Scenes From Safari:  Part V

Scenes From Safari: Part V

I continue to work through my hard drive and memory cards in search of my favorite shots.   In this installment enjoy the Hippos, Rhino, Leopard, and Cheetah.   I’ve also attached a video of an underrated and very critical critter…….

To catch up on previous posts in this series, please use the following links:  Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.

 

A Lion Cub returns my stare.....

A Lion Cub returns my stare…..

African Green Pigeon

African Green Pigeon


 

A Rhino and Cape Buffalo create an interesting alliance.....

A Rhino and Cape Buffalo create an interesting alliance…..

A beautiful pose by 'Xikavi'

A beautiful pose by ‘Xikavi’

A Wild Dog enjoys his reward from a successful hunt

A Wild Dog enjoys his reward from a successful hunt

Dayone approaches

Dayone approaches

Cheetah looking at potential target

Cheetah looking at potential target

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A Hippo casts a cautious glance in my direction....

A Hippo casts a cautious glance in my direction….

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No Safari is complete without Elephants!

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Cape Buffalo…in this case a ‘Dugga Boy’, or an old male that has been kicked out of the breeding herd…..Sound familiar?

 

In the following video, you’ll see Dung Beetles working a pile of Dung as they prepare to lay their larvae.   The Beetles will lay their larvae in the dung, roll the dung into a near perfect ball and bury it.  In about 2 weeks the larvae will hatch and emerge from the dung ball.    The newly-hatched Beetle will live for about 2 years.

Scenes From Safari: Part IV

Scenes From Safari: Part IV

I’ve managed to pull out a few more photos from the thousands that I’m sorting through.  I’ve also attached a great video my wife captured as a Hyena was entertaining her cubs at sunset.

To see previous installments, please click here for Part I, click here for Part 2, and click here for Part 3.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

'Baby on Board'

‘Baby on Board’

 

Angel_Vulture

An ‘angelic’ Vulture awaits opportunity…..

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A nervous Warthog literally ‘hightails’ it away from me….

 


 

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A Warthog got the better end of deal after confronting this Lioness…..

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A pack ‘elder’ leads these young Wild Dogs on a hunt…..

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An adolescent and baby Giraffe look on….

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Affectionately known to his fans as ‘Scar Nose’

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A female Bearded Woodpecker doing what a woodpecker does….

A Majingilane male naps next to his Othawa pride Lioness

A Majingilane male naps next to his Othawa pride Lioness

 

The following video captures some great scenes as 2 Hyena Cubs play with their ‘Babysitter’….

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……

Duiker

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.

 

Hyena_Cubs_Den

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

 

Photo_Bomb_Giraffe

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…..

 

Mongoose

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

 

Rock_Monitor_Tongue

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…