Text and images for this trip report were compiled by Andrew Beck.
With the disappointment of the previous days weather and kill we were out bright and early again with the hopes that the weather would clear up, and that one of the other groups of lion would be trailing the buffalo herd. Knowing where the buffalo were from the night before we wasted no time in getting back to the region to catch up with them. It wasn’t long before we picked up on their tracks and found them resting in the open. Under the watchful eyes of two of the young members of “Silver Eye’s ” group.
After a brief coffee stop we returned to the buffalo herd and watched as they started to head of to graze. The lions watched closely as the herd moved off, searching for any weak links and possible targets. Suddenly the movement of a warthog caught the your females attention and she set off towards the warthog, followed closely by the young male.
After disappearing behind a thicket, the warthog burst out into the open, followed closely by the lioness. The warthog was too quick and the lioness soon realised that she was out done.
Our spirits were high as the two young lions returned their efforts to the nearby buffalo and we followed them as they headed back towards the big herd. After a short chase and brief standoff between the lions and buffalo, the lions flopped down in the open and the buffalo made their way to a nearby plain. The two youngsters were soon joined by their mother and, as luck would have it, the sun broke through ad they rested on top of a large termite mound.
We checked the area and agreed that it was very unlikely that these lions would continue their hunting efforts as the buffalo had moved a fair distance away and the lions were doing what lions do best, sleeping… A quick turn past the buffalo carcass from the previous days kill provided some good opportunities to photograph yet another part of the Duba Plains puzzle as white backed and hooded vultures fact greedily over the remains of the buffalo bull.
Making the most of the promising signs of the sun peaking through from behind the thick cloud we opted to have lunch in the bush and maximise our time in the field. It doesn’t get better than this!
Sadly, the buffalo continued to graze in the open plains without the attention of the silver eye group and the other groups of lions were lying flat in the floodplains. George had been keen on trying to do a time lapse during our Photographic Safari and with the current lack of activity, there was no time like the present! We headed off in search of a Buffalo skull to use as our focal element in the series and, this being Duba Plains, it wasn’t long before we found our subject and the tripods were set up.
A final check on the various groups of lions and buffalo revealed no change and as the sun sank low on the horizon we made our way back to camp for what would be our final evenings in the lap of luxury. Only a small troop of Baboons showed themselves in the dying daylight near the camp, and with that, we settled down around the fireplace and enjoyed the beautiful sunset.
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