Sightings update

By Patrick O’Brien on September 21, 2010

I am finally back online

again after I accidentally dropped my camera during a photo shoot 3 months ago. Now that I can take pictures again I thought I would share a few of my special moments I had during the last 12 days. Game viewing has been first-class and I have managed to seize a few opportunities.

New lion cubs.
Morné published a pic of the new lion cubs during the first week of September. Well this time I have an update for you. I manage to find the lioness during a drive. We had a sighting for less than a minute. After waiting for about 20 minutes the lioness decided to take Jnr‘s for a walk. She was merely relocating them to a new den a procedure that is common amongst lionesses. As luck would have it I was again at the right place at the right time and captured these images of the small lion cubs.
 Four new cubs
A close up of the cubs
Two of the big five at the same time at the same dam. Machattan lioness was reluctant to move as a bull rhino came closer for quiche his thirst.
Lioness and a rhino bull
Nthombi leopardess walking through the camp and taking a closer look at room 8 during a very hot afternoon drive.
Nthombi in the camp
Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera)
It is a highly venomous species with neurotoxic venom, and a bite can cause local pain swelling and paralysis and possibly death. Most adults of this species are grey-brown above with yellow ventral scales and a brown throat band, but there is also a banded phase with wide yellow and brown bands that occurs throughout its range. I was fortune to find this specimen during a morning game drive and was quick to capture an image before it disappeared.
Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera)

8 thoughts on “Sightings update

  1. These pictures make us want to come back

    and my husband and I NEVER re-visit anywhere we have been

    Our five days on Kings Camp just weren’t long enough Carol and Dennis Dyson

  2. Hi Patrick,

    I am so happy that you got your camera fixed! Once again, you always seem to be at the right place at the right time.

    Thanks for sharing these unique moments, I cannot wait to return.



  3. we so enjoy all the pictures. will not be able to come back in person to revisit our trip of a lifetime but you allow us to continue to relive our experience through your amazing photos. thank you and we hope you continue to keep us updated on kings camp activities.

  4. Hi Patrick!

    I’m sooo jealous. What sightings! Here we were in room 8 last month and Nthombi never came to see us. 🙁

    The cubs are so adorable. Hope they make it through their first year.

    So happy that your camera is back in your hands and your pics are, as usual, amazing.

    Our best to you all! Hugs Joy and Lon

  5. Oh Patrick….those four cubs are just sooooo cute! Wish I was there.

    Great pics….you have a knack for being at the right place at the right time! Thanks for sharing.

    Stay well, stay safe.

    Kindest regards.


  6. wow, four new cubs – lets just hope they can raise some of them to maturity – they really need it!!!

    where is she keeping them?

    nice ones, like mtenga-tenga and the timbavati male – not a bad way to end off the day!!!

    see you guys soon…cant wait to get back!

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