Our first sighting of the day...
A Wahlberg's Eagle fluffing up its feathers to keep warm in the chilly morning air
This herd of running Impala heralded the start of one of the most exciting interactions
I have ever witnessed
Until we noticed that these two vehicles had spotted a leopard lying on these rocks.
The group was less than 200m from the lions.
We joined at 07h13...
07h52: The lioness has now arrived on the rock,
and is waiting for the rest of the pride to join her.
It is only when you get these predators together,
that you realize how big the lioness actually is.
They eye each other out...
Talk about a "hissy fit"...
In our vehicle we held our collective breath.
Would the lions attack?
Would they find the cub?
If either happened,
this interaction would not end well for either mom or her offspring.
But none of the lions seemed keen to climb the tree.
08h04: Luckily the lions seemed to lose interest...
and almost as quickly as they had arrived, they left.
On the vehicle we breathed again.
08h27: We leave mom and baby to survive another day...
I was really glad that this interaction ended the way it did.
The thought of watching these predators fighting to the death for "no reason"
did not sit well with me.
I do understand that nature can be cruel...and that survival of the fittest is the only law applicable
08h29: We leave.
For all the participants, this story had a happy ending.
This is why I enjoy coming to the bush!
All these images were taken during a morning game drive from this lodge.
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