Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mother & cub interaction

This female Leopard and her 15 month old female cub have provided us with some fascinating interaction around the mother's kills lately. The cub or should I say sub-adult is nearing the time when she must move off and find a territory of her own.

It is not so easy sharing mom's kills anymore!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Avian portraits

Below are some portrait shots of some large but rather rare Southern African specials .

I was lucky enough to see a Slaty Egret on a recent trip to Moremi, Botswana and working in the lowveld provides the occasional opportunity to view Ground Hornbills and Saddle Billed Storks in one of their last habitat strongholds.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Young Guns

There have been remarkable sightings of the young guns in the Western Sabi Sands lately.

This relaxed and very confident young male Leopard is 1 of 2 cubs belonging to our resident female while these young Wild Dog pups are part of a litter of 7 that have a den in our area for the first time in many years. (These pups have endless energy and are proving very tough to photograph!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Winter light

Winter in the bushveld provides wonderful backlight opportunities in the early mornings and evenings, a Side Striped Jackal and Zebra make great subjects.

My personal favourite is this Verraux's Eagle Owl raising his feather crest and catching the last warming rays of the evening.

Mapogo in motion, mother & cub

Lions have many different faces and are always a pleasure to watch.
One of the Mapogo coalition quenches a mighty thirst after a vicious Buffalo feeding frenzy with 2 of his brothers in the Sand river one cold morning. While just further south the next generation is gently nurtured...