Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ladies Dispute Territory!

We were following the Tlangisa female (2 yrs old) strolling along in her new territory and she was scent marking vigorously! Then suddenly out of nowhere came the Metsi female, her older step sister (5 yrs) who is territorial on the western side of Tlangisa.

Metsi followed her for about 5 minutes, stalking and crouching and marking on top of Tlangisa's scent without her even knowing...we thought a possible clash was imminent! Tlangisa eventually saw her and ran in the opposite direction, avoiding the conflict and confirming that Metsi is on top for now. Metsi seems to be increasing her territory in a south eastern direction and it will be interesting to see if Tlangisa moves north or stands her ground. EXCITING times!!!

Metsi does have two 11 month old male cubs to look after so needs as much space as possible, Tlangisa is very strong for her age but possibly lacks confidence that only comes with experience!

Poor light for photography but great behavioural stuff, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Little Aerial Acrobats

I found a pair of Little Bee Eaters on a very overcast morning yesterday so the light wasn't great but I decided to spend some time trying to capture them in flight, not the easiest of tasks as I discovered. High shutterspeeds, ISO and lots of patience required to capture these lightning fast little guys. They have a few favoured perches that they like to use and the trick is to anticipate where they are gonna land...this branch allowed me a few shots!