Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Lion around...sightings during an Extraordinary visit.




Seeing that these three camps share the Mluwati Concession,
I have combined lion sighting images taken during game drives
from all the properties.
Website details for each property at at the end of this posting

The camps are managed by this Extraordinary company!

Lions are usually active from sunset.
For the majority of the daylight hours they do little or nothing,
except eat (if they killed during the night) and sleep.
Mating takes place during the day...

"I am keeping a close eye on you".
This young male looked rather battle scarred and beaten.
There was some matted blood on his mane,
which was probably from a fight with an older male.
The life of a young lion is fraught with danger.
Either being injured during a hunt,
or when challenging the dominant male for territory.

How many kilometers has THIS paw padded along?

Good pad maintenance is important
in order to make certain that each member of the pride
 can hunt and keep up when the patrol their territory.

I did not realize that this lioness had blonde eyelashes.
That being said, she looks almost forlorn.

"He ain't heavy, he's my brother"?
Lions seem to enjoy close contact, but this seems to be taking it one step too far.

The business end of this predator.
Licking his lips in anticipation of what the night might bring?'

This older male had moved into the area but was not being accepted
by the incumbent pride.
It looks as if he has been on the receiving end
of interactions with one of large females.
Not being accepted means that he will have to fend for himself
or move on to another area where he might be more welcome.

This is the lioness that might have inflicted the damage.
Positioned not too far away, she was on high alert.

With this lighting, it is easy to see how a lioness can become almost 
invisible in the tall dry grass.

Even though I was focused on lions,
this flock of Guinea Fowl, scratching in elephant dung
caught the attention of my lens.

An early afternoon yoga class?

"Mmmm, I feel MUCH more relaxed"

Sunset...
And the lions, both male and female,
 disappeared into the darkness.

On the way back to camp we came upon these two males.

Lying close together they might well have been
 preparing to head off to hunt.

My final sighting...
Lions are truly magnificent creatures and well deserving of the title;
"King of the jungle"
My thanks to all the rangers involved in getting us to these amazing sightings.


The camps that we visited were:
 

 

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
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.

Photo:
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.
This time he was standing at the foot of a Baobab Tree,
estimated to be between 800-1000 years old!
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible 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:
Or order directly from:





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