Scenes From Safari:  Part III

Scenes From Safari: Part III

I continue to work out sorting out the 18k photos.   Here is the latest batch of shots that I thought were worth sharing.  If you missed the previous installments you can find Part I here, and Part II here.

In Part III, I’ve included a video capturing a fairly rare moment where a male lion from the Majingilane coalition was spending time with a Lioness from the Othawa pride in the hopes of furthering the population.   He would not have any luck this time.

Enjoy!

 

Zebra....Up close and personal

Zebra….Up close and personal

 

Baboon and baby cross a road as Buffalo moved into the area.

Baboon and baby cross a road as Buffalo moved into the area.

 

Warthog watches with a wary eye....

Warthog watches with a wary eye….

 

'Lesser Spotted' Weaver males work on their nests. Look closely to the left and you'll see a Striated Heron sitting on her nest.

‘Lesser Spotted’ Weaver males work on their nests. Look closely to the left and you’ll see a Striated Heron sitting on her nest.

 

A rare sighting of a female (l) and male (r) Bataleur Eagle.

A rare sighting of a female (l) and male (r) Bataleur Eagle.

 

A very pregnant Zebra eats for 2, while an Oxpecker goes for a ride....

A very pregnant Zebra eats for 2, while an Oxpecker goes for a ride….

 

A rare 'blonde' version of a Wahlberg's Eagle. About 5-10% come from the factory 'as blondes'. Most are dark brown.

A rare ‘blonde’ version of a Wahlberg’s Eagle. About 5-10% come from the factory ‘as blondes’. Most are dark brown.

 

The following sequence is of a rare Night Heron that seldon appears the in the daytime.   The exception is typically only made when it is looking for a viable nesting area for her eggs.    I spend a good deal of time watching and enjoying her.

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In the following video, you’ll see that Majigilane Lion trying to court the Othawa Lioness:



Scenes From Safari: Part II

Scenes From Safari: Part II

Picking up where I left off from Scenes From Safari: Part I, here are several more moments from our Safari trip to Dulini last week.

In addition to the photos, I’ve included a video clip showing an Elephant introducing her baby calf for the first time to the ‘public’.   It’s only a week old!

Not much else to say, other than enjoy the photos!

 

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Southern Red-Billed Hornbill

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‘Majingilane’ Coalition Males take time to rest with their Othawa Pride Lionesses

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A moment with Zebras ruined by a Photo-bombing Giraffe

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Lunchtime……

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Othawa Lioness taking a break from her cubs……

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This little Duiker shows off his Mohawk……

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‘Dayone’ looks a bit tired after a long day.

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An Othawa Lioness loves up her cubs….

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A Vulture comes in a bit too steep…..

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Part of the 300 pounds of food that will be eaten today by this Elephant…..

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Cheetah takes a breather after a successful hunt….

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Moving dinner to a safe spot….

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Now he can rest for a minute before Hyenas threaten his catch

 

And as mentioned before, here is the video debuting the new-born Elephant:

 


Scenes From Safari: Part I

Scenes From Safari: Part I

Last week, my wife and I headed out on what has become an annual Holiday for us.   We shipped ourselves to the African Bushveld aboard a combination of Lufthansa and SWISS flights for a week-long Safari at the Dulini Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand region of South Africa.

To say this has become our favorite travel destination is an understatement.   We’ve gone as far as to begin exploring the possibility of purchasing property in the area to build our retirement home within a game reserve so that we can literally enjoy a Safari everyday.  More likely than not, we’ll have a mailing address ‘down there’ one day.

After our first visit to Dulini, it was a no-brainer to go back.  Their hospitality, accommodations and access to some of the finest wildlife viewing would be hard to beat, so we’re not going to try.  In fact, we’ve already booked our return trip for next year.

Words really can’t explain the experience and how it can affect someone, but I hope some of the photos I’ve put below can begin to show why we feel the way we do.   The worst part of the trip is the last day.   The blunt realization that we have to leave this paradise is not easy to deal with.   The only solace we have is the fact that we are going back in less than a year.    359 days to be exact!

Enjoy the pics.  I’ll have more over the next few days after I shuffle through about 11,000 photos that came home with us.

Oh, and if you are wondering why there is a Dulini watermark and not my own on the photos , I’ve offered to share them with Dulini so that they can be used on their social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.   It was easier for me to process the photos only once and use their watermark.

 

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A tender moment between a Hyena and her cubs…..

 

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A photo-bombing Giraffe decides to make an appearance….

 

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A Hyena cub makes a chew toy out of her mother’s foot….

 

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Ravenscourt (Male) and Tasselberry (Female) during their mating ritual.

 

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Red Bull is not the only thing that gives you wings. Oxpeckers apparently do it as well.

 

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Hyena and cub…..

 

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A very hard to find Mongoose…..normally very shy and elusive

 

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Who knew that the Rock Monitor has the prettiest tongue in the animal kingdom?

 

One of many breathtaking sunsets that we experienced...

One of many breathtaking sunsets that we experienced…

 


South African Airways Back In Safari Game Trophy Transit Business

South African Airways Back In Safari Game Trophy Transit Business

I was hoping that this was not true when I first heard of it.

After contacting several reliable sources, I’m honestly saddened to say that South African has turned back its policy and is once again shipping Safari / Hunting Game Trophies.

What is sad about this is the fact the SAA was leading the charge when they announced the ban in April 2015.  Airlines lined up behind SAA with similar policies, but it was SAA that was the first to make a substantial stand and took the brunt of the criticism from the pro-hunting lobby.

It looks like the pro-Hunting lobby had gotten to SAA with veiled threats regarding the economic loss they’ll incur by not flying hunters to the animal’s death camps.  And apparently SAA is only thinking with dollar signs (or Rand signs as it were) in their short-sighted minds.

If there was one airline that I would think would take a tough stand against the eradication of threatened animals it would be SAA.   Considering the vibrant Bushveld full of beautiful critters that you’ll find in South Africa, its a shame that the nation’s flag-carrier wants to be part of the problem.

The murder of ‘Cecil’ apparently rang hollow on these foolish hypocrites…..

 

 

 

 

Scenes From A Dulini Lodge Safari Part IV:  The Many Faces Of A Cheetah

Scenes From A Dulini Lodge Safari Part IV: The Many Faces Of A Cheetah

To continue with my Dulini Lodge trip reports, Part IV will be comprised solely of a Cheetah that within a few minutes managed to share several facial expressions.   We came across her during an early morning Game Drive in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and followed her for the better part of an hour.   We were hoping for a hunt, but she had other ideas such as simply laying comfortably under a tree  entertaining the ‘tourists’.   Nevertheless I came away with several shots capturing her many expressions some of which are perhaps my favorite shots from the entire Safari.

You’ll notice in these photographs that I used Dulini’s logo as a watermark.   The reason for this is that I had given permission to the Lodge to use these photos on their website, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media outlets so instead of reprocessing the photos to have my ‘Aero-Shots’ watermark, I simply kept Dulini’s to save some time.

To get caught up on my previous Safari Posts, here’s is the index:

Part I:  Cheetah vs. Wild Dogs vs. Warthog

Part II:  A Leopard & Her Dinner

Part III:  Tlangisa & Her Cubs

Enjoy!

 

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I was hoping this stare was a precursor to a hunt but unfortunately it did not turn out that way. However this photo was voted as “Best Of Safari” by Mrs. LHFlyer.

 

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For a moment, I thought she saw something of interest other than myself…..

 

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Not exactly demonstrating her ‘Fastest Animal In The World’ capabilities…..

 

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She must be bored by now….

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My favorite expression of all the shots.

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Ominous threat? Not hardly, just a well drawn out yawn…..

 

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Gesundheit……