Leopard or Lion… you make the choice…

Here’s the scenario… you’re walking through the bush and you come face to face with either a male Lion or a male Leopard… which would you prefer to face…

A male lion at 190 kg (400 lbs) or a male leopard at 77 kg (170 lbs)

Lion at shoulder height 120 cm (48 in.) leopard 80 cm (32 in.)

Lion a length of 195 cm (78 in.) or leopard 165 cm (66 in.)

Taking the stats of their sizes I’d say the leopard would be the one of choice…. but knowing their aggression I’d say the lion would have to be the choice….

What would I choose ?? Well to start I don’t want to bumble into either and would do my best not to, but if I had to select one… it would be the lion… the leopard, specially a male, frightens the bejinkers out of me… here’s a photo or two of a male leopard we encountered in KNP a while ago…





and how do we know it’s a male… one its head is bigger than the females and he has a set of … (look at the photo…)


I’m going to show more leopard photos in my next post… so you are forewarned if you want to ignore the next post…

Beep Beep Boep… another closer look… more Lion

The lion I posted yesterday have a few additions to them.. Jewels from “Ramblings from Jewels” was all the encouragement I needed …. “Post more” she said and here they are…

But while we’re here have you seen Jewels Blog ?? Here’s a link to go and see what she shares..

And here are the photos…





And the last one is a photo of a photo…


The many faces of BEWARE….

There are times that a picture can replace a thousand words…. and even at times it can replace just one word… these photos from a while back replace one word… that word RUN !!!


Don’t stop the eye is on you….


and I’m showing attention too….


But others are just taking the afternoon off…


Crowned Lapwing (plover)… a tenacious bird from a tenacious family..

Having recently posted a few post on Lapwings/Plovers I have received many interesting comments… our three-banded plover is similar to your “kildeer”… in fact they are of the same family as attested to by their Latin names…

But a lot of the comments were about the tenacious behaviour of this group of birds… they will attack anything that comes near their nests… they will also pretend to be hurt, have a broken wing, hoping you will follow them, and when far enough away from the nest, have a remarkable recovery and fly away…..


and sometimes they will raise their wings to make themselves look bigger to frighten off reptiles like snakes…

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But there is definitely a tenacious or pertinacious (This bulldog is using big words now) nature displayed by these birds when faced by a possible danger..


But this group of birds are always a pleasure to watch, .. they will remain close at hand and allow one many an opportunity to get good captures… But for a real teaser here’s a bird that fascinated me…

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Have a great week ….

The Blacksmith and its young…. Plover of course….

The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) is named for its repeated metallic ‘tink, tink, tink’ alarm call – which sounds similar to a blacksmith’s hammer striking metal. (bet you didn’t know that !!!! don’t worry neither did I)

The Blacksmith is usually monogamous — being loyal to one partner for the rest of its life, or until the mate dies, at which time it will pursue others. (Did you know that ?? I did)

The nest is a simple scrape in the ground, usually lined with vegetation, stones and mud flakes. The average clutch size consists of 1 to 4 eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 26 to 33 days; typically in shifts of 20 to 80 minutes.


The young leave the nest within hours of hatching but remain close to their parents. They fledge when they are about 40 days old and usually self-sufficient a month later.

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Daddy keeping an eye…

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White-crowned Lapwing (Plover)… what a moustache….

Now I’m not going to say a word about the “lap..ver” but suffice it to say I did think about it…

The white-crowned lapwing, white-headed lapwing, white-headed plover or white-crowned plover (Vanellus albiceps) a bird known by many handles is found in South Africa….

This “lap..ver” is unmistakable. Its wings and tail are strikingly patterned in black and white, the back is brown and the underparts white. The head is particularly striking, being mainly grey, but with a white crown and foreneck. The eye ring, facial wattles and legs are yellow. Females, males and young birds are similar in plumage.

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I love that photo, and think I did a great job of it…

It is a wader which breeds on exposed sand or shingle near rivers. 2–3 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including the hippo. (Brave little bird)

Food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in small flocks when not breeding.

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I wonder if that moustache tickles..??