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…….
A Rhino and Cape Buffalo create an interesting alliance…..
A beautiful pose by ‘Xikavi’
A Wild Dog enjoys his reward from a successful hunt
Cheetah looking at potential target
A Hippo casts a cautious glance in my direction….
No Safari is complete without Elephants!
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.
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.
Zebra….Up close and personal
Baboon and baby cross a road as Buffalo moved into the area.
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.
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 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.
In the following video, you’ll see that Majigilane Lion trying to court the Othawa Lioness:
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.
A tender moment between a Hyena and her cubs…..
A photo-bombing Giraffe decides to make an appearance….
A Hyena cub makes a chew toy out of her mother’s foot….
Ravenscourt (Male) and Tasselberry (Female) during their mating ritual.
Red Bull is not the only thing that gives you wings. Oxpeckers apparently do it as well.
Hyena and cub…..
A very hard to find Mongoose…..normally very shy and elusive
Who knew that the Rock Monitor has the prettiest tongue in the animal kingdom?
One of many breathtaking sunsets that we experienced…