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28 Jan

13-14 December 2016 – The Leopards steal the show

Lions

 

Thanda Impi male Lions

 

We found both males having a very dozy nap on Catwalk west, so they moved back into Mbiri pride territory. There really isn’t much to be said about the sighting, because the highlight was the Sizanani male rolling over once. That however is Lions!

 

Talamati pride

 

We also one sighting of 7 of the Talamati pride, one of the adult females and 6 sub-adults. They were found on S8 link, and we found them just as they got going. Initially the sighting was very sluggish, with some of the sub-adults posing beautifully, but besides that not much. After about 15 minutes, the adult female started stalking some Impala, but they soon moved out of range of the inexperienced Lions.

One of the young males of the Talamati pride. ISO 2500, f5, 1/60sec

 

Leopard

 

Tekwane male

 

This male is still flirting with the north of the reserve, but seems to be hanging around in the area, rather than moving on and off the reserve. He is an incredibly confident male and a real threat to the Rhulani male in this area. We found him on Civet road, lying next to a large Sodic site. He stayed in the shade and then after about an hour moved deeper into the drainage area. He is easily recognized by having 1 spot about the whisker lines, on either side of his face. I think this is a male we are going to be seeing a lot of.

The most piercing eyes! Tekwane male Leopard. ISO 640, f7.1, 1/400sec

Swatting flies! The summer heat releases a lot of biting flies, which are not just irritating to humans. ISO 500, f7.1, 1/500sec

 

Ntsuntsu male Leopard

 

We found the Ntsuntsu male twice over the 2 days. He was first found at Khoka Moya Dam, where he moved into the drainage line to sleep through the heat of the day. That same afternoon, we found him courting with an unknown female on Ngala loop. She took off, and we followed him as he followed her scent. He also started showing some confidence, when he started rasping. We eventually left him, moving west across Ngala loop.

Lying in a thick drainage line north of Khoka Moya Dam. Ntsuntsu male Leopard. ISO 2000, f8, 1/320sec

Following the scent of the female. ISO 800, f7.1, 1/800sec

A show of defiance. Ntuntsu is clearly indicating to both Rhulani and the Tekwane male that he is ready. ISO 800, f7.1, 1/320sec

 

Other views of the bush

 

Big Elephant bull, slowly mulling over the new fresh greenery on Buffalo plains. ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/500sec

 

Until the next blog

 

Darren and the Tintswalo Safari Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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