This week we have a diverse yet spectacular selection of images to showcase. From a stunning shot of the Tsalala Female hunting on the airstrip to a number of large elephants going about their business. Birdlife features strongly with a number of different but beautiful birds being seen all over the reserve.
The Ximungwe Duo are doing incredibly well with the young male gaining confidence with every sighting we have of him, venturing off and exploring a bit more by himself when he is left alone by his mother while she goes hunting. The Senegal Bush Male has not been as prolific as he usually is, I think we could probably put that down to him having expanded his territory drastically, now being seen north of the Sand River all the way south into Dudley. A great sighting of the Flat Rock Male in the north as he moved around on a territorial patrol.
The Sand River is a haven of activity at the moment, bringing so much life to Londolozi. A female Giant Kingfisher. perches along the banks overhead to a Nile Crocodile, both waiting for an unsuspecting fish to get washed down by the flow of the river into the jaws of the Crocodile or swim too close to the surface and get snapped up by the Kingfisher. And a stunning photo of a pale white Foam Nest Frog as it rests on a palm frond attempting to retain as much water as possible.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The remaining Tsalala Female stops to observe a panicked herd of impala fleeing ahead of her. This young female has so far exceeded anyone’s expectations and seems to be thriving. Hopefully, she can continue to stay out of the way of the myriad pockets of lions that are roaming the surroundings.
With summer in full swing at the moment, the warm humid weather has resulted in an abundance of insects out in the bush, some of which are flies that frustrate many animals out here. A large female elephant does her best to rid herself of the flies by spraying sand all over with her trunk.
The Flat Rock Male glances up at a marula tree in passing. One wonders if he’s thinking of how perfect a tree that would be to hoist a kill in!
A dominant male leopard over the majority of the north. He originally took over the 4:4 Male's territory when he died.
A backlit male impala stands out as the inflorescence of the grass is illuminated by the golden light from the setting sun.
Female Saddle-billed Stork takes flight, presumably in search of a nearby waterhole to find its next meal, after perching in the sun.
A Ntsevu Sub-adult male stares deep into the lens.
The Sand River brings an abundance of life to Londolozi, some of that comes in the form of many different species of fish. Here a crocodile awaits any unsuspecting fish to get washed down by the flow of the river into its jaws.
Frogs are incredibly sensitive to losing moisture through their skin. As a result, a few species have some interesting adaptations to reduce this moisture loss. By turning their skin white and adopting a huddled up posture to reduce the surface area exposed to the air they can reduce the amount of moisture they lose.
The Ximungwe Female and her cub, almost a year old now, drink from a small pan. A more still day may have resulted in a better reflection but conditions can’t always be optimal.
I love the feeling of being surrounded by a herd of elephants as they meander along slowly. This docile female fed quietly off to the side of the vehicle and allowed us to spend an intimate moment with her.
This summer we have seen a large number of cuckoos, here a Great Spotted Cuckoo rests on a fallen tree before being chased off by a Burchell’s Starling. The Great Spotted Cuckoo is a brood parasite of the Starling and the reason behind the aggression shown towards this bird.
A female kudu listens attentively. Kudus spend a lot of their time in thick areas and they rely on their large ears to listen out for danger up ahead.
With a diet consisting of aquatic and terrestrial insects, worms, molluscs, fish and frogs, Wood Sandpipers are often found along the edge of small waterholes and pans as they search for their next meal.
The Senegal Bush Male rests in a large marula tree with a very full belly.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
A female Giant Kingfisher with her rufous belly, perches in a small matumi tree on the edge of the Sand River, scanning for her next victim.
Hyena cubs are very inquisitive. This little hyena was hesitant to approach the vehicle at first, as time passed though, he grew bolder and ended up giving us a close inspection.
A group of female Ostriches moves through the open grasslands as the sun approached the horizon, highlighting the hair on their necks along with the long grass surrounding them.
Yellow-throated longclaws are very unique birds. At first, when viewed from behind they blend into the grass but as they turn around they reveal their magnificent golden throat and chest.