This week’s photographic spectacle takes on an incredible standard with a variety of subjects although the undertone of predators and leopards is still strong.
We manage to spend the morning with the Ndzandzeni Female and have some very exciting news in that we think she may be raising another litter of cubs. The Nkoveni Female takes full advantage of the impala males rutting and manages to successfully stalk and catch one male that was so fixated on his component that he didn’t see the impending death barrelling towards him.
The Ximungwe Young Male features yet again and provides some great viewing. One of the Nkoveni Young Females is captured in a stunning scene as she climbs a fallen marula. The Senegal Bush Male and Mawelawela Male are also seen in separate sightings.
The mother cheetah and her sub-adult cub were found on a cold wet morning searching for any potential prey. A crocodile, baby elephant and baby zebra also feature.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Ndzandzeni Female is back. We have not seen her for a while. This is partly due to her territory being a bit further away and so much activity happening closer to camp that not many people have ventured down there in search of her. To the trained eye, you may notice that her belly is hanging a little low and the fur looks slightly matted there. Yes, we suspect she may have cubs and so my next mission is to go in search of her den.
A large male giraffe string across an open clearing. Giraffe are extremely graceful animals. Sometimes just sitting and watching the go about their day can be very entertaining.
A very cute elephant calf is pictured underneath its mother. For me, the cool aspect of this image is that the little calf is framed by its mother’s body. Elephant calves are amazing animals to spend time with. they are often full of energy and pretty adorable to just sit and observe.
A female Giant Kingfisher intently scans the flowing Sand River beneath it for any fish swimming too close to the surface.
As the height of the impala rut intensifies the clashing of two male impala’s horns catches the Nkoveni Female’s attention.
Planning her best approach, the Nkoveni Female is fixated on the two males.
Success in her hunt, the Nkoveni Female then drags her enormous impala towards a thicket.
After a three day downpour, this soaked zebra foal didn’t look too impressed with the continuous rain.
Senegal Bush Male heading down towards the Sand River during a late morning territorial patrol.
A new leopard seen on Londolozi, the Kigelia Female’s newly independent daughter. Only just older than a year she is being seen in the deep southwestern parts of the reserve.
The Mawelawela Male staring deep into the camera during an amazing sunset.
A Saddle-billed Stork wading through a waterhole in search of any aquatic snacks.
One of the Nkoveni Young Females climbs a fallen marula as the golden light begins to fade after sunset.
The iridescent sheen of a Burchell’s Starling as the morning begins to warm up.
focussing in on a lion’s eye is captivating. The detail and intensity are fascinating.
Ximungwe Young Male uses a fallen marula tree to scan the surrounding clearing.
The Mother Cheetah and her growing cub use a termite mound to gain a little bit of elevation in order to scan the open grasslands while being soaked with rain.
Crocodiles have an aura about them that certainly sends shivers down my spine. Here is an amazing view of the detail in a crocodile’s eye and the scales on its head.
Ximungwe Young Male resting at the base of an eroded river bank, he always appears to have a mischievous smirk on his face, but that is only my perception.
May’s TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images throughout the month of May 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 are thrilled to keep sharing some amazing photographic content with you every week. Make sure to vote every week for your favourite picture.
Now onto the winner for May – Congratulations to Kirst Joscelyne.
May’s winning image: One of the Nhlangheni female’s cubs managed to climb up onto the rock after her mother. The Nhlangheni female used this rock as a vantage point as she scanned the surroundings after distant impala alarm calls were heard. These young cubs are already practicing their climbing skills at a young age as they start to interact with their environment more and more.