EVENING POST

A herd of Cape Buffalo having an evening drink at Mgankla dam at Thanda Safari ๐Ÿ˜Š

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THE DAILY POST – TAKE OFF

This Red-billed Oxpecker was using the boss of a Cape Buffalo bull as a take-off platform ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a good week!

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THE EVENING POST – A DRINK WITH MUM

This young Cape Buffalo calf had a drink with mum just as the sun was setting. For some reason – not obvious to me – these two were not with a herd but moved around by themselves. It is possible that they might have caught up with their family after they left the waterhole.

Have a good evening!

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THE MORNING POST – QUIET

Sometimes it is better to be very quiet and to make not a move. A herd of Cape Buffalo had chased a pride of Lions around and this Lioness went straight up into a tree. The Buffalo could still smell her but not see her.

The herd spent hours around the area and the Lions had to wait in the trees until the Buffalo had departed!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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THE EVENING POST – STAMPEDE

‘I am leaving if that crowd is coming here โ˜น๏ธ’. Cape Buffalo and Greater Kudu at a Thanda Safari waterhole.

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THE EVENING POST – CLOSE TO POWER

Late this afternoon I passed a small waterhole just as this old Cape Buffalo Bull turned around and came a bit closer to give me a good look. I had my iPhone on eye level with this impressive creature to get this special perspective shot ๐Ÿ˜Š

PS: Please do not try this yourself unless you know how to interpret the buffalo’s moods.

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THE MORNING POST – ON THE MOVE

When we were returning to Thanda Safari’s Villa iZulu on a very windy afternoon we had to pass a large herd of Cape Buffalo. This is a short ‘drive by eye level video’ I took on that occasion with my iPhone ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a successful Monday!

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THE MORNING POST – WINTER RAIN

It is the first time since my arrival in South Africa – over eight years ago – that we had rain in June. The over 50mm (about 2″) are very welcome.

For a little while there will be water puddles all over the reserve which the smaller creatures use to quench their thirst and the large ones, like this Cape Buffalo Bull, often use for a cooling mud bath on a hot day. I ran into this impressive Dugga boy during last night’s game drive. Dugga boy is a local term for a single old Buffalo bull which is no longer moving with the herd but stay by himself.

Have a good week!

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THE EVENING POST – TRANQUILITY

It was quite foggy and very chilly when I drove this morning to one of the more remote waterholes on Thanda Safari. I spent there a few very quiet hours listening to bird sounds all around me. Only one old Buffalo Bull was coming to drink.

But sometimes ‘not much happening’ is just what is needed ๐Ÿ˜Š

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