Beautiful colours of the African Hoopoe. A bird which forages mainly on the ground
Male Secretary Bird tearing through the bush to get enough airspeed under his wings
A female Secretary Bird striding out in the grasslands of Mashatu.
You can see how hot this female Secretary Bird was striding through the grass in the mid-afternoon heat
Male Secretary bird looks behind him showing his quill feathers on the back of his head.
This female Secretary Bird was hopping between the rocks in Mashatu looking for something to eat
This female Secretary bird plucked what looked like a Francolin chick out of the rocks and swallowed it down in one gulp
This Secretary bird is striding through ideal habitat for it where it can scour the area for birds, lizards, frogs, rats and mice,
African Hawk Eagle about to fly
An African Hawk-Eagle in flight just after having taken off from its vantage point in a tree in Mashatu.
An African Hawk-Eagle taking off from its vantage point in Mashatu.
African Hawk-Eagle takes off from a vantage point to go hunting early one morning in Mashatu
Another African Hawk-Eagle looking for prey early one morning in Mashatu.
Always alert – big ears and sensitive nose – Black-backed Jackal in Mashatu
This calf was roaring around intimidating all the Wattled Starlings around him
A relaxed lioness lying on the cool sand in the shade in a Mashatu river bed, accompanied by one of her small cubs
Lion cub surveying the scene from its cool vantage point on the sand bank alongside a river in Mashatu
Watchful and weary – these light weight speedsters need to be with lion and hyaena all around in Mashatu
Lookout in the shade for this Cheetah watching a herd of Impala slowly wandering towards him in Mashatu
Full tum and wet face – a small lion cub walks back to join his family members in the shade
In the early evening, a Crowned Crane takes off from the dam wall next to the vlei in Mashatu
Early evening silhouette of a Crowned Crane in Mashatu
This bull Elephant in musth was chasing all the other younger males away from the herd in Mashatu. He got quite a surprise to see us as he came storming over this rise. Thankfully, he was only surprised and resumed his quest
White water lilies in the foreground at the edge of a vlei in Mashatu
A vast vlei in Mashatu – home to many waterbirds and Elephant
Pied Babbler – striking colouration but cluttered background
A single Crowned Crane in Mashatu drawn by the unusual flood conditions in early 2013
Beautiful Crowned Crane in Mashatu – taken in early evening on a high iso
A Stripped Cuckoo in Mashatu.In the first three months of the year there seem to be an abundance of Cuckoos in Mashatu.
The little guy was having such fun. The older Elephants were very tolerant
It is not often you see an Elephant ‘A over T”
Early morning view west down the Limpopo river from inside Mashatu
Wonderfully peaceful scene with a small herd of Elephants drinking
There were two lioness with eleven cubs to feed in Mashatu
What looked to be a male and female Cheetah pair wandering from bush to bush trying to close in on a herd of Impala
Always alert – these Cheetah need to be with lion and hyaena all around
Just after the floods along the Limpopo there was plenty of water for the lion cubs to drink in Mashatu
Dassie in the lower branches of a Mashatu tree
Black-backed Jackal – ubiquitious
Mischievous Hyaena pup close to its den
Male Lesser Grey Shrike – striking colouring.
A Tawny Eagle surveying the savanna late one afternoon in Mashatu.
A male wattled Starling – striking but not beautiful
A cleaner shot of a Red-backed Shrike in Mashatu. They are common but skittish.
A Diederik Cuckoo overlooking the vlei at Mashatu. This was the only one I managed to take a shot of but you could hear them all over the reserve early in the morning.
A sandstone ridge overlooking the Limpopo river just before Pont drift in South Africa. Follow this ridge and you will get to Mapungubwe.
This little bull Elephant was trying to climb over his much bigger friend and went ‘A over T’, much to his surprise. He was not hurt and carried on fooling around.
A tree line sand tributary of the Matabole river in Mashatu.
A small part of a large herd of Elephants feeding on the grasses in the vlei at Mashatu. After the recent flooding of the Limpopo it was beautifully green but much of the water had drained out after the dam wall was breached by the flood waters.
This little cub just needed a little love before flopping down in the shade
Looking up at this Mashatu Elephant – a great perspective
A male and female Cheetah appear from around a bush and stop to survey the scene in Mashatu
Always look behind you . You never know when a Lion or Hyaena will appear in Mashatu.
This very young Elephant calf still suckling and sticking close to mum in Mashatu
A few of the eleven cubs in this lion pride in Mashatu
Male Cheetah lying in the shade next to a open area ideal for hunting in Mashatu.
The ‘Great Green Greasy’ Limpopo river in a more refreshed mood after its recent flooding.
A pair of Klipspringers on a rock outcrop just before Tuli Safari Lodge along the Limpopo River.
Looking down across Mashatu with a rusk and cup of coffee
A Lanner Falcon flies passed with a Wattled Starling in its talons at sunrise in Mashatu.
Three lion cubs following their mother who is looking for a place to rest up for the day in Mashatu
A young female Hyaena suckling her youngster next to the den in Mashatu.
Long-tailed Starling in Mashatu – an unusual pose.
A quiet feeding moment – peace for now as they feed on a giraffe carcass, which is about three days old.
The quiet did not last long before another skirmish broke out.
A young female Hyaena lying quietly allowing her reasonably big pup to suckle. They were lying outside their den near the Limpopo river in Mashatu.
Hyaena are very cute at this age.
There were about eight Hyaenas feeding on a giraffe, which died of old age in Mashatu. When Hyaenas feed, all is quiet for a while and then all hell breaks loose and one feeder is punished.
A bull Elephant and a female drinking from a pool in the Matabole river in Mashatu.
Lioness in the lookout for a meal
Visitors were able to move quietly through this Elephant herd over three hundred strong
Mozambique Nightjar on the road on the way back to camp one night. There were lots of Nightjars on the road around 19h00 in the evening
Two Hyaena pups have just come out of their den intrigued by their new company
This huge bull in musth was not prepared to let any other bull get close to his females
This female Cheetah was wandering between the bushes trying to get close to a herd of Impala