As we see some of the last of the cold misty mornings, the daytime temperatures are on the rise providing us with spectacular clear blue skies. This week we see a few images that illustrate that exactly, the fluffed-up impala and African Green Pigeons trying to keep warm. The misty sunrises across the Sand River. Or the warm golden afternoon light as a herd of elephants cross through the river or the Ximungwe Young Male looks up into a marula tree.
We see a fantastically diverse week with many different subjects all portrayed in a stunning way.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A female Bateleur took off just as I got my camera ready. The thin black band on along the trailing edge of her winges differentiates her from her male counterpart.
I always find it amusing when giraffes drink. From what appear to be the most graceful animals as they stride through the bushveld, they quickly become these lanky awkward giants as they spread their legs in order to bend down to slurp up a few mouthfuls of water.
The Ximungwe Female rest in the branches of a marula tree as the sun was setting in the background casting a stunning golden light onto her face.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
The sun rising over the Sand river on a frosty winter morning is always breathtaking.
Lying a few meters apart, we are still seeing the Ximungwe Young Male and his mother together every now and then.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
And when we do see them together it is all fun and games as they wrestle and play.
the particularly large buffalo had a certain debt collector look about him as the rest moved around quenching their thirst at a nearby waterhole.
As the sun was nearing the horizon the Nkoveni Female glanced over her shoulder at a herd of impala.
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
Recognizing an opportunity to hunt, she dropped her head and flattened her ears all while fixating her gaze on the impala.
A herd of impala gathered together to alarm at the Nkoveni female as she walked by giving off a rasping territorial call shortly after sunrise.
As the last of the aloes finish flowering the sunbirds and insects will need to move on to find other sources of sustenance.
While enjoying a leisurely afternoon down by the river, not having to venture too far from camp, a herd of elephants gracefully waded through the water and surrounded our vehicle.
Lowering her trunk in anticipation of a drink the gorgeous afternoon light highlighted this female perfectly.
While we are on the bee train, this was a different perspective of a bee in flight. I lay down on the ground and got a shot of the bee from underneath as it was approaching the aloe flowers.
The Ximungwe Young Male plans his next move on his ascent up a Marula tree where his mother was feeding on an impala kill.
These two African Green Pigeons were perched on a branch, warming up in the morning sun. These birds are almost entirely frugivorous (fruit-eating) and in turn an important seed dispersers. These pigeons differ from the other seed-eating pigeons as they lack a muscular gizzard which means they can’t break down the seeds. Therefore the seeds from the fruit remain almost entirely intact as it passes through their digestive system.
The mother cheetah and her cub have been a relatively regular sighting over the last little while and have provided some unbelievable photographic sightings when they have been found.