Family Life – Hyena Style!

What a sighting …

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Thanda’s Hyenas are rather shy and usually move away quickly when disturbed. But this morning, after heavy rainfall in the night, we found a Hyena family outside their den. Two little ones where playing around their elders and a very small pup had a prolonged suckling session. It did not want it stop even when the adult female got up and started walking away. For a little while the tiny Hyena was dragged along until it finally release mum. A beautiful sighting on a damp morning!

Pictures by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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A patient cat!

I really enjoyed this one!

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Thanda Safari guests’ enjoyed today’s Leopard sighting. The beautiful cat climbed a tree after an encounter with another male and then stayed there patiently until all game viewing vehicles had come by and all our guests had a good look at him. As the last vehicle arrived he decided to leave the tree and disappear in the undergrowth.

What an evening!

Picture by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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On Bheki’s hands …

What is the little creature on my tracker Bheki’s hand. Not the fly, the other one?

What does it eat and how does it hunt?

Let’s see who gets it right!

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LONG LIVE THE KING – Africa Geographic Magazine

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Nine of my Lion images got published in the recent issue of Africa Geographic Magazine. The pictures accompany an article by ecologist and science journalist Cheryl Lyn Dybas titled the LONG LIVE THE KING – LAST ROAR OF AFRICA’S LIONS.

As a partner photographer for Panthera, the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species, I had been asked to contribute to this story about the plight of Lions in West and Central Africa. And I was very happy to do so!

An interesting and important – but very sobering – article!

http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-88/long-live-the-king/ 

#africageo #pantheracats #panthera #christiansperka

 

 

Bird of the Day – African Fish Eagle

The sound of Africa: African Fish Eagle – This picture was taken at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal (St.Lucia Estuary).

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The African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply. It is the national bird of Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan.

This species resembles the North American Bald Eagle in appearance.

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2-3.6 kg (7-8 lbs) is larger than the male, at 2-2.5 kg (4.4-5.5 lbs). The adult is very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body with a white head like the Bald Eagle and large, powerful, black wings. The plumage of the juvenile is brown in colour, and the eyes are paler compared to the adult. The feet have rough soles and are equipped with powerful talons in order to enable the eagle to grasp slippery aquatic prey.

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