The weather did change and the clouds rolled in at dawn and stayed for most of the day.
Although a few drops of rain did fall, they’re not counted.
Bandama’s action was slow but kept coming through the day.
This herd of about 200 buffalo arrived first and even in the cool weather got right down into the pan cooling off in the mud. They hung around for about an hour before slowly sauntering off south.
While filming them my viewfinder suddenly blacked out. One-Tusk walked right past the front of the vehicle on her way to drink.
But the young bull had different ideas and One-Tusk moved away, but he kept following. Then as if to humour him she stood still and he mounted her. He’s too young to be mating anyway. But why did One-Tusk repeatedly let him mount her? She obviously wasn’t in oestrus as all the big bulls would be here hounding her.
Maybe she’s at the very beginning of her oestrus cycle?
Then as if not to be out done, the older bull moved in and pushed the young guy off One-Tusk. But he had other ideas. Instead of trying his luck on One-Tusk he mounted the younger bull who actually wasn’t too upset about it. More fun?
Whatever is going on, none of the animals got what they were hoping for, unless it was just a practise round.
These elephants moved off not far to the east and fed in the area for a couple of hours before coming to drink again and then head off west.
A young cow, not wanting to get caught up in the foray came to drink near my vehicle. I got out the car, walked to the waters edge, sat down and clicked away. She had seen me and in her bold way took a few steps towards me and then a few more. And the last step she made sure to splash me. This was a real splash and camera and I were soaked. Happy she’d achieved her goal she wandered off.