Chain of Events

During a fantastic morning out with Mashatu field guide Bashi, we came across a troop of vervet monkeys. It was these vervet monkeys who sat in the top of a Mashatu tree, screaming their lungs out that lead us to a flock of extremely panicked guinea fowls. The flock of guinea fowl fleeing in every direction subsequently lead us to the cheetah cub that was playfully chasing the poor birds as its mother drank near by and absorbed the first light of the day. The mother and cub, full of energy raced up the river bank and through the wild sage – making it a challenging job for the guides to keep up with them.  Often one will find cheetah on top of termite mounds scanning over an area for potential prey. However, much to our amazement on this particular morning they chose a Shepherd tree to scan the horizon, climbing right to the very top branches.

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Cheetah cub, 1 year old

 

Mother of cub

Mother of cub

 

Cheetah cub in the canopy of a Shepherd tree

Cheetah cub in the canopy of a Shepherd tree

 

Mother and cub playing

Mother and cub playing

 

Mother and cub looking back at the leopard

Mother and cub looking back at the leopard

 

 

Just as we began to think that our day couldn’t get any better, our chain of events continued as the cheetah lead us straight towards a leopard. Unbeknown to the cheetah and her cub a young female leopard had been lurking in the bushes behind them. With a higher rank in the natural world, the leopard used its dominance to chase off the two cheetah before relaxing under a near by bush for the day.

Offspring of the dead crouton female - 5 years old

Offspring of the dead crouton female – 5 years old

 

Escaping the heat of the day under a bush

Escaping the heat of the day under a bush

 

From vervet monkey, to guinea fowl, to cheetah, to leopard our morning in the bush became a jam packed chain of exciting events.

By Ruth Nussbaum



8 Responses to “ “Chain of Events”

  1. Sandra Getgood says:

    What an excellent post!

  2. jeanne nussbaum says:

    wow… what a show!

  3. Carolyn says:

    You have taken great images Ruth-I am particularly interested as will be going to photograph next month-will stay at tented camp
    Cant wait !!Can you give me any advise for best shot locations?

    • mashatu says:

      Hi Carolyn, Yes why don’t you visit the elephant hide, you can ask the managers at Tent Camp about it. Otherwise, I would leave it up to your guide, to be quite honest Mashatu is a hugely photogenic area and I am certain that wherever you end up going on the reserve you will be impressed.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Great images Ruth!!-going there next month–Can you advise of photographic opportunity locations?

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