Cats in Okavango

Since most of our time in the delta was spent with the wild dogs or various cats, I’m just going to do it this way.  First the cats and then the dogs.  We followed the mother for a while, given away by giraffe who were all staring in one direction.  Suddenly she took off and we knew she was hunting.  She was in fairly dense bush so by the time we caught up with her, the impala was dead and the cubs were trying very hard to open it.  Mom was basically out of commission for a while after her high speed chase.

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Finally, she got up and hauled the impala into the shade.

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We caught up with her later in the day and the cubs were able to start feeding.

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We watched them play and wander around.

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Poor mom… never a moment’s rest.

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The way they run reminds me so much of my greyhounds!

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We also found this lioness with a wildebeest kill.  Our guides told us that she has two sub adult cubs but they were not around.  They figured they would be around later so we left her after a while and returned later.

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It was getting hot and she tried to drag her kill to the shade.  But it was slightly uphill and she had no help so she gave up.

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Sure enough, the cubs were there when we returned.  They are obviously pretty much grown but they still let mom do the work.  They obviously had fed well before we got there.

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There was a single hyena that arrived to check out the carcass.  It used our vehicles to move in closer and stay hidden from the lions.  Even so, it was a lost cause and easily chased off by the lions.

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On our last morning we found this leopard just before we had to leave for Nxai Pan.  She got up and wandered around for a bit before she settled down for a nap.

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don’t know why but the template I’m using cuts off the right edge a bit.  so if you click on the photo you can see her without her face cut off!

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2 thoughts on “Cats in Okavango

  1. Well that was good timing, thanks for my afternoon treat. I love cats, I used to think leopards were my favourites but I am not so sure any more. Too many great photos Nancy for me to start naming them but the photos are definitely viewed better when clicking on them and opening them in another window. I love the sharpness of the lens you were using, which I can only guess was the 100-400m. After your last trip, did you come home wanting a bigger lens????

  2. yes, I did wish I had the 500. Pretty much everyone was shooting with it. But I have no complaints about the new 100-400. It’s a great lens. But there are always times that a bit more reach would be nice.

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