In the build-up to Christmas, we start our Advent Calendar series tomorrow and as a result, we have decided to move this Week in Pictures forward by one day.
Although proving to be difficult to find when she has been on Londolozi, we spent time with the Tsalala Female as she moves along the southern bank of the Sand River before settling down in the dry river sand to rest as the temperatures began to rise. It has been a huge sigh of relief to see that she is thriving and still looking in fantastic condition. Life will be challenging for her but, she is proving to us that she is capable of handling it.
A large elephant bull allows a close up look of the finer details on his trunk and tusk. Along with some amazing sightings of the Ximungwe Female and her Young Male Sub-adult as they venture through a few clearings before settling in for a drink at a waterhole.
A few birds find their way into this week’s selection including the amazing Long-Crested Eagle, a bird we do not see at Londolozi often.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
While this lone elephant bull was feeding on the new grass growth in a dried-up mud wallow, we took the chance of having a close-up view of the intricacies of his trunk and tusk.
The tuft of black fur on the tip of the Tsalala Female’s tail twitches in the heat as she attempts to chase away a few biting flies, nipping away at her rump.
A White Faced Whistling Duck casually bobs around in one of the waterholes near the Londolozi camps. The overcast conditions on this day, combined with the angle that we were viewing the duck from meant that the water reflected the white sky which contrasted well with the colours of the bird.
The stark contrast between these gorgeous plumbago flowers that stood out against the dark shaded background caught my eye, creating a stunning scene.
A waterbuck silhouetted against a golden sky at sunrise.
Dramatic skies dwarf this elephant bull as he wanders slowly through the open grasslands of southwestern Londolozi.
The Ndzandzeni Female turns back glancing towards the setting sun.
This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Riverbank 3:3 female in early 2012.
As the Ximungwe Female and her Young Male explore the reaches of the territory, the adventurous young male walks ahead through a clearing ahead of his mother.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
The Ximungwe Female and her youngster then share a drink. The cub is now almost a year old and is almost as big as his mother!
We don’t often see Long Crested Eagle at Londolozi. In fact, this was the first one I have seen here in nearly four years. With a light breeze blowing from behind the bird, it was rather easy to see how it got its name!
The Ximungwe Young Male, with his distinctive freckle on his iris, keeps an eye on us through the tamboti thicket in which he and his mother were resting.
A brief sighting of the now alone Tsalala Female as she moved through Londolozi along the Sand River. Looking very healthy and well-fed she is seeming to be adapting to a solitary life and managing perfectly well even though she is not yet three years old.
While resting in the shade she hears a herd of elephants in the river a little distance away and glances back over her shoulder towards them.