Spring is sprung and the first rains have quenched the thirst of our dry paradise. The last of the golden backdrops are giving way to the greens as the grass revitalises and the deciduous members of the floral community send forth their first leaves.
The Senegal Bush Male continues to defend his rule over central Londolozi, at one point coming to blows with the much more lithe but surprisingly formidable Eyrefield Male, a scary sight to have beheld! The pack of 8 Wild dogs have made their chaotic way through and as always have had us in gales of laughter at their playful antics and white-knuckled hysteria as we try and keep up with them on a hunt. The Nkoveni Female seems to be pushing her cubs into independence and they seem to be resisting the change in their so-far-quite-comfortable-lifestyle.
On the lion front, the Tsalala Lioness is still faring well. She has been seen sneaking in to steal a bite of a buffalo kill from the Birmingham and Nkuhuma Duo as well as taking down a full-grown male kudu (unfortunately, she did not get to have much of this before the hyenas stole it) and a young zebra (where she was much more fortunate in being left alone for the duration of the feed).
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
These three elephants staggered themselves perfectly as they grazed into the setting sun.
A warning snarl as one of the Nkoveni Female’s youngsters tries to steal the last of her mother’s kill.
Also young and playful but rather with a spot pattern of 3:2. She is slightly bigger than her sister.
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.
A hazy morning in the grasslands of the southwest.
The Tsalala Female peers down at the Birmingham and Nkuhuma Males as they feed on a buffalo kill. She would continue to haunt these two for the next few days, nipping in and out to steal a bite before being chased off.
The Nkuhuma Male returns back to his buffalo kill after frantically chasing the Tsalala Female off of the scene.
A family of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers worry at a wound in a Buffalo cow’s back. Ouch!
The pack, as always, amused us with their playful antics. All this before hurtling off into the thickets to find their quarry for the evening.
A young warthog boar grazes contentedly as the sun rises behind it.
The sun sets over a fantastic evening watching several members of the Ntsevu breakaways hunt a herd of wildebeest.
A family of Southern Ground Hornbills patrols the airstrip. These birds are always a wonder to watch as they form up into their phalanx to march all in a line and flush any would-be prey ahead of them.
The Eyrefield Male, not often seen on Londolozi, rests atop a termite mound as the sun rises ahead. Little did he know that the Senegal Bush male was hot on his tail just a few hundred metres away. This morning was about to get very interesting…
The Senegal Bush Male stares after the Eyrefield Male as he pads through the clearing ahead. At this point, the Senegal Bush Male was still assessing his competitor while the Eyrefield Male seemed completely oblivious to the danger lurking behind him…
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
After giving the two the space they needed to sense one another, we finally saw the Senegal Bush Male pounce! We rushed to the scene only to see the two bodies locked in a twisting tornado of feline rage! Initially pinned down, this photo captures the moment as the Eyrefield Male twisted free of his attacker’s grasp. Look at that bloody snarl!
One last swat from the Eyrefield Male before a pair of hyenas barrelled into the fray and gave the pair a chance to separate. The Senegal Bush Male leapt a tree and the Eyrefield Male darted off into the thickets ahead, not to be seen again.
A much calmer moment as a mother giraffe checks in on her resting calf.
A huge buffalo bull stares down our vehicle. I love the Oxpecker perched right in the middle of it’s boss.
The Ximungwe Female has been trying to push her cub into independence. It has been a toil. Here, she hisses at the youngster as he follows her from a kill (that he has no doubt dominated) to have a drink at a nearby watering hole.
Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.
Here, the Ximungwe Young Male perches on a rock far from where his mother was seen for the last few days. Independence is upon him and the youngster will have a few hard years ahead before he can establish a territory of his own.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
A trio of Yellow-billed Storks rest next to a watering hole in the deep South of the reserve. The detail in the front right bird’s pale eye is gorgeous.
A warning shot from a young Hippo bull.
September TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images throughout the month of September 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 August – Congratulations to Kate Arthur for this stunning image…