Beginning a new month we can’t help but continue the amazing photographic content captured by the Londolozi team. Undertones of the golden winter light are sneaking through as we enjoy one stunning sunset and sunrise after another. Although having had a bout of rain recently to help carry the greenery a little longer into autumn, temperatures are beginning to drop and we can feel winter approaching rapidly.
With the cooler mornings, we have had some great sightings of a number of different lions. From the Ntsevu Sub-adults as they are in a tricky situation as nomadic young lions surrounded by numerous other male lions to the Nkuhuma Sub-adults in the north who are also beginning the nomadic stage of their lives. The Ndhzenga Males have been seen this week too.
A determined Senegal Bush Male on a territorial patrol as he constantly attempts to expand his territory or defend it from his rivals. The Three Rivers Female is captured in a stunning Black and White image as she spends some time in a large marula tree.
The Mother Cheetah and her youngster have also been seen fairly regularly and have provided some great sightings each time.
We also give you a brief glimpse into an incredibly interesting relationship between two bird species, a Burchell’s Starling and a Great Spotted Cuckoo.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A stunning scene of the Three Rivers Female in the middle of a large marula tree. Beautifully framed by the branches and foliage. The rosettes and texture of the marula bark are brought to life in black and white.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
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a large elephant bull had waded his way into the middle of a waterhole to feed on the lush green reeds that were growing there. This allowed for some amazing photographic opportunities with his reflection in the foreground.
Over the last few weeks, we have been fortunate enough to watch this young cheetah grow as our sightings of these two have become a lot more regular. Here the two had climbed upon a fallen marula tree to gain a vantage point in order to scan for any unwanted threats or possibly their next meal.
On our way to a sighting of the mother cheetah and her cub, we had to put that on hold as we came across such an interesting interaction and relationship between two different bird species, a Burchell’s Starling and a Great Spotted Cuckoo. More to come on this in next week’s Virtual Safari.
But in a nutshell, the relationship is known as brood parasitism and the cuckoo is being fed grasshoppers by the starling. Feeding this cuckoo chick numerous grasshoppers, the dedication towards raising another species’ chick is fascinating.
Once again another stunning sunset. As we approach winter, there is a lot of dust and moisture in the air creating the most spectacular colours as the sun dips below the horizon.
The Nkuhuma Pride spend most of their time north of the Sand River, on Marthly. After finding them resting in the Manyeleti Riverbed, one of the younger lions was a lot more alert and inquisitive than the rest and spent a while watching a column of vultures circling in the distance searching for thermals.
The Senegal Bush Male, the dominant male near to camp has been found frequently over the last few weeks, and on each occasion, he has been intensely focused on patrolling his territory. on a morning territorial patrol. Securing it and defending it against his rivals in every direction.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
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As we turned the corner we immediately spotted the glowing eyes of this Southern White-faced Owl. We were amazed at how still it was while we watched him at eye level for a few minutes before eventually flying off.
Young elephants provide such great entertainment as they continue to learn how to operate their trunks and are overridden by an inquisitive nature. This youngster approached the vehicle extending its trunk out towards us in an attempt to work out exactly what we were.
The Ntsevu Sub-adults have been in a bit of disarray of late as the Ndzhenga Males have taken control of their natal pride and are unlikely to tolerate them being around anymore. Forcing the young lions into a nomadic lifestyle as they gain strength and size before being able to challenge for their own territory one day.
A grey tree frog, otherwise known as a foam nest frog, rests motionless in the branches of a dead tree. This frog species has evolved to become quite independent of water and can often be found rather far from any water source.
A large hippo bull opens his jaws wide, displaying the impressive set of teeth that he has. This particular bull is a resident in one of the waterholes in central Londolozi and has been a familiar feature in that area for nearly two years now.
A Ndzhenga Male lit up by the striking golden morning light.
We have been very fortunate with hyena dens in the past couple of months. This young cub watches as its mother approaches.
March’s TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images on our blog and as well as Instagram – we have a winner… Our TWIP Photography competition happens over the course of every month and relies on your votes – our blog and social media followers. The winner of every month gets to draw a prize/voucher out of a hat for all the energy, patience, skill and passion they needed in order to get “the shot”. We have had such fun starting the competition this past month, during our photography campaign, and are thrilled with the beautiful imagery being submitted for TWIP every week. Make sure to vote every week for your favourite picture.
Now onto this last month’s winner – congratulations Robbie Ball!
March’s winning image… “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.”
Thank you so much, Valmai. Robbie’s image is amazing and deserved to win the month of March’s title. I also agree that the eyes of the owl are so bright and captivating.