After the exciting news we released last week of the Plaque Rock Female having her second litter of cubs, Kyle has an amazing sighting as she lifts her head from behind a log clutching a tiny cub within her jaws. You all know too well how excited this gets any wildlife enthusiast, rangers especially.
The Nhlanguleni Female’s cubs have also provided some great viewing as they grow so quickly in both size and confidence. The mother has been moving them from carcass to carcass forcing the rangers to work extra hard in order to find the mother and carcasses.
The Birmingham’s last surviving offspring have managed to avoid any conflict with any other lions and seem to be thriving as a small breakaway pride from the Ntsevu Pride. Elephants have also been abundant along with stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Lastly, there has been a decent number of cheetah sightings which are always super exciting.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
After revealing her cubs to us and us putting out a story on us finding the den last week, there was another magical moment as the Plaque Rock Female bends down behind a log and picks up her cub revealing it to all those in the vehicle.
A pretty young playful female found along the river to the east of camp
This elephant bull was feeding beneath the canopy of a torchwood tree searching for fruit. Just after he had shaken the tree he was moving around to collect his fallen fruits.
The last of the Birmingham Male’s lineage lies within three young cubs, two of which are young males and one young female. Here an adult Nstevu Female stays back with one of the young males as the second female stalks a distant wildebeast on the horizon.
Blue Waxbills are some of the under-appreciated yet, just as stunning little birds. When sitting and watching them flutter between the branches of trees for long enough they often expose themselves and with the right lighting, they make for great photographic subjects.
One of the Nhlangleni Female’s young cubs looks across at its sibling while moving into the crisp morning light.
Initially skittish she spent a lot of time in the Sand River, now relaxed she makes up the majority of leopard viewing west of camp.
Giraffe make for fantastic subjectsto photograph in high key and convert to black and white.
A Red-billed Oxpecker flees his fellows with a prized morsel, a fat juicy tick! He was robbed soon after by a larger and more aggressive Yellow-billed oxpecker. It is always fun to watch these miniature battles play out, they can often be as entertaining as watching some of the mammalian predators!
The afternoon winter golden glow illuminates this male cheetah as he uses the termite mound as a vantage point. Their chestnut eyes caught in the light makes them captivating.
An inquisitive look of one of the Nhlanguleni Female’s cubs as it glances deep into the camera with a boulder in front of it and a nice dark background to accentuate the cub.
A vervet monkey gains the height advantage of a dead Leadwood tree to scan the surroundings.
On a recent cold morning, setting out from camp we saw a thick blanket of mist lining the lower lying areas. Getting some elevation we were able to get above the mist making it almost resemble the ocean.
The fixated gaze of a Nstevu Female as she stares across the horizon in the morning light searching for the rest of the pride which she was separated from the night before.
A very special moment as the light caught this female’s eyes as she looked into the canopy of a tree where her kill was stashed.
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.