Friday, September 21, 2018

The leopards of Sabi Sabi. On game drives from Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

THIS is why I visit the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.
In all the years that I have been visiting this property, 
I have always been privileged to experience at least one leopard sighting.
It was no different on this trip!
The shirt on the left of frame belongs to our tracker, Sydney.

This male is well known to the staff
as he has a passion for eating buffalo dung.
Looking at the "expression" on his face.
I am not so sure if he REALLY enjoys the taste.
I am almost certain that an Impala or something similar
would be far more acceptable.

Up close and personal.
It is only when you get to be almost in touching distance
that you get to understand the true magnificence of this predator.

Single-minded in his walk to get to a water source before the sun sets...

Or perhaps to take a moment in the fading afternoon light 
to contemplate where/what his next meal might be.

Sometimes it is just all too much
and a yawn and a nap might be all that is required.

Often the only sign of the presence of one of these cats
is the remains of a carcass in a tree.
We were very lucky to spent time with this youngster and his kill

Look carefully and you can the remnants of the hair of the Impala
clinging to the lip of this leopard.

You do NOT want to be on the receiving end of these claws.
Tinged with blood from an earlier, successful hunt.

It remained in the tree, vocalizing, while we sat,watched and listened.
Soon we were to discover the reason for the growling...

This, much larger, leopard was lying about 60m away!
Fast asleep, without a care in the world.
Possibly awaiting his turn at the carcass once the "owner" had left.

This young hyena entered the arena...
intent on picking up the scraps that fell from the tree.
And more importantly, not getting killed by either of the males.

As the sun sank quickly below the horizon,
the life and death cycle of the African bushveld had been completed
...for today...
Would another animal fall prey in the darkness?
Very possibly as that is the way of the wild.
For one animal to live another will have to die.

To find out more about this camp and what it offers,
visit their website:



 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.


I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

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When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

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This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...


When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
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