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  1. In the afternoon Sel & Annabel that shared our vehicle for some of our stay at Kaingo arrive at Mwamba. We are again paired with them and they are happy to see the dogs so we head back out to the dog's current den site. I was hoping that after having their kill stolen in the morning they would hunt again but they had other ideas and predominantly remained amongst the tickets close to the den making photography difficult. Peering out of the den Stalking birds Playing with sticks One of the adults On the night drive there were a few things of interest. Three banded courser and chick. Elephant shrew Arse end of a porcupine. I saw quite a few of them but they always ran away as soon as the spotlight was on them.
  2. Lovely stork sunset image and good action shots of the male lion.
  3. @egilio Hi Egil, I'd been told Luambe's story before but didn't realise you were personally involved. He's one hell of a cat, looking battle scarred but still going strong and the master of that prime leopard territory around Kaingo. Yes, I've got some images of him. It's from a fabulous night sighting that happens in a few days time and I'll post them then. I'll also recheck my images and look for a side on shot. EDIT: I've just remembered Patrick showing me a few images of him from 2017 sightings. I'm sure they are somewhere on the Shenton's website.
  4. Some excellent sightings in post #54.
  5. @optig There's more to come. stay tuned.
  6. Day 5. You can’t be in two places at once… 5:40 am. With our success finding the dogs Andre & Bianca are keen to see them. They leave camp with their guide Andrew a few seconds before us in search of them. We are also considering returning to the dogs but as we follow Andrew’s vehicle out of camp a transfer guide radios Sly about a sighting a fair distance away. There is no hesitation from us. “Lets go for it…” Five hours later we arrive back at camp. Craig & Lyndie have returned from their time off and I’m welcomed with a warm hug from Lyndie and a nice cool refresher towel. We adjourn to the bar for a cold drink before brunch. Andrew, Andre & Bianca are seated at the bar. I take a quick glance at Andrew as I approach and he winks at me. Andre & Bianca are looking at me with beaming smiles. “Ok” I said “What did you see?” Their words spill out, “20 minutes from camp, the dogs, the whole pack, adults & pups on the road hunting. They bring down an impala right in front of us and then the hyaenas arrive. The dogs viciously attack the hyaenas defending the pups, but the matriarch hyaena gets the bulk of the kill, the noise was incredible and all of this in beautiful light”. It is a fabulous sighting and I’m really happy for them. In fact Andrew shows me some of his video, I could clearly see the blood on hyaena rumps from dog bites and the noise was incredible. There is a moments silence and then Craig asks “What did you see Geoff?” “Oh, I saw leopards mating about forty times and then a lone lioness from the Mwamba pride on her wildebeest kill”. Arriving at the leopard sighting we find there are 3 leopards, a female known as Maya and 2 big males. One male is Luambe, the dominant male in the Kaingo area and the other male is known to the guides but is still without a name. He is younger and smaller than Luambe but has a huge head and is a fine looking specimen. His territory is to the south of Kaingo and we suspect that this is their territorial boundary. Much to Luambe’s chagrin the female has chosen the younger male and Luambe watches on as she is led away, deeper into the younger males territory. Over the next few hours they mate continuously with only 1 - 3 minutes between couplings. With the day heating up they begin to slow down and when leave both leopards are lying somewhat exhausted in a shady spot in a dry creek bed. Luambe watches the object of his desire led away. I took hundreds of images that morning and this is just one of many sequences. This sequence has been cut down from 45 frames to the 12 shown here. The happy couple Just 2 K’s up the track and this lone lioness had brought down a wildebeeste. We stop there on our way to find a shady spot along the river to have morning tea. This lioness from the Mwamba pride had returned from the other side of the river. The guides said she did have a cub but we never saw it and there was talk that she had lost it to a crocodile during a river crossing. We stopped for morning tea near the rest of the Cookson's wildebeeste herd.
  7. Fairy Martin. A very difficult little subject.
  8. Peter & I now have Sly as our guide for the next 5 days. On the afternoon drives, Benson one of the camp staff comes along for the ride to act as the spotlight man after sundowners. On our first drive together we head west from Mwamba. It is an area I’ve rarely ventured, usually due to the tsetse fly nuisance further inland and also that at this time of the season most of the game is near the river. But our quarry for this drive is currently out there. During the drive it clouds over and the light becomes quite dull. We also see evidence of a sizeable buffalo herd having recently passed through the area. A few minutes of driving later and Peter who is not known for his spotting abilities says “Wild dog on the road up ahead” He has beaten Sly, Benson and myself to the punch and has bragging rights for this drive at least. There are 5 adults and 5 pups in the pack, there were 6 pups but they had lost one to a hyaena. As we approach we can see that the adults are out on point duty, spread out mostly 50 - 100 metres apart surrounding the pups that are happily playing and investigating their world. An adult on point duty. From a photography perspective I hate collars. Playful and curious pups. Often they would follow us when we moved the vehicle and we then realised that the smell of the buffalo dung on the tyres was irresistible to them. begging for food beautiful markings on the pups
  9. @Kitsafari Kit, no idea about the Grumpy elephant bull but Craig told me he had been a problem all season and sure enough he was back the next few days. Yes in deed that is the Peter you met. In fact in your epic Ebb & Flow TR there is an image with Peter in it. No lion shocks this time but the whole Mwamba pride spent a few days near the waterhole after I had left.
  10. @madaboutcheetah If that's the 3 males I'm thinking of I remember they also brought down a pregnant tsetsebe & a wildebeeste bull. @bettel Sorry for going slightly off topi in your TR.
  11. Excellent stuff @Towlersonsafari and drop back for a look as the sightings over the coming days are out of this world.
  12. After brunch, we transferred to Mwamba. Also moving across was a lovely Dutch couple Andre & Bianca. Although we were never on a game drive together I enjoyed their company and conversation around camp and during dinner. Gerard was relief managing at Mwamba for Craig & Lyndie who were returning tomorrow from a few days off. Mwamba was its rough, ready & wild self. Within an hour of arriving a grumpy elephant bull was making a nuisance of himself. At one point I walked behind the bar to keep my distance from him and I looked down to see a freshly shed cobra’s skin. Mr Grumpy then moved off to one of the chalets and was tossing the outside table and chairs about. I snuck past him on the way to the hide and he stank to high heaven. Rough & Ready Mwamba ~ Chalets 1 & 2 (I call them huts). Bathroom (excuse my undies ) Shower area Dining Table and Bar Mr Grumpy With a little time before the afternoon drive I reacquainted myself with the hide. White-fronted Bee-eater (photo taken from the top section) Blue Waxbill (photo taken from lowest section) Quelea Yellow Baboon Impala Elephants resting in shade (image taken from top section) Same elephants (Image taken from middle section)
  13. This great & short video shows some of the prodigious vocal mimicry repertoire of Australia's Superb Lyrebirds. I think it is from the UK's Daily Mail and came up on my Facebook feed. EDIT: Hopefully you have permission to watch it.
  14. @Caracal Let me know your thoughts on the next few leopard sightings coming up... I'll also provide a tally at the end of this report. EDIT: I have Peter to thank for photo 2 in #18. He pointed it out to me.
  15. The following morning we again checked on the lions. There was a strange truce between the lions and hyaenas. The lions were full and sleepy & the hyaenas still hungry and lying around not far from the lions. The Hollywood male had moved off elsewhere. at least one hyaena was getting a meal Back at the river we watched this giraffe for over 30 minutes before its thirst overcame its nervousness and it finally had a drink Whilst the others were watching a bird in a tree I amused myself by trying to capture this dragonfly perched on a stem swaying in the breeze. Any dragonfly experts... I think it is either a Red Basker or Red Darter. I should add we also saw another leopard but she was uncooperative from a photography perspective. So I'm not really counting this sighting.

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