Impala lambs are generally born around the same time, in the rainy season when everything is green and grazing is abundant. Rather than staying exclusively with their mother, the lambs stay together in creches overseen by a few females who keep an eye out for their well-being.
A slightly muddy blue wildebeest staring at me. In contrast to buffaloes, wildebeest are gentle creatures who will run rather than fight. So this one might stare defiantly at me, but I’m not too scared.
Looking forward to the photographic opportunities that the new year will bring. Happy 2020 everyone!
In this season the bush is green with yellow spots from the flowering acacia shrubs. This big male giraffe was obviously enjoying himself, sucking off the yellow flowers from the branches!
A rhino kicking up some dust with its feet. Rhinos shuffle their feet, thereby creating a small dust cloud, when they feel threatened or annoyed, for example by a car that gets too close. In this case the behavior didn’t seem directed at our car as the rhino was otherwise very relaxed and went on to pass an impressive amount of urine…
We were parked at the viewpoint at Lengau Dam. Just about to turn around I looked up and said, “There’s something else coming. Looks like kudus… or lions.” I wasn’t even serious about the lions, it was just that whatever I saw from the corner of my eye had that sort of color. I looked again and… there really were lions!! Seven lions came down from the hill to the water to drink and play. What an amazing sight!
A black rhino with its head held characteristically high. Black rhinos always look like they are asking “What do you want?” in a not too friendly way. I guess it’s just that they hold their head up high instead of looking demurely to the ground like their cousins the white rhinos. Anyway, it’s always a blessing to see one of these endangered animals!