THE EVENING POST – CROSSING THE ROAD

Let’s make this Elephant week with my fourth Ellie post.

Today this bull calmly crossed the road right in front of me. I love to be close to these impressive creatures. As he approached I backed up a bit and made space for him to cross without changing his direction. He gave me a ‘smell’ with his trunk and a good look before he crossed.

Have a good weekend!

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THE MORNING POST – OBSTINACY

You can almost see this Cape Buffalo calf thinking: ‘what are you looking at?’ – Very fitting for an animal whose group name is obstinacy!

Have a good weekend 😊

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THE EVENING POST – JUST TOO CUTE

This picture was just too cute. I had to post it even if we are having a bit of an Elephant week 🐘

The picture was taken with my iPhone at the Thanda Safari Lodge.

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THE MORNING POST – ASKARIS

https://youtu.be/jS6v830w4T0

Askaris are a group of young Elephants found in the company of an old bull. As Bheki and I drove back in my SUV from Villa iZulu to Base Camp we encountered these Askaris crossing the road.

I had to back up a little to make space for the old bull coming from the side. It might sound and look threatening but these young bulls were busy with one another and had no interest in us and the old gentlemen just passed by without even looking our way. You can see that his arrival alone calms down the young bulls immediately.

Observe the low-rumble communication. A perfect Elephant encounter 🐘

PS: The mystery bird from yesterday’s evening post was a male Golden Breasted Bunting 🐦

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BIRD QUIZ

*A question for the birders among you?* 🐦

I will create a special WhatsApp Broadcast List for everyone who would like to get my daily bird ID quiz 🐦

Just send me a WhatsApp message to +27633294323 in case you would like to be included 🐦

The quiz will start tomorrow! 🐦

THE MORNING POST – THE LADY WAS NOT ANUSED

Giraffe courtship can take a long time. As a female gets into estrous a male (or males) will pursue her and try to mate. But she will only submit once she is ready. Scenes like this one are quite common. But the gentleman will not give up easily.

The lady will start walking in tight circles around him and touching his sides in the process when she is good and ready.

Chatting up – Giraffe style 😊

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THE EVENING POST – LARGE TUSKS AND A SMALL TRUNK

One of Thanda Safari’s breeding herd of Elephants had a morning drink at the Safari Lodge. This is a short video of the smallest calf with its tiny trunk and the largest bull with his impressive tusks.

Enjoy your evening 😊

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THE MORNING POST – INTERRUPTED DRINK STOP

Two male Cheetah walked in on us as we were enjoying an evening drink stop at a waterhole. After everyone got back in the vehicle the two boys got their drink while we were watching, enjoying our own drinks 😊

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THE MORNING POST – INTERRUPTED DRINK STOP

Two male Cheetah walked in on us as we were enjoying an evening drink stop at a waterhole. After everyone got back in the vehicle the two boys got their drink while we were watching, enjoying our own drinks 😊

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