Relaxing after the rains

Two of Thanda Safari’s Cheetah relaxing in front of the Lebombo mountains!

Have a good week!

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Birding Weekend

To all my birding friends:

In February Thanda Safari offers another birding weekend with James Rawdon. All our guests will have the opportunity to participate in the bird ringing sessions and get close up and personal with their feathered friends 😊

And I will be around to answer bird photography related questions!

Contact reservations@thanda.co.za for enquiries or bookings.

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Smart Phone Photography!

Nowadays I take a lot of images and video clips with my iPhone, and in the last two years I have taught far more people ‘smart phone photography, than ‘proper camera photography’.

If you want to learn more about using a smart phone on game drives you might want to watch this video:

… or book a few nights and a complimentary photography lesson at Thanda Safari (http://www.thanda.com)

See you soon 😊

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Safe with mom!

This little Lion cub got itself into a cozy and safe position right under its mom.

It and its siblings where most interested in the turning wheels of the Green Mamba (my game drive vehicle) and moved a bit closer every time I moved the car. As soon as I stopped they lost interest and ran after mom.

What a sighting!

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Evening back light …

… is ideal for portrait work.

Yesterday evening my gorgeous model – one of Thanda’s dominant males – cooperated well!

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Strong silk!

I do not know the name of this small (yellow/orange) spider, but it certainly must have potent venom and very strong silk.

As we arrived back at the Thanda Safari Lodge after a very productive morning game drive one of our guests pointed at a small spider and a honey bee seemingly floating in the air. When we looked closer it became clear that the spider was holding the dead bee firmly with its pedipalps while slowly pulling itself and its prey up to a branch by a silk strand.

Sometimes the ‘small sightings’ are even more fascinating than the big ones!

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Ruminating …

1 Chew the cud

2 Food Elevator Down

3 Food Elevator Up

4 Chew the cud

= Ruminating, perfectly demonstrated by a Thanda Safari Giraffe lady!

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Curious!

I love the inquisitive nature of these large herbivores!

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Ladies’ Heads

One of the ways to distinguish a female Elephant from a male is the look of the forehead. Ladies’ skulls have a rather sharp edges. The Gentlemen’s are more rounded. Looking from the side (as in this picture) one can see the edges.

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