THE MORNING POST – AFRICAN DUALHORN

It is quite usual to encounter a Black Rhino mum with two calf’s of different ages. I love this picture of a small Rhino family.

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THE MORNING POST – A TENSE MEETING

A picture from my archives: What an exciting sighting when a Black Rhino met a Lioness.

Rhinos do not like Lions. Lions are wary of Rhinos. So usually they stay away from one another but sometimes the Lions’ hunting instinct gets the better of them and they try to edge close to the Rhinos, or the two species just meet by accident. As soon as the Rhinos realize the proximity of cats they get very upset and start chasing their foe. That is usually the end of the encounter because at this stage the Lions move away. Due to the bad eyesight of all adult Rhinos the Lions sometimes get quite close.

In this particular case the Black Rhino bull appeared over the dam wall when it almost bumped into the Lioness. The large herbivore immediately went for the cat which made a hurried retreat.

The reason why Lions are interested in Rhinos is because on occasion they get to kill a young Rhino calf. And therefore Rhinos instinctively dislikes all cats and want to get rid of them!

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THE EVENING POST – UNICORNS AND SLYTHERIN

The evening’s game drive was all about Rhinos, Black and White. A little White Rhino was suckling as the patient mum stood very still for quite a long time. As we came around a corner in the road a Black Rhino listened very carefully before running off. And on the way home I could just stop the car in time, not to injure this beautiful African Rock Python as it crossed the road.

Have a good night!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI 53

A Cheepard!

Well, there is no such animal, but
I think this would be a good term for a Cheetah which behave more like a Leopard. One of Thanda Safari’s male Cheetahs is very shy and elusive, likes the thick bush and has no problem to disappear for days on end. Even with telemetry (all Thanda’s Cheetahs are part of a conservation program and wear radio collars) this specimen is behaving like Houdini.

But this morning, with the help of Thanda Safari’s wildlife coordinator Mariana Venter, I was able to take some good pictures of this beautiful cat. On the same game drive we saw another Cheetah female, a Black Rhino, a Black-headed Heron and a magnificent Kudu bull in the morning mist.

What a drive!

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXXXVIII

Today we had an incredible lock down safari. There were animals everywhere.

We saw White Rhino, Southern Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Burchell’s Zebra, Warthog, Glossy Starling, Grey Heron, Woolly-necked Stork, Wattled Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Terrapin, Fork-tailed Drongo, Red-billed Oxpeckers and Egyptian Goose.

But the absolut highlight, after the sun had already set, were two Black Rhinos getting curious and strolling towards our vehicle. They came all the way up to about five meters before they moved off.

What an evening! Enjoy this video footage of the Rhinos which I took with a very long lens. Listen for the snort!

Have a good evening and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXIV – WHITE&BLACK

https://youtu.be/kRUfY0clqQQ

Enjoy this video record of the highlight of tonight‘s Lock Down Safari: An encounter between White Rhinos and a Black Rhino. Stay home and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI VIII

It was a true Rhino evening. Just as the sun had set an encounter between Black Rhinos and White Rhinos proofed, that the White Rhinos are the cool dudes.

When the Black Rhino threw a bit of a tantrum and ran straight towards their larger cousins, they did not even move a muscle. A very special sighting of species interaction.

Enjoy your weekend. Stay home and stay safe!

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BLACK RHINO WEEK

I am featuring a species per week on my social media channels. Here is a summary of the last week’s posts (and some blog bonus images). I hope you enjoy some of my favorite Black Rhino pictures :-).

Charge …

Ready for action …

Marking …

Relative …

Close enough …

Focused …

With mum …

Temper …

Rain …

Rain is coming …

Down the road …

Smile …

Protect …

Sunset …

Browser …

Rush …

Next week’s species: Buffalo …

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White last night – Black this morning!

Over the last few days we had some incredible sightings on Thanda. But these are two of my favorite images from ten exciting game drives.

A White Rhino Bull last night and a Black Rhino this morning.

More soon …

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Profile

This is a very typical profile view of a Black Rhino. Heads up, ears forward and alert, nostril wide and ready for action.

Meeting these creatures on foot is one of the most exciting experiences of any African walking safari.

This picture is the result of good luck, a long lens and the right light 🙂

Picture details: Hooked-lipped Rhinoceros – Black Rhino | Location: South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500 f4L | AV | ISO 200 | 1/1000s | f/4 | 0eV | WB 6500K – post processing corrected | free-hand