The formidable Maxim’s Male has been providing some great quality sightings of late. We spend some time with him on a bright moonlit night. Initially, he was moving around on a territorial patrol at night and watching this massive male move around is a spectacular thing to see. Soon after watching him walk along the edge of a clearing we see him notice something in the distance. Upon a closer inspection, we realise that it is an impala ram that is limping badly.
The Maxim’s Male’s gaze is fixated on the seemingly easy target. We switch off all our lights to best not impact the outcome in any way and give both predator and prey a fair chance. Luckily we do have a little trick up our sleeve. By pushing the limits of our camera, we crank up the ISO (light sensitivity) and manage to take a few pictures of both the impala and leopard to see where they were, then we use the light from the full moon to silhouette the leopard as he begins to stalk closer.
In the second part of this Virtual Safari, we share a story from a while ago of the Ntsevu Sub-adults as they move around and play before ending up on the Londolozi airstrip and seeing a herd of zebra in the distance. The odds, however, are heavily stacked against them. They do their best to close the gap to the potential prey.
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
Fairly skittish male that is presumed to have come from the Kruger National Park.
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It really was so good to see the Maxim’s Male so relaxed and moving about on the hunt.
Yes the females are the sisters and cousins of the males.