If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable."- Rainer Maria Rilke
It is incredible to think that we are moving out of winter already, as time flies by one thing remains - constant AMAZING animal sightings. In this highlights blog, we have included last months sightings, creating a bumper issue for your enjoyment.
Here are some sneak peeks,
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Marulas boy has been seen a number of times the last two months after a long absence, he is growing fast but he has a tough time with all the other males in the area but he seems to be flying under the radar and staying out of harms way. This winter the large buffalo herds have been uncharacteristically scarce, but when they have been around they are inevitably being trailed by lions which could be the main reason why we are not seeing the herds as they keep moving trying not to give the lions any chances. A brown headed parrot more often heard than seen, adding some color to the drab winter bush. A young Giant plated rock lizard peers out of a termite mound that is also occupied by a group of Dwarf mongoose, perhaps this little guy is using them as protection against predators such as snakes. This male lion and his younger coalition partner are new comers to the area and we are not sure where from but judging by the size of him he is a force to be reckoned with and since their arrival even the two brazen Mbirri males have made themselves scarce. We had a new pride of lions move through our traversing area, they are known as the Myambula pride from the southern sections of the Timbavati, it seems the void left by the Machaton pride is being picked up on and drawing in lions from all over investigating the potential of the area. One of our nocturnal inhabitants the African wildcat, rarely seen and even more rare to photograph due to their elusive nature. A young hyena takes time out to catch a snooze after a wrestling match with its siblings. When it comes to photographing textures no subject is better than the elephant, especially when there is golden winter sunlight. An elephant learning to use his trunk waving a branch around trying to get it into his open mouth without much success made for a very comical moment. The old Machaton female has been seen regularly around camp, she managed to kill a young giraffe only to have it stolen by hyenas, in the battle over the kill she received a beating from the hyenas and is still nursing the wounds. We have been seeing Marula female a lot the last few weeks, and on some occasions she has been found far east of her usual territory, scent marking and seemingly claiming it as her own in the absence of Nyeleti, time will tell as to what happens as Nyeleti has recently been seen again after months of not being around. Nthombi female looks like she is heavily pregnant and we eagerly await the arrival of her cubs, she is a fantastic mom so we hoping for the best that she can raise these cubs to adulthood and we have some spectacular leopard viewing on the horizon. One of the great mysteries of the bush, how do our trackers spot these Flap-necked chameleons at night?