Within this week’s photographic selection we have an abundance of the larger predators all portrayed in stunning light. From eventually finding the Senegal Bush Male and Nkuwa Female in the Sand River mating, to the Senegal Bush Male and Maxim’s Male having a territorial dispute, or the Plains Camp Males and Nkuhuma lionesses and cubs feeding on a waterbuck kill in the amazing morning light.
Or the Mhangeni Lioness that is spending time with the Tsalala Lioness being lit up by a spotlight and we get the chance to get a gorgeous backlit shot.
A couple different birds feature with the highlight being on a close-up shot of a Red-breasted Swallow coming to collect some mud in order to build its nest. Or a stunning Bateleur.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Mhangeni Lioness that has been spending time with the Tsalala Lioness definitely has brought this little pride into the spotlight as we cannot wait to see what unfolds for them going forward.
An adult bateleur perches in the late afternoon light.
After a long and strenuous search eventually, we found the Senegal Bush Male in the company of the Nkuwa Female deep in the Sand River.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
The fact that the two leopards were together meant that they were mating. After a little while, the Nkuwa Female tried to intitiate a bout of mating only to be met with a snarl from the Senegal Bush Male.
One of two sisters born to the Nhlanguleni Female, both of whom made it to independence, the first intact litter to do so in 7 years.
While driving past a small mud wallow I noticed a pair of Red-breasted Swallows bending down to scoop up a beakful of mud and fly off to a termite mound about 200m away. Many swallows and Red-breasted in particular build mud nests. They craft these clumps into mud pellets that they pack tightly together to build a thick wall into a gourd-shaped nest with a long entrance tube. The nest sites are often under natural overhangs such as aardvark burrows, and excavations into termite mounds under fallen trees and river banks.
One of the Nkuhuma cubs, born to the two older mothers that are now spending time with the Plains Camp Males lifts its head before feeding on a waterbuck carcass.
One of the very impressive Plains Camp Males feasts on his share of a waterbuck kill alongside the two young cubs born to the two Nkuhuma lionesses.
A comfortably perched Vervet Monkey scans its surroundings for any danger below.
A Nkuhuma cub takes notice of a few arriving Hooded Vultures, drawn in to the presence of the exposed carcass.
While duelling it out with the Senegal Bush Male to claim this part of the territory, the Maxims Male takes a moment to rest in the shade while salivating intensely.
Fairly skittish male that is presumed to have come from the Kruger National Park.
Staring across at his rival the Maxims Male.
After an intense morning of witnessing the Senegal Bush Male and Maxims Male fighting for territory, we found the Senegal Bush Male later that afternoon lying up in long grass. His fierce, indomitable nature was heavily subdued by his discomfort from several battle wounds and irritation from the encircling flies.
Even with a few old injuries and limped walk, you cannot help but be mesmerized by his beautiful mane.
With such intent, this large breeding herd of elephants walked across the Londolozi airstrip at pace before disappearing into the combretum thickets