Towards the end of our first day
in Kruger National Park…
…our driver received a message which lead us to
what I call my National Geographic shot.
So called because it is where I thought it
most likely to see such a shot…
would require much patience
and luck to capture.
On our final morning at
Sausage Tree Safari Camp
we were woken by the sound of
breaking tree branches.
Upon looking outside into the darkness
I noticed this passerby, probably heading
for the water hole.
More surprising was the fact that it was only
this image which made me realise the there was only
a three foot six inch high fence
separating us from wildlife.
The following year another surprise
at Botswana’s Elephant Sands.
While at breakfast we noticed this elephant
wandering past last night’s accommodation.
We wondered how many other had
wandered past during the night.
Elephant Sands is a water hole which elephants come
to drink at any time of day or night.
As with all animals there were more
at night than during the day.
Some of the accommodation can bee seen
in the background for the record my camera
lens was set at 55 mm for this shot.
Back to 2013 and our last evening at
Sausage Tree Safari Camp.
We were offered one last surprise game drive.
About half an hour into the drive the message
came through of a sighting…at
the other end of the reserve.
Long story short.
Mother Limpy watched on while
Nosy and Rosy (our nicknames for the cubs)
came to within twenty-five feet of our
vehicle to watch the tourists
and play on the elephant dung.
Twenty breath taking minutes and 300 shots later,
as the sun neared the horizon,
our driver alerted other vehicles
in the reserve of our sighting.
We had seen the work of a local artist,
made contact via Facebook and had one of our photos
converted into to into a charcoal sketch which
now adorns our living room wall.
My guess is…
…young adult, teenager and toddler…
…all being herded by Mum.
For its animals Africa is by far our
favourite destination for a holiday.
To see these gentle giants in their natural environment…
However, upon seeing this sight at any foreign airport
is the most heartwarming feeling of all.
Maybe stretching Goose a bit…here! 🙂
Captured at Balule Reserve,
Sausage Tree Safari Camp,
Greater Kruger National Park,
Egyptian Geese are from 63 to 73 cm in height
and they can weigh from 1.5 to 2.3 kg.
The wingspan measures 38 cm, on average.
These images were captured in
Chobe National Park.
My last images, of a Cape Barren Goose,
were captured at Serendip Sanctuary,
on the outskirts of Geelong.
Cape Barren Geese are native to
the south-eastern coast of Australia,
south-eastern Victoria and
the southern coast of Western Australia.
However my first sighting of these birds
was at the Toronto Zoo in 1976.
While I had never seen a live specimen,
I was able to answer the question,
What are they?
with a reasonable degree of confidence.
The friendly giraffe was again waiting
near the gate as we set off
on our morning Game Drive.
Kwa Nokeng Lodge
Our first morning in Botswana.
Mostly these are…
…or just after sunrise.
The image tags say it is a sunset
over Moorabool Valley.
A frosty morning in the garden.
Kruger National Park
Sighted in our garden…a male
Superb Fairy Wren
Lilac Breasted Roller
Nature taking over this partly built and abandoned house.
Geelong’s fog was the main culprit last week.
These almost pre-historic animals
are certainly not in the
in that numbers are declining significantly
each with close to 1,000 being
poached each year.
Between 2013 and 2018 (inclusive) Africa lost
which is why there are now sanctuaries
guarded 24/7 by military sharpshooters.
However, I think this is creepier
and it was in our garden.
…and after cropping.
A Kruger National Park
Straight out of camera…
I estimated that horn to be
around three feet in length.
This rhino (and its mates) have
a 24/7 military guard.
The guards have orders to
shoot first and asked questions later.
We did not test the veracity
of this statement!
Sunset over Chobe National Park,