This week among Kyle Gordon and I, we enjoy some amazing sightings of a handful of leopards where they come through strong in this post. The Three Rivers Female and her young male cub are spending a lot of time around Tortoise Pan and providing us with some unbelievable viewing. The Plaque Rock Female features in another sequence of images where Kyle and I both had different takes on the lighting and allowed for very different results. Kyle shot with the golden light behind him and I shot into the golden light getting a backlit image. The joys of modern photography are that you are able to get creative and try things.
The Tsalala Female popped up for a very brief morning but is still looking in brilliant condition, laying everyone’s concerns about her to bed. She is thriving for the time being. Amongst the sightings of the large cats, we enjoy the smaller things and the scenery. A Grey tree frog warms up in the afternoon light. The Full “Blood Moon” was stunning. A zebra nursing her young with a beautiful backdrop, a hyena cub and one of the young Ntsevu cubs looking incredibly cute make up the rest of this week’s images.
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The Tsalala Female has been keeping well beneath the radar over the last few weeks, with sightings of her being few and far between. However, this particular morning last week we found her moving along the Sand River with a belly pretty full. Indicating that she is still thriving and keeping in fantastic condition.
A young and fluffy foal nurses from its mother.
While in search of a leopard in the late morning we came across a stunning scene of a mother zebra nursing her foal with a backdrop of the rolling hills and large koppies.
The Three Rivers Female and her youngster have been a pretty regular duo to find of late and each time they have provided some great sightings.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
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Scratching his head on a stump, you can already notice the male leopard physique of this young leoaprd, the thickset frame and large neck with a big head.
The dainty Three Rivers Female attention is quickly focused on a couple of rutting impala in distance
Moving along the Maxabeni Riverbed is prime habitat for a leopard, the dense vegetation and large trees surrounding it make for many places for leopards to find sanctuary.
Shortly after sunset this deep orange “Blood Moon” rose. This colouration is a result of sunlight that shines directly through the Earth’s atmosphere and is projected onto the moon — giving it a red tone.
One of the last remaining Ntsevu Cubs stares straight into the camera with a blood stain from a recent feed on it’s cheek.
As the winter rapidly approaches and as the bush begins to wither, the smaller moisture dependent creatures need to adapt their strategy in order to make it through. This Grey Tree Frog (Foam Nest Frog) was making the most of the late afternoon light to warm up but also huddles itself together reducing the amount of body surface area exposed and in turn reducing the moisture lost to the environment.
A number of hyena dens have been found recently allowing some amazing viewing of these tiny inquisitive hyena cubs.
The Three Rivers Duo on another occasion rested and groomed into the late morning.
Photography is an amazing example of a different perspective on things. Kyle and I were in the same sighting here of the Plaque Rock Female. The next few images were all from this sighting as she walks down the road along the Sand River.
A late afternoon mission of the Plaque Rock Female returning to a carcass she had stashed in a tree with the sunset behind her giving a gorgeous golden backlit opportunity.
Photography is an amazing example of a different perspective on things.
Shortly after that, we ended off the day with this spectacular red sunset.
It is indeed great news that the Tsalala Female is thriving.