Epic battle: honey badger and python

A while back, I spent some time at Singita Lebombo, a lodge in a private area of Kruger National Park near the Mozambican border. After an early morning watching cheetah clubs playing, we headed back to camp. It was about 9:30 and the light was flattening out – the start of a long, slow, hot November day. As our vehicle rounded a corner, tracker Glass Marimane called out, “Honey badger!” We slammed to a halt and pulled out binoculars, spotting a large male honey badger digging at the foot of a tree. (I flunk botany every time I go to Africa, which is now a lot of times, so I can’t tell you what sort of tree – a leadwood, maybe?) As I pulled out my camera, my guide, Chantelle Venter, got even more excited. “Look,” she whispered, “a python!”  The digging badger had flushed a large rock python out into the open. Here is what then transpired:

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  1. Denise Olson April 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    Wow. Way to capture this duo. What amazing photos.

  2. Marilyn Eaton April 2, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Unbelievable capture. It’s as if we were right there with you. What a sight to observe (especially from the safety of a truck.) thank you for posting and thanks Carol for sharing.