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Stalking and chasing in the wilds of the African bush

Hello everybody!

The last ten days we have felt a change in the weather; there has been a slight chill in the air which has been welcomed by some beautiful bright blue skies and sunshine. With the clear skies it has allowed us to use the observatory more often. There are some great objects to see this time of the year with the planet Saturn our "Hollywood" object of the moment.

The lion prides have been keeping us on our toes these last two weeks. Greg and Phil were lucky to watch two females from the Xemongwe pride hunt a herd of zebras in the thick morning mist. The lions were using the mist for cover to stalk the zebras. As the mist started to rise the zebras were getting nervous. ...Suddenly the lions broke their cover and started chasing. In an instant there was panic, the zebras bolted in their classic dazzling display which saved them this time round.

The Ottawa pride has come back west in to our traversing area this pride has two big females and six youngsters about two years old. Greg and I were following them one evening through a clearing; the big females had heard something... they started stalking their prey at pace, while they left the the young ones behind. Greg and I were waiting on the road with our lights down so we didn't disturb the hunt. Greg could hear two male impala having a fight when suddenly the lionesses started chasing. We could just hear the chase and as we put the lights on, we saw that they had grabbed one impala. The stuggle was over quickly and the cubs arrived swiftly to join their mothers at the kill. The pride fought shoulder-to-shoulder for meat, the growling and snarling was so intense everybody just sat dead still with eyes wide open. A truly amazing spectacle!

Just to answer your question Keith, Duard is still working on his dancing, your comparison to a baby giraffe is close but i think the giraffe has more rythm!!

We look forward to sharing some more stories with you soon,
Trevor and Phillip