Can you believe that this is the last Week in Pictures of November? Before you know it we will be well into December and Christmas will be just around the corner.
This week has seen a hive of activity, for the most part from still having wild dogs around and enjoying them playing on the airstrip on a cool cloudy morning. Zebra foals seem to be around every corner. Taking time to slow down and notice the small things can always do wonders.
We enjoy time with a chameleon as it reaches the other side of the road after being exposed out in the open. The colours and contrast are stunning as it slowly shifts back to a full emerald green colour.
The Thamba Male is growing into a fine male leopard. The menacing Senegal Bush Male manages to secure himself a meal for a few days after catching an impala and is then seen later on another even patrol. A Ndzhenga Male and Ntsevu Sub-adult Male make up the lion contingent this week.
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Soon after leaving camp, we came across this spectacularly coloured chameleon. Now we all know that chameleons can change colour and this is mostly as a result of mood and temperature. As this chameleon had just braved the openness of crossing a road, it was likely stressed out due to the high chances of being seen in the open. Stressed chameleons often go darker colours such as black. Now reaching the camouflage green he began to change to shades of green.
One of the Ndzhenga Males follows the Ntsevu Pride to a nearby water source to quench their thirst.
This zebra foal has been keeping many of us entertained for the last 3 weeks. Its excitement is both hilarious and adorably contagious.
This wild dog kept a watchful eye out for danger as the rest of the pack devoured not one but two impalas!
As the ground becomes saturated with more rainfall, lillies such as this extraordinary African Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflous) break the ground. They grow so quickly that they almost appear to have popped up overnight. The blossoms last between one and two weeks.
This Zebra leads her newborn foal to the relative safety of a nearby crest as the sun dips below the horizon.
With a full belly, the large Ndzhenga Male looks that much more impressive. Licking his chops just before a yawn breaks through.
Nyala bulls are impressive-looking antelope and sport a great set of horns. However, in this particular scene, it was the dappled light falling over his face that made for a beautiful image.
After a stormy evening the Senegal Bush Male had managed to catch himself an impala and stash it in a marula tree.
He spent the next few days feasting on his cache.
Another summertime beauty, this standalone Ipomea or Morning glory is a beautiful flower that floods up during the evening and unfolds every morning to greet teh sunshine, hence its name.
With the wild dogs resting on the airstrip at Londolozi it was a great photographic opportunity with no foliage of grass in the way.
Constantly playing it is always entertaining to spend time with a bunch of wild dogs.
The Thamba Male gazes up toward his impala kill which he had draped in the branches of a marula. The last time I saw this male was toward the end of 2019 as he wandered through the reserve as a young, nomadic male. he now holds a considerable territory to the west of Londolozi.
With the summer in full swing and the new grass flourishing, the weavers are all donned by their breeding plumage and frantically building nests in the hopes of securing a mate.
After a quick water break, this Ntsevu Sub-adult returned to help his brothers and sister finish off a buffalo that they had killed in the Sand River right next to camp! Ntsevu sub-adult males are growing rapidly and have done well to get by in the same area they grew up in and are now becoming highly effective hunters.
The Three Rivers Female leaping up a marula to gain vantage over the clearing ahead was an unexpected bonus!
Forced into early independence as her mother was killed by the Southern Avoca Males.
One of the many giraffes hanging around the airstrip.
A fearsome set of eyes loomed out of the darkness as the Senegal Bush Male continued past our vehicle on yet another territorial patrol.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
With the flush of greenery, grazing animals such as zebra thrive. Many have given birth to the next generation of striped stunners.