With winter firmly behind us now, the days are warming up significantly, and the bush is finally drying out slightly. Why I mention this is that the dust in the air is now creating the most stunning light in the early morning and evening as the sun approaches the horizon. Golden light bathes most scenes and adds a stunning layer of orange and yellow hues.
Once again we have a relatively predator-rich week with a lot of great leopard sightings, featuring the Nkoveni Trio on different occasions, and the Maxim’s Male. The Mother cheetah and her youngster have made a number of appearances too.
The Dark-maned Northern Avoca Male and one of the Ndzehnga Males with a Ntsevu Female feature on the lion front.
A couple of zebra in gorgeous light, a cheeky hippo and a whole host of birdlife also make it into this week’s selection.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
With the setting sun beyond this pair of zebra, the golden light made for the perfect photographic opportunity.
Constantly on the look out from the top of a termite mound.
The Nkoveni Female chooses a comfortable horizontal branch in a marula tree to rest in between bouts of feeding on the impala carcass in the background.
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.
As a dominance display to ward off any threats or competitors hippos will lunge out of the water to expose their impressive canines before thrashing their heads through the water and plunging below the surface.
One of the Nkoveni Young Females rests in the shade on a hot afternoon.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
One of the Ndzhenga Males rests in a clearing near one of the Ntsevu Females, the two had been mating.
Using its large yellow eye this Brown Snake Eagle scans the open grassland below for its next meal.
The Ntsevu Female fixates her gaze on a distant wildebeest while we wait for a while hoping that they will mate.
The Maxim’s Male uses a termite mound to scan the distant crest where a herd of impala were alarm calling.
Fairly skittish male that is presumed to have come from the Kruger National Park.
Patiently waiting as his mother stalks a herd of impala in the distance.
We thought the last of the aloes had finished flowering, but this Black-headed Oriole managed to find one last late flowering one.
The young cheetah yawns as a response to its mother standing up and getting ready to move on.
Having stopped next to a water hole for our morning coffee break, we were joined by a herd of zebra that came to drink – unperturbed by all of us standing out of the vehicle!
With a spurt of energy one of the Nkoveni Young Females dashes up into the upper branches of a fallen marula tree.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
Before then scratching her head on a little stump.
While the rest of the Talamati Pride feed on a buffalo kill behind him, the Dark-maned Avoca Male lifts his bloodied face for a moment.
Waiting on top of this small bare termite mound, we were unsure if this Yellow-billed Hornbill was warming up in the sun, trying to fish ay termites out of the mound or possibly waiting for a family of dwarf mongooses residing in the mound to emerge and begin foraging.
The captivating glare of the beautiful Nkoveni Young Female. Along with her sister – they are slowly approaching independence and growing into amazing leopards.
African Hawk-eagles are phenomenal hunters, that can hunt from a perch such as this. Overlooking a waterhole beneath waiting for birds to come and drink, they will wait for the opportunity to strike.