This last week has been an amazing one from the sightings to the sights themselves!
The Southern Pride has been spending quite a bit of time in the southern reaches of the reserve around Earth Lodge and even took down a Waterbuck male just outside of room 3 the one day much to the immense amazement and excitement of the guests in the lodge.
There have even been some interesting altercations with many of the other inhabitant of the reserve and the pride such as this magnificent male Giraffe.
There continues to be incursions by other prides from the north and the east most notably the Sparta/Eyerfield pride as well as two new young males which we have yet to ID.
There have been multiple different herds of Buffalo in varying sizes traversing the reserve with the resurgence of the grass being the major draw card as well as the absence of the Southern Pride in the northern section of the reserve.
Maxabeni has been seen on and off patrolling his extensive boundaries as usual and had two near misses with both Kashan as well as Mahlatini on two separate occasions where neither of them knew of the presence of the other.
The general game has also been out in force with many sightings of Giraffe, Impala andmany of our smaller residents such as tortoises who quickly scurry out after the ever fewer rainshowers.
Kashan and Kigelia have been seeking each other out on a fairly regular basis and we have yet to see them engage in a mating session again.
Kigelia has been doing well in the western sector of the reserve and she loves to make use of the abundant trees as lookout points in order to scan the thickly vegetated area.
Little Bushes Cub has been quite independent of her mother of late and we generally are finding her away from her mom more often than not. She also seems to have taken on the tree climbing side of her mother much like Kigelia.
There have been multiple amazing sightings of many of our more rare birds such as a Marial Eagle swooping down and catching a Guineafowl right in front of us. We have also had many magnificent sightings of a few very relaxed Spotted eagle owls.
With the end of autumn approaching and winter fast becoming a reality we are seeing fewer and fewer overcast days and many many more blazing sunsets.
The kingfishers are seen less and less often now that many of them have moved away into the warmer reaches such as the Woodlands Kingfisher.
Blog by Sheldon Hooper (Bush Lodge Ranger)
Images by Terry Ennever, Sheldon Hooper, Franscois Rosslee and Kevan Dobbie
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