This week has seen various creatures fall into the viewfinder, with a gorgeous bokeh of green dominating the images.
Leopards and lions take charge of the predator space, with the Senegal Bush Male leading the way on a territorial patrol and the Ntomi Male showing off in a fallen marula tree. On the lion’s side of things, the Ntsevu Pride take centre stage as they have been in the limelight after we found their den. Everyone trying their luck to get down and hopefully see the cubs.
And a few other supporting roles carry this week across the line with baby warthogs, giraffes, buffalo, swallows and yawning baboons.
All-in-all it has been a magnificent week.
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Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
In a bokeh of green, the Senegal Bush Male struts through a clearing on a territorial patrol.
Initially seen as a young male in 2016, this leopard only properly established territory on Londolozi in mid-2019
A Ntsevu Lioness briefly rested on a termite mound before yawning and then getting up to join the rest of the pride lying down on the road ahead.
Welcoming the new day from the limbs of a large albizia tree.
I spy with my little eye. Are you able to identify this leopard?
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
Two Red-billed Oxpeckers flutter down to a puddle in the road from the back of a giraffe in order to quench their thirst.
Tracker Ray with his huge smile while watching the Ntomi Male resting in a fallen marula.
A different view of the same sighting, now with the focus shifting to the Ntomi Male.
Two Barn Swallows perch in the morning sunlight. These small birds are often found in big flocks sitting on the branches of a tree. They are palearctic migrants and will remain in the Southern hemisphere until March/April when they return North to breed.
Kate and Equalizer were also there with their guests to view the Ntomi Male on this fallen marula. Equalizer was in fact the one who found the leopard for us all, spotting him lying on this very branch from about 50m away.
Being the first one to the waterhole ahead of a herd of about 200, this large male had access to un-muddied, undisturbed clear water to drink, not that it really mattered to them.
Two giraffes stand tall amongst the dead leadwood trees near Lex’s pan.
A family of warthogs trot off in tight formation, tails raised to the sky.
The Ntsevu Pride are denning several cubs in the densely vegetated banks of the Sand River. I got my first glimpse of these tiny lions this past week.
The Ntomi Male, possibly our most entertaining leopard at the moment, had us all captivated for hours on a recent rainy morning. Something I only noticed after taking the photo was that he in fact had a spider web and spider amongst his eyebrow whiskers.
Kudu bulls, mostly solitary outside of the breeding season, sport an incredible set of spiralled horns. This male is nothing short of a truly spectacular specimen.
Ranger Shaun D’Arujo and his guests watch on as three of the Ntsevu Females, prepare themselves for an evening of activity. Yawn and grooming precede most bouts of activity.
A cow elephant walks intently towards the Sand River with the rest of her herd in tow.