ECTOTHERM MONDAY – LEAVE ME ALONE!

I took this picture today at Lake Panic in Kruger National Park – a White-breasted Cormorant gave all the Terrapins (Fresh Water Turtle) a really hard time.

Eventually they all submerged into the lake and left the angry bird alone 😊

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK – BIG SOON

“I will be big soon and then you will be afraid of me, just wait …”

This little African Elephant calf displayed all the signs of intimidation to scare me away and got very frustrated when I would not move.

At the encounter on Friday evening the baby’s mum was very calm and looked rather amused on her offsprings behavior 😊

Have a good week!

Check out the video from this sighting at https://youtu.be/hivicSRuHEk

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MAMMAL FRIDAY – LIONS IN THE RAIN

Yesterday evening Thanda Safari’s male Lion coalition did not enjoy the rain but they still went for a walk to have a look for our neighbor’s male, who decided to roar in the late afternoon.

Nothing motivates a male Lion more to get active, than competition announcing itself to the world.

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – GREEN WINGED PYTILIA

The *Green Winged Pytilia* (Pytilia melba) is a very colorful finch species found all over sub-Saharan Africa. The Southern subspecies is also know as Melba Finch.

I took these pictures last week during an excursion to the kuMasinga hide at Mkuze National Park.

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ECTOTHERM MONDAY – BUTTERFLY FIGHT

I am not good at identifying Butterflies but I like this picture of a butterfly fight which I took a few days ago.

PS: The white specimen on the right lost 😊

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK – FEVER TREES IN THE MORNING MIST

Seeing Fever Trees (Vachellia xanthophloea) in the morning mist is one of my favorite ‘sightings’ on a summer safari.

These beautiful trees with their unique yellow-green phosphorous bark are prevalent at Thanda. Two beautiful specimina are just outside my home.

In isiZulu the tree is called uMkhanyakude, which means ‘the tree which shines from afar’. What an apt name.

I wish you a good week!

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK – LEOPARD

This is my first Leopard picture, which I shot in December 2002. Ned (the name given to this magnificent male) was part of the Munyawana Leopard Project. Wild animals are usually not given any names on game reserves, except if they are part of a research project.

Enjoy your weekend!

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BIRD WEDNESDAY – GOLDEN-BREASTED BUNTING

With its striking yellow (golden) breast this is one of my favorite small birds.

Golden-breasted Buntings are regularly seen at the waterhole near my home on Thanda.

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ECTOTHERM MONDAY – DUNG BEETLES

Ants are commonly observed lifting heavy objects, but they are not the strongest members of the insect world.

Dung Beetles are known to lift weights up to over 1,000 times their own body weight—a load equivalent to a human lifting over 80,000 kg (~180,000 pounds).

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK – ELEPHANT BULL

This impressive African Elephant bull followed a breeding herd away from a local waterhole.

In the background is the Intibane Lodge, the home of Ulwazi Research, which is Thanda Safari’s Volunteer Program.

In case you are interested in volunteering: https://www.ulwaziresearch.com

Enjoy your week!

… and as a bonus picture the family group he followed …

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