2016-03-11: Impala Rut

If you’re in Southern Africa in the autumn (April/May) you’ll be there during the impala rut.  And believe me, you’ll find yourself uttering the same phrase I did repeatedly “What on earth was that noise?”

I still don’t understand how a creature like this, can make a sound like that.  To hear it for yourself, check out sound number two on this website.

Both in Botswana and South Africa, we heard a lot of noise and commotion, and saw a few different groups of bachelors going crazy, running and jumping and locking horns.

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That’s the face that goes along with the noise.  So attractive!
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Is this what the ladies do when they hear that sound and see that face??? 🙂 I was in the right place at the right time to watch a herd of impala bounce through the bushes. This is a composite of 5 different photos.
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A clash of horns.
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Racing around, making noise, fighting about who is the manlier man.

 

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Unfortunately, the guys kind of lose their minds during this time, and throw their normal caution and vigilance to the wind.  The result…

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They end up as a snack for a hungry pride of lions (or leopards, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena).    This was actually a very interesting sighting in itself, you can see more about it here.

Lions at Night

During my last trip to South Africa, I was lucky enough to watch lions at night not just once, but on four separate occasions.  I have wanted to post these photos for a while; originally I held off as I printed two of them as a gift, and didn’t want to run risk that they would be seen on screen before the prints showed up in person (they looked AMAZING, if I do say so myself).  I’ve finally had the chance to work through all the photos I had hoped to edit. A few of them are also on my Smugmug site, links are provided for anyone interested.

I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful evening.

A lioness passes incredibly close to the front of the landrover. Londolozi Game Reserve, May 2015
A lioness passes incredibly close to the front of the landrover.
Londolozi Game Reserve, May 2015
Giving us a glimpse of her powerful teeth and jaws. Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015
Giving us a glimpse of her powerful teeth and jaws.
Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015
What big teeth he has! Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015
What big teeth he has!
Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015
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Such a beautiful cat. Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015
This lioness was obviously bored of all the attention she was getting. Phoned Game Reserve, April, 2015
This lioness was obviously bored of all the attention she was getting.
Phinda Game Reserve, April, 2015
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Keeping a watchful eye out. Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015.

Lying in wait

A lioness tries to catch 40 winks, but the male lion nearby definitely had other things on his mind! (More on that in another post!) Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015
A lioness tries to catch 40 winks, but the male lion nearby definitely had other things on his mind! (More on that in another post!)
Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015
Keeping his eyes on his prize... the lovely female featured in other photos. Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015.
Keeping his eyes on his prize… the lovely female featured in other photos.
Chitwa Chitwa, May 2015.

The king at night 2

What big teeth she has! Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015
What big teeth she has!
Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015

Lying in the dark 2

We were watching her, but she was focused elsewhere. Phoned Game Reserve, April 2015
We were watching her, but she was focused elsewhere.
Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015

Lying in the dark

A regal pose, and such gorgeous eyes. Phnda Game Reserve, April 2015.
A regal pose, and such gorgeous eyes.
Phinda Game Reserve, April 2015.

The king at night

Timbavati Highlights

While I have been home now almost a week, I thought I would continue on with posting my highlights of each area I visited in Southern Africa, and then move on to other blog post formats.  I came home with over 13,300 images, so I will have lots to work through over the next couple of months.

I hope you enjoy, and have a great day!

After moving all night, this lion just couldn't go any further, and laid down for a nap on the road.
After moving all night, this lion just couldn’t go any further, and laid down for a nap on the road.
The beautiful textures of the inside of an elephant's trunk.
The beautiful textures of the inside of an elephant’s trunk.
This is what it looks like driving through the bush at night.
This is what it looks like driving through the bush at night.
A heavily pregnant alpha female wild dog looks our way from behind some branches.
A heavily pregnant alpha female wild dog looks our way from behind some branches.
A leopard cub peers down between the branches of a tree.
A leopard cub peers down between the branches of a tree.
Hyenas come in small, medium and large at this sighting.
Hyenas come in small, medium and large at this sighting.
A lioness looks on while the cubs swarm her sister.
A lioness looks on while the cubs swarm her sister.