In a diverse week, we celebrate such incredible light, sunsets and an array of stunning subjects all going about their daily lives, that we are fortunate enough to share a moment in time with. As the seasons begin to shift, the golden light and breathtaking sunsets have made for unbelievable photographic moments.
Having wild dogs on the property has been special enough in itself, but to capture them in the way we have this week has been the icing on top of the cake.
Lions and leopards have also stepped up to the mark to feature in fabulous fashion. The Ntsevu Breakaway Pride have been back on the property and have provided great sightings on every occasion. What would a Week in Pictures be without some stunning leopard shots? From the Piccadilly Female yawning atop a large boulder to a Black & White image of the Ximungwe Female glancing up, or an intense look at the Flat Rock Male on a territorial patrol. The gorgeous Three Rivers Female or playful Nkoveni Young Female. All have earned their rights to feature in this week’s photographic splendour.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
Golden light and textures make this portrait shot stand out.
The calm before the storm. 5 members of a wild dog pack scan their surroundings from an elevated area just as the sun is starting to dip towards the horizon.
With the marula trees fruiting during the summer months, the elephants make a feast out of them often roaming from one marula tree to the next in search of the tasty ripening fruit.
Over the last few days, there has been a pack of wild dogs roaming the reserve. After enjoying a spectacular morning following them around they eventually settled down in the shade to rest for the warmer parts of the day.
The Ximungwe Female glances up to check if her kill is still secure in the boughs of the marula above.
The Sand River has been the lifeblood of Londolozi for millennia, during a hot morning a small herd of elephants came down for a quick drink before moving on to carry on their daily feeding missions.
While busy traversing the Londolozi airstrip, this female giraffe stopped for a moment, allowing us to capture the number of Red-billed Oxpeckers arriving to comb through the fur on her neck.
The Flat Rock Male has proven to be more of an elusive individual than he used to be. Now predominantly territorial over the northern section of Londolozi and beyond, it is more difficult to find him.
A Malachite Kingfisher perches on a blade of grass. This Kingfisher glares without losing focus at the river as it flows over the causeway in search of any prey. Being as light as 17 grams, the blade of grass does not even bend under the weight of the little bird. Imagine being that light.
Two of the Ntsevu Sub-adults rear up onto their back legs in a playful wrestling showdown.
It’s during these bouts of playful behaviour that the lions develop important skills and strength that help them hone their hunting and protection abilities. Not to mention, it’s rather entertaining for both us and them as well!
Two large bulls stand side by side with dark grey clouds looming in the background.
The Ntsevu Sub-adults have recently returned from their adventure further south of Londolozi, and are providing some great sightings. Here one of the young males rests his head down as they listen to the disgruntled herd of buffalo move away in the distance.
These Ntsevu breakaway lions watch a giraffe very intently as he feeds peacefully beyond the vehicle.
The Three Rivers Female leopard stares intently at a passing Nyala. Biding her time for the hunt or rather just wanting to remain unseen? In the end, the nyala moved off in one direction and she carried on her patrol in another.
A stunning setting as we watch two of Africa’s largest land mammals roaming through the clearings. Both species sport such incredible detail in the skins, always making for great photographs. Often these details can be enhanced when converting the photograph to monochrome.
The Ximungwe Young Male has been such an entertaining young leopard to spend time with over the last few weeks. His confidence and adventurous nature constantly keeps us intrigued as to what he will do next.
A very young elephant, still unable to control its trunk successfully extends it out in our direction. The dappled light broke through the trees highlighting the little one’s face beautifully.
The two Nkoveni Young Females have always been fun to watch as they play with each other, developing their skills during the periods when their mother is away hunting.