THE EVENING POST – A BIT OF A SWAGGER

At the end of today’s game drive I took this short video of an Elephant bull following a breeding herd. Like a teenager he walked confidently down the road with a bit of a swagger before turning into the tree-line.

Have a good Sunday!

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THE MORNING POST – THE ACROBAT

My favorite eagle, the Bateleur, has a French name which stands for ‘Tide Rope Walker’ or more freely translated juggler or acrobat (German: Gaukler / Zulu: iNgqungqulu). Due to its very short tail it got a very distinct way of flying which probably led to this rather unusual name.

It is the most colorful of the eagles in Africa. At Thanda we are at the Southern end of its distribution range and we are lucky to see them regularly on the reserve.

I realize that I have neglected my bird posts a bit over the last few weeks, but I will try to do better in the future 😊.

Have a good day!

Male and Female

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THE EVENING POST – JUST ALONG THE ROAD!

After a very pleasant afternoon game drive I was on the way home as the sun was about to set. On the road, which leads to the Thanda Safari Lodge, this beautiful scene presented itself: Perfectly lit Giraffes in front of the Lebombo Mountains!

Enjoy your evening.

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THE EVENING POST – Thanda Cats Book

Now available for delivery world-wide!

Recently I had quite a few questions regarding my Thanda Cats coffee table book. Besides being available for purchase at Thanda Safari’s curio shops I can also send it to you wherever you are in the world.

Click here to have a look at some sample spreads from the large, 108 page, high quality, soft cover, 30x30cm, 12×12″ book. Also for price/shipping information and/or to order the book:

https://sperka.info/thandacats/

It is all about Thanda Safari’s Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs.

PS: I took the title page picture, the ‘Bird Watching Lioness’, in April 2013.

THE MORNING POST – A BIT OF A LAUGH

Spotted Hyenas often look like they are laughing. But fierce competition within their species and pressure from Lions provide very few reasons for laughter. I love to watch these incredible creatures, the leaders of nature’s clean up crew 😊

Have a good Wednesday!

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THE EVENING POST – WHAT A PITCH!

https://youtu.be/5_rnlXnxMIE

I love the high-pitched sound Cheetahs produce when they are calling one another. This is a short video of a male coalition calling for a female nearby. We were parked right next to them and I was able to get this footage with my iPhone.

I hope you will enjoy your evening!

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THE MORNING POST – WET LEO

Walking through wet grass left one of Thanda Safari’s male Lion’s mane looking much darker than it really is.

But whatever the color, he is a handsome animal and he knows it 😊

Enjoy the day!

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… and on a historical note …

On 22 May 2004, exactly 16 years ago, His Majesty King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu officially opened Thanda Safari Lodge.

Right now the only visitors at this most beautiful place are our animals, but we are looking forward to welcoming guests again soon, from all over the world!

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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!