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Chitabe: Leopard tracks lead us to a Steal.
The weekend started with our usual morning. Up early, on the vehicle before dawn and cameras at the ready, knowing that the early mornings are more likely for cat encounters.
Sure enough, we were hardly out of the camp when we saw two sets of fresh leopard prints walking in a straight line and indicating a determined goal. We followed the tracks until we arrived at the goal - a fresh impala kill. However, hyenas had stolen the kill from the leopards (who had disappeared by the time we arrived). We got many great photos of the hyenas enjoying their stolen breakfast!
We continued our search for the leopards and whilst searching came across the two large male lions from yesterday. More great photography from the duo as they slept, rolled and lazed about in the sunshine.
Not far from the lions, zebras kicked up a cloud of dust creating a lovely scene with shards of light and shadows. At the same time, giraffe wandered onto a large open stretch with tall palm trees behind them - the balance of fauna and flora against the backdrop of the incredible landscape gave us yet another perfect photo moment. This area really is magnificent for it's scenery and is a photographer's heaven.
Later on, twenty to thirty hippos that we found nearby, were splashing, yawning and fighting - putting on a vibrant scene for toothy action shots.
After lunch we went to a new area to concentrate on birds, especially the pelicans that reside locally. Their reflections in the water were crystal clear and mirror like. After continuing with dozens of varied water bird shots, we headed back towards camp. Again, we found the two male lions who were becoming active and starting to patrol their territory.
Back in camp, we can hear them roaring (as we type this!) and they will probably continue through the night.
Tomorrow is our last day here, we cannot wait to see what it brings...