Thunderstorms, swarms of insect activity, rolling clouds, the big, the small, the fierce and the docile, this week shows it all.
The first nod is to the next generation of nine ostrich chicks, the seventh generation since the initial female found love after three years alone. And to see last year’s clutch thriving with at least five still alive.
The summer migrants are back, and the elephants and giraffes and thriving with the new leaves bursting through. and the predators are living up to their name with the leopards featuring in a few amazing sightings.
The Senegal Bush Male and Nkuwa Female mating, the Ntomi Male seemingly doing well. The Nkoveni Young Females are about to be renamed and the Three Rivers Young Male growing into a fine young male leopard.
Enjoy this week in Pictures…
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Now known as the Ntomi Male, This young male has been spending time in central Londolozi where he has been chancing his luck at hunting impala. In this particular sighting, he had just had a go at a large herd and missed causing an eruption of alarm calls, which is how we found him.
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
Just five minutes after leaving camp we bumped into this young elephant bull who was trailing behind the rest of the herd at sunrise. Keagan and his guests sat there enjoying the elephants and the sunrise – what a way to start the day!
The newest additions to the ostrich lineage cruise through the open grasslands with the adults shepherding them along.
The Nkuwa Female strolls across the Londolozi airstrip in the late afternoon light.
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.
After a warm humid day, storm clouds building on the horizon, a large male giraffe filled his belly with the new fresh succulent leaves of a marula.
As the afternoon light turned gold, the Nkuwa Female, in the company of the Senegal Bush Male, stood up and began to entice him into mating.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
Five young ostriches from last year’s clutch traipse through the grasslands backlit by the setting sun.
A young elephant calf nursing from his/her mother while she feeds. The bond between a mother elephant and her calf is so strong, with the youngster seldom leaving her side for the first few months of its life.
Wood Sandpipers are just one of the many species of migratory birds that have returned to a stunning Londolozi.
The Three Rivers Young Male is rapidly growing into a fine young male leopard.
One of two cubs to survive, the sister lost at five months. Still dependent on his mother, but is growing into an impressive young male.
A large male elephant found an interest in us as he roamed the clearings while feeding in the morning.
The Senegal Bush Male was recently found having caught a zebra foal.
The long-standing hyena den site fairly close to the Londolozi Camps has been a banker sighting for some time now. The curiosity of the little ones keep us entertained for a while!
A buffalo bull with an impressive set of horns was somewhat of a roadblock as he was on his way to a nearby waterhole.
One of the Nkoveni Female’s cubs, who will soon be named, managed to kill a banded mongoose and carried it up onto a fallen marula tree.
A stunning young female with a very similar spot pattern to her mother, the Nkoveni Female. Litter still completely intact March 2022.
A Southern Ground Hornbill takes flight to catch up with the rest of the family feeding ahead of it.
A rather abstract view of a myriad of game paths left by the numerous animals moving through the area. Try and find the elephant…
We’ve had some fantastic sightings of a pack of eight wild dogs in all corners of the reserve recently. The high tempo these predators operate at, keeps us on our toes and often comes with a fair amount of action.
Finding a chameleon on the ground can be a delight to a photographer. These complex and detailed animals thankfully ramin fairly still allowing us to get out the macro lens and get a little closer look.
The highly detailed skin, packed with chromatophores or colour-changing cells is designed to help the chameleon blend into its environment, regulate temperature, and express mood as opposed to mimicking its surroundings.
The eyes of a chameleon fascinate me, operating independently the chameleon has a field of view nearly as wide as 360 degrees (180 degrees horizontally and +/-90 degrees vertically), due to unique eye anatomy and an ability to transition between monocular and binocular vision.
October TWIP Photographer Winner…
Thank you to all of you who voted for your favourite images throughout the month of October 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 October – Congratulations to Kate Arthur for this stunning image…
Probably my favourite photograph from the afternoon. The way she gracefully positioned herself on the fallen branch made me think that she may have used this tree for a rest before…