Elephants and Clouds

This week we had some amazing sunsets. I really enjoyed this particular evening as I was watching a few Elephant bulls in front of Thanda House. They grazed around the house for over an hour. As I was watching them the most amazing cloud formations passed by. I captured them with my iPhone 7 Plus. Enjoy these African skies!

Elephants at Thanda House

White clouds …

Orange clouds …

Cloud formation …

Browsing under the evening sky …

 

What a month!

Many of you have realized that I did not blog a lot in February. I had two good reasons. First I had to have an eye operation to remove a small foreign object from my right eye (the surgery went very well :-). Then I took a while off to recover and to spend some time with my brother who visited South Africa.

We enjoyed our stays at the Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga – one of the best hotels anywhere – at the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in the Drakensberg – rightly known for its gourmet cuisine – and at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve – next to Thanda Safari my favorite place in KwaZulu Natal. We also did a day-excursion to St.Lucia for a walk on the Indian ocean and an excellent lunch (at a restaurant named ‘Reef and Dunes’). These are certainly some of the best places KwaZulu Natal has to offer. What a special program!

Here are a few pictures which I took on our travels to Durban, Pakamisa, Thanda, St.Lucia and to the Drakensberg.

And now it is back to Wildlife on Thanda Safari 🙂

The Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga, what a place, what a setting ...

The Oysterbox Hotel in Umhlanga, what a place, what a setting …

What an arrangement ...

A special flower arrangement in Oysterbox lobby …

Rain over the Pakamisa mountains ...

Rain over Pakamisa mountains …

Pakamisa, a special place to relax ...

Pakamisa, a special place to relax …

The Thanda Safari Lions impressed my brother by getting quite close ...

The Thanda Safari Lions impressed my brother by getting quite close …

And I slipped off the road on a game drive after heavy rains, but Bheki - my tracker - and I got the vehicle back onto the road ...

And I slipped off the road on a game drive after heavy rains, but Bheki – my tracker – and I got the vehicle back onto the road – what fun 🙂 …

... and Bheki's special smile as the rains approached ...

… and Bheki’s special smile as the rains approached on Thanda …

Near the beach in St.Lucia ...

Near the beach in St.Lucia …

A Splendid Locust on the St.Lucia beach ...

A Splendid Locust on the St.Lucia beach …

A beautiful setting and gourmet cuisine, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse ...

A beautiful setting and gourmet cuisine, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse …

The Drakensberg Mountains in the early morning ...

The Drakensberg Mountains in the early morning …

Not-so-wild-life ... this old cat kept me company as I relaxed at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse ...

Not-so-wild-life … this old cat kept me company as I relaxed at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse …

... and finally a dramatic sky over Thanda as I returned after travelling for almost 2,000 kilomteres ...

… and finally a dramatic sky over Thanda as I returned after travelling for almost 2,000 kilomteres …

Lion+

I have just uploaded a few more Lion images taken between 2006 and  2017. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg1 (total 76 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at http://www.sperka.biz/sg

Please contact me at info@sperka.com in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are some of the newly uploaded images!

Focus!

Focus!

50mm Lens!

50mm Lens!

iPhone Photography!

iPhone Photography!

My 2016 Favorite!

My 2016 Favorite!

Little one!

Little one!

His Majesty!

His Majesty!

No Power – Three Hours !

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During our last power failure – which lasted about 6 hours – I decided to leave my hot office and spend a few hours at the kuMasinga Hide and at Nsumo Pan on Mkhuze Game Reserve.

In the three hours I sat at the two hides I took mainly bird pictures. I thought I create a little bird quiz from these images.

Can you identify all 11 species?

Have fun and a good week!

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Water, finally …

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For the last few weeks we had proper rainfalls (over 125 mm) and most of the waterholes at Thanda Safari are now filling up nicely!

The small picture shows a herd of Buffalo in a completely dry dam only a few weeks ago. The big picture of the same waterhole was taken this week. Let us hope the rains will continue to the end of the wet season…

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In the small picture below the Elephant bulls were bathing in an almost empty dam. The large image shows the same dam almost full. The Elephants would now be under water 🙂

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Pictures by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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A Rough Meal

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When food is plentiful and the kill is large a pride of Lions will feed without a lot of fuss. But if the carcass is small and there are many Lions it can be a rough meal. If the dominant male is present then he will demand to eat first in peace and quiet. If any other member of pride approaches there will be a lot of growling and if they come to close the huge paws and long claws will come into action.

In this sighting two Lionesses and a young male had killed a Wildebeest and were feeding when the dominant male appeared. A fight over the food broke out. After the initial confrontation the Lions were ‘sharing’ the kill, but it was a noise and violent affair.

After he finished his meal the large male got up and started walking towards a nearby waterhole for a drink. This…

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Leopard+

I have just uploaded a few more Leopard images taken between 2005 and 2016. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg2 (total 74 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at http://www.sperka.biz/sg

Please contact me at info@sperka.com in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are the newly uploaded images!

Morning stroll ...

Morning stroll …

Change sides ...

Change sides …

Relax ...

Relax …

Rest and drink ...

Rest and drink …

Safe ...

Safe …

Rush ...

Rush …

Next to the road ...

Next to the road …

 

From the archives …

I have just uploaded 74 more Cheetah images taken between 2004 and early 2017. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg3 (total 189 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at http://www.sperka.biz/sg

Please contact me at info@sperka.com in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are a few of these new images!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Perch!

Perch!

Rush!

Rush!

Hide!

Hide!

Sunset!

Sunset!

Dinner!

Dinner!

Stretch!

Stretch!