While out on game drive at the moment, it is difficult to not find yourself in a photographic setting where you can capture some magic. The weather, winter colours, and subjects are making our lives rather easy. The birdlife has been great allowing us to capture some fairly common birds but in unique and stunning ways. The Aloe flowers are the main drawcard for the sunbirds and bees this week adding a gorgeous array of colour to a somewhat dulling backdrop.
We took this opportunity to whip out a macro lens and get an up-close look at a few bees and the activity that the aloes bring. It was incredible to see how laden they were with a deep orange pollen from the aloe flowers.
On the predator front, we mostly enjoy leopards this week with the Three Rivers Young Male popping up every now and then. The Nkoveni Young Females are up to their antics again and always provide some quality viewing. And of course what is a week that goes by without the Ximungwe Young Male featuring?
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A portrait of the beautiful Three Rivers Young Male. His inquisitive nature urges him to pause and get a better look at us, before continuing onward and upward into the canopy of the tree.
A young zebra foal stays glued to its mother’s side.
Bees are the most magnificent creature and for all the good they do within the pollination world, I couldn’t resist but spend some time trying to photograph these incredibly hard-working little drones.
The Three Rivers Young Male gives a big yawn after a good few hours of resting through the hotter part of the day.
As the bees move from one flower to the next their bodies become covered in pollen, she then pushes the gathered pollen down toward her lower legs, where she mixes the pollen with a little nectar and then packs it into her pollen basket from the bottom up. The hairs in the pollen basket hold it in place. When the pollen sac is full, it can hold more than one million grains of pollen.
The ostrich population continues to thrive in the Southwestern section of the reserve.
A lioness from the Ntsevu Pride. Covered in flies this lioness kept her gaze fixated on a herd of impala in the distance.
Yellow-billed oxpeckers congregate in their masses on the back of a female buffalo. Normally these birds would be classified as quite rare to see, where one would only really see them in association with a large herd of buffalo but not this many together.
The cheetah viewing at Londolozi has been phenomenal recently. For an area that doesn’t boast a very high population of these cats, they have been putting on quite a show. Here, a youngster perches on a mound while her mother rests behind her. She had just returned from a long chase after a herd of impala. What a sight it was to see a cheetah in full stride!
A beautiful female Collared Sunbird pauses briefly within the branches of a Natal Guarri tree, to scan the surrounding leaves for any small spiders and insects.
We found the Flat Rock Male inspecting the area where the Picadilly young female had just finished feeding on a kill. Here, pausing to analyse a rustle in the thicket ahead, which turned out to be a hyena finishing off the remainder of the kill which must have fallen earlier.
With the flowers of the aloes in full bloom, there has been a hive of activity around them over the last little while. A White-bellied Sunbird lifts its head from probing its beak into the flowers below. The naturally darkened backdrop made this bird stand out even more.
A large tailless female giraffe walks across an open crest in the early morning light. We enjoyed the clean atmosphere of such a minimalistic scene, with 360-degree views as far as the eye could see.
One of the Nkoveni Young Females glances up as a nuber of vultures begin circling overhead as the morning begins to warm up.
A gorgeous array of colours are revealed after the Sun has set. The silhouette of this dead knob-thorn tree created the perfect subject for such a scene.
July’s TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images throughout the month of July 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 July – Congratulations to Kyle Gordon.
Thank you so much, Sandra.