youngsters to take of themselves. In this case, the young male leopard chose to use a big boulder as a safe spot to rest on while his mother was away.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
Up close and personal with one of Africa’s iconic animals.
One of the Ndzenga Male lions confidently marched into uncharted territory.