ZEBRA 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 Burchell’s Zebra pictures :-).

Grooming …

In Zululand …

Cute …

Resting …

Morning light …

Just light …

Down the road …

Drink …

Jump …

Flehmen …

Dazzle …

Portrait …

Fly by …

Fight …

Light …

Please …

Morning …

Eye …

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… next week’s species: Warthog

CAPE BUFFALO 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 Cape Buffalo pictures :-).

Red …
Once a day …
Sunset …
Bull fight …
Spa …
Stare …
Mating …
War paint …
Baby sitting …
Arrival …
Just now …
Stampede …

Next week’s species: Zebra

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A Dazzle of Zebras …

I have just uploaded 103 Plains Zebra images taken between 2002 and 2016. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg14

This is another new 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).

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Green, green , green …

Green everywhere! I had almost forgotten how beautiful Thanda looks when it turns green after some decent rain falls. Since the start of this rainy season we had over 150 mm rain and in just a few days the reserve has turned from brown&grey to green.

Even the behavior of many animals has changed almost over night. Where during the drought they had to spent most of their day to find food and water, they now have extra time to chase one another and be just idle once in a while.

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Gate guards and models!

The last few days I have been working in my office. Which is not bad, but not nearly as good as being out there on game drives. Even so, staying at Thanda house has its merits, too.

This morning our two male Cheetah came for a visit and acted as gate guards for a few hours.

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They also posed as models 🙂

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Yesterday, a journey of Giraffes and a dazzle of Zebras was grazing in front of the gate during midday.

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And the day before our Elephants had a late afternoon drinking and bathing session at the waterhole on the south side of Thanda house.

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So, my time at the office got interrupted by some of my “wild friends” offering good sightings!

New, funny, harassed, well light and rocky!

A good morning drive on Ithala. I encountered …

… a new species (for me :-)): An antelope named Tsessebe, which I have never seen before.

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… two Secretary birds with their funny walk across a burned area.

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… a Tawny Eagle who was harassed by a Black-shouldered Kite.

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… a well light scene at sunrise with Zebra and Wildebeest.

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… and an exciting drive on a very rocky 4×4 trail.

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Let’s see what the afternoon will bring!

Arrived!

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Over 1,000 additional antelopes and zebra arrived over the last few month at Thanda Private Game Reserve. These Impala, Wildebeest, Nyala, Zebra and Kudu will enhance the excellent Thanda Game Drive Experience even further. Besides seeing the Big Five on daily drives it is very exciting to see large groups of these herbivores roaming on the reserve.

The images show the release of a young Nyala bull and a group of Zebra.

And more …

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I have added 169 new images to my “New Wildlife Images” Gallery. (The new images are at the beginning of the gallery),

Here is the link: http://www.sperka.biz/new

Have a good week!

PS: The picture above is a b&w art image of a Zebra with the sun lighting it from behind.

Cheetah kill

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This was the first time that I saw our two male Cheetahs on a kill. They often hunt in very thick areas and only appear once they are well fed, far away from the actual kill. On this occasion they brought down a baby Zebra on the savanna. In this picture one of the brothers is keeping watch while the other one still feeds on the carcass.

Cheetahs eat incredibly fast because they often loose their kill to larger predators.

They can “stuff” themselves to the point they have difficulties moving – except when motivated by an approaching Lion :-).

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The Zebra’s mother was still looking and calling for her calf when we arrived at the scene. A wound on her back showed that she had recently survived a Lion attack. And now she lost her new-born calf to the Cheetah. Let’s hope she survives her injury and that she will be able to have another calf.

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Two orbs and an eye!

Today’s images are a bit more “artsy” than my usual wildlife images.

The first is of an Golden Orb Spider on a branch.

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The second is of an Golden Orb Spider at sunrise.

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The third is of an Zebra’s eye just before sunset. (This image is part of my EYES series)

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Enjoy the images!

All three images are part of my “Without the Five” series (images 12-14).