Hello there.....

By ColleenA
Well we arrived in the bush to a dark cloudy day yesterday. very bad light for photographs, but we did see Hippo, a herd of 100 buffalo, 2 white rhino, a huge monitor lizard, dwarf mongoose, a hyena that had just had his tail bitten off and 3 lioness and cubs.
This lioness raised 3 cubs, 2 female and a male, which are now over 3 years old. The young male has now been sent off to live on his own, while she has remained with her grown up daughters. She had 2 cubs which are now 6 months old and the one daughter has 2 cubs which are 6 weeks old. They were all together yesterday which was amazing to see. We unfortunately found them when it was almost dark last night but did the best I could. We also could not get too close as they were in a sheltered spot. The lead image is one of the 6 week old cubs who bounced off his Mom after feeding (mom was lying on her back sleeping) to come and look at us.... V2 is one of the 6 month old cubs also looking at us.This morning we found the 3 year old males spoor in the river bed and tracked his spoor for 2 hours and eventually our tracker spotted him 10 metres off the track lying in long grass, he was asleep but lifted his head once to look at us. last 2 Versions are him and his spoor...his foot is the size of a saucer
The sun is shining today, but very windy which the animals don't like. For the birders, we have seen 26 species of bird already, including kingfishers and a malibu stalk on her nest and yellow hornbills to name a few.
Internet is so slow up here so apologies for lack of voting....it took me an hour to load the versionsSad
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED....there is a Wild life film crew on the reserve who are doing live streaming of the game on the reserve.......google Wild earth TV - Thornybush reserve .. you should pick them up...PS its a lady photographerGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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7 Jun 2013 10:22AM
cutie of the week award for sure Colleen a very pleasing capture only v1 showing will come back for the rest of them


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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 10:34AM
7 Jun 2013 10:35AM
This is a cute capture Colleen, love the expression captured,
7 Jun 2013 10:41AM
Another Awwww from me.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 10:58AM
incredible set ....
you must have had a ball
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 11:09AM
Just wonderful Colleen

Must be jaw dropping just to view it all

johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 11:48AM
I like all 4 but the paw says it all nice images.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 12:03PM
Guess what?...we're all getting on the next plane Colleen!Wink
What a privilege it must be seeing these in the real surroundings of Africa
all so beautifully captured, and V1 has the cuteness, and V4 shows what the foot will grow too
Suzicoo 6 481 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 12:07PM
Well captured
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 12:28PM
Too cute Colleen - you must be having the time of your life. I really love the paw print in v4! Have a great stay.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
7 Jun 2013 1:02PM
That first real life experience is amazing...Smile Smile Smile
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
7 Jun 2013 1:18PM
A lovely set Coleen

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
7 Jun 2013 1:20PM
Lovely set; very endearing Smile
My favourite is V2; the eyes come out beautifully
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Jun 2013 1:20PM
Very cute! Think V2's my fave....but I do like the paw print in V4! Wink
Trev Smile
gwynn56 6 87 England
7 Jun 2013 1:25PM
nice capture , but no you can't keep the cub colleen SmileWink
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 1:27PM
Definitely has the cute factor here in V1, but all are exceptional, I love lions, going to get one as a petGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin; can't wait to see the rest of the animals that you have seen.

7 Jun 2013 1:41PM
Great set of images V2 is my favourite. Very quick to upload your safari images
Look forward to some more images
Regards Brian
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 2:16PM
A great series of images Kate, V2 for me, so cute now, but when he is full grown!!!!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

S_Psharma 5 1 India
7 Jun 2013 2:21PM
Excellent wild life images v1 is the best.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 2:42PM
Wow!! Amazing images these Colleen - love the cutie in V1 and really wouldn't want to follow the footsteps of V4.
Brilliant images indeed! Smile

7 Jun 2013 3:21PM
A fabulous set of images, Colleen!
If I just saw the footprint in V4, I'd be concerned!!WinkWink

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Jun 2013 3:32PM
Cute little one!
7 Jun 2013 3:34PM
Superb set of images Colleen!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 3:35PM
great images , I am very jealous SadSad, what an experience,

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 4:57PM
Have a great time and could you pop the little one in the post to me he looks so cute.SmileSmile
Superb images, in particular V2.
7 Jun 2013 6:16PM
Super images. V2 and V4 being my favourites. Well done Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 6:56PM
Sounds like you'll have enough material to last for years with all this wildlife!
Lovely light in V2 and V3 and PAWS for thought in V 4.
Love your little cub in V1.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 Jun 2013 6:59PM
A wonderful set, Colleen, what an experience. v2 just pips it for the vote for that cute expression GrinGrin

myrab 12 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 8:05PM
Such a cutie Colleen, great shots.

MandyG 6 2 England
7 Jun 2013 8:09PM
I want one! Only a V1 type though. Lovely images Smile
jdinne 15 16 England
7 Jun 2013 8:26PM
Great set Colleen I am kinda drawn to v3.

7 Jun 2013 8:59PM
What a fabulous set of wildlife images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
7 Jun 2013 10:30PM
Great shots Colleen. Love the write up. So informative. Have a great break. Cathy
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 11:50PM
Just gorgeous, Ann.
howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 9:28AM
Colleen fine set V2 is a fine shot! Smile
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2013 10:32AM
Such a lovely set Smile
8 Jun 2013 10:53AM
Wonderful wildlife photos Colleen love the little chap and the paw print
CHRISB911 12 54 1
8 Jun 2013 12:12PM
excellent in all aspects
8 Jun 2013 9:29PM
V2 for me, love the expression
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Jun 2013 5:39PM
V1 and v2 are particularly delightful Colleen, what a privelege it must have been to see these in the wild rather than in a zoo or safari park
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Jun 2013 8:41PM
v3 is my favourite, lovely light and such a fitting pose1
What an amazing experience you are having Colleen... love the bubby cubs, and to see them in the wild must be be jaw doppingly exciting for you...

cannot wait to see all your photos..it is unfortunate it takes so long for you to download, frustrating I'm sure !!

Have a blast, and look forward to the next ones GrinGrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
12 Jun 2013 6:39AM
Superb, I love the lion print.
12 Jun 2013 7:07AM
Hi Colleen. Am soooooooooo envious. Its my dream to see big cats in the wild. Love this set. Can't choose between V1 and 2, both just so cute. What an amazing experience GrinGrin

16 Jun 2013 8:47PM
Excellent gallery! Congratulations!
(but you have a huge help: your fabulous country!
28 Feb 2018 10:45AM
A lovely big cat set , Colleen ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.

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