One week in the Lowveld!

I spent the last week in Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to collect photographic material for a special project.

With the weather being perfect – most of the time – I was able to get many great images.

Here are some of my favorites, one from each game drive!

Enjoy the pictures and have a good week 😊

Monday Evening – Malachite Kingfisher bath

Tuesday Evening – Leopard female in a tree

Wednesday Morning – Hyena pups in the early morning

Wednesday Afternoon – Unhappy Cape Buffalo bull

Thursday Morning – Knob-billed Duck male impressing the ladies

Thursday Afternoon – Mating Lions

Friday Morning – Leopard following a scent

Friday Afternoon – A Wild Dog having a good stretch

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Hippo Fun …

How a Hippo has fun? The most comical picture from my trip to the Lowvelt – more to come soon 😊

MAMMAL FRIDAY – MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

I took these two Leopard portraits last night during a very exciting sighting with Leopard – Hyena interaction at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

The cub is no longer a baby but it’s head and face structure (top picture) is still distinct from the mum’s (bottom picture).

Enjoy your weekend!

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EYES by Christian Sperka @ Thanda Tented Camp

I love photographing large felines. Seven of my EYES Series Cats Pictures are now on display at Thanda Safari’s Tented Camp. The images look fabulous being printed on very large high quality canvases (the largest are 1.6m x 1.3m).

For more information about my photography or about Thanda Safari just send an email to info@sperka.com!

BIRD WEDNESDAY – PIED KINGFISHER

This Pied Kingfisher male was feeding another Pied Kingfisher.

He is either the father or a male helper feeding either a chick or one of the breeding birds. These ‘helpers’ are males whose breeding attempts have failed.

There testosterone level is reduced and they help the species along by providing ‘catering services’!

Picture taken at Kruger National Park, Lake Panic Hide.

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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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