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Portraits from Mashatu

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pedro maia
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A little less than one year since me and my wife went to Mashatu we returned there with our kids for another (too) short but delightful family trip, here are some of the characters we met in this very laid-back and uncrowded piece of wilderness:

 

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Towlersonsafari

wonderful @pedro maia

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michael-ibk

Great pictures Pedro! Wow, Cheetah, Lion and Leopard, Mashatu really delivered. I especially like the picture of Oxpecker, Weaver and Starling, very nice shot!

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TonyQ

Great photos, and an excellent way to show a wide selection of wildlife.

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Hads

 

More please @pedro maia - wonderful photo of the 3 birds having a drink.

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shazdwn

Excellent.  I'm hoping there might be some more coming?

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pedro maia

This time we stayed for 3 nights at the tented camp, tents are very nice, there are only 6 of them for 12 guests, with a maximum of 6 guests per vehicule.

 

There´s a hide a little outside the camp overlooking a waterhole, nice to see birds and game, the waterhole is floodlit but isn´t accessible after dark, it would be dangerous, but it´s visible from the boma where meals were served and we saw 1 leopard the first night and hyena the other 2 nights, I´ll post some pictures taken from the camp hide later.

 

A nice African sunrise:

 

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And I start with the lions, we saw exactely the same lions me and my wife had seen in September 2018, the male was again under a bush, the only diference was that he was awake:

 

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Also the same 2 lionesses:

 

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In September 2018, the other members of the pride were 5 absolutely cute cubs, 3 and 5 months old by that time, this time, in August, the cubs were all alive, 14 and 16 months old, but they are no longer with the parents, they live together, all in great shape and it was great to see them again:

 

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Even if they weren´t very active

 

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It´s clear that they were quite happy together

 

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The oldest male is growing a nice mane

 

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And they went back to what they were doing

 

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pedro maia

This year I was much more interested in birds then in previous safaris, all because of the Big Year bug:

 

Kori Bustard

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Saddle-billed Stork

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Blacksmith Lapwing

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White-fronted Bee Eater

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Lilac-breasted Roller

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Verreaux´s Eagle Owl

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Brown Snake Eagle

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African Hawk Eagle

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And Red-billed Quelea

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Peter Connan

Some really nice shots and sightings here Pedro!

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pedro maia

Jackals are fun to watch for a while, even though they aren´t at the same league as other predators, not even close.

 

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Cheetahs are a different thing, they are part of the big cat elite and are a real treat to see, even more in the morning sun which enhances their fur colours and their orange eyes.

 

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This jackal was just passing by or it was waiting to see if the cheetahs make a kill to get some leftovers.

 

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Jackals don´t compete white big cats but they can be really annoying, and maybe these cheetahs were previously annoyed by jackals or they just don´t like them, and there was an obvious change of mood.

 

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And they decided to go after the jackal.

 

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Jackals are pretty smart so the cheetahs didn´t catch it, maybe they just wanted to give him a scare, but it was great to see the fastest land animal providing us a speed show, without any other car in the sighting.

 

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They are gorgeous cats.

 

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michael-ibk

A fantastic Cheetah sighting in gorgeous light!

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TonyQ

Gorgeous cats indeed, and beautifully photographed.

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Rick - Gamewatchers

Love the cat pics!

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Soukous

Muito bem, senhor, adoráveis chitas :D

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