A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Squirrel

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Some of Botswana’s…

Cape Ground squirrel…

 

…enjoying our leftovers.

In St. James Park, London,

lives the Grey Squirrel, which are

North American natives…

 

…was introduced to the United Kingdom

and now has replaced the native Red Squirrel

throughout most of Great Britain.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:   Squirrel

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Lens-Artist-PC-103-Surprise

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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…

 

…and also because I imagined that such an image

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.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:    Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Surprise

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Surprise

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Happiest-at-Home

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For its animals Africa is by far our

favourite destination for a holiday.


 To see these gentle giants in their natural environment…

 

 

…and at times relatively up close and personal,

makes for a wonderful experience.

 

However, upon seeing this sight at any foreign airport

is the most heartwarming feeling of all.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Happiest-at-Home

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Goose

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Dwarf Mongoose

Maybe stretching Goose a bit…here!  🙂

Captured at Balule Reserve,

Sausage Tree Safari Camp,

part of

Greater Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

 

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

Botswana’s

Chobe National Park.

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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.

An adult Cape Barren goose is 75 to 100 cm (30 to 39 in) long,
weighs 3 to 7 kg (6.6 to 15.4 lb) and
has a 150 to 190 cm (59 to 75 in) wingspan;
males are somewhat larger than females.
This bird feeds by grazing and rarely swims.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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One-Word-Sunday-Flare

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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…

 

…Geelong sunrises…

…or just after sunrise.

The image tags say it is a sunset

over Moorabool Valley.

 

 

 

A frosty morning in the garden.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:  Flare

Cee-BW-Challenge-Nature

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Northern White-Crowned Shrike

sighted in

Kruger National Park

South Africa

Sighted in our garden…a male

Superb Fairy Wren

Lilac Breasted Roller

in Botswana’s

Okavango Delta

 

 

Nature taking over this partly built and abandoned house.

Geelong’s fog was the main culprit last week.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Nature

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Black_White

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk232-Emergent

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These almost pre-historic animals

are certainly not in the

emergent category.In fact they are in just the opposite category

in that numbers are declining significantly

each with close to 1,000 being

poached each year.

 

Between 2013 and 2018 (inclusive) Africa lost

(according to Google) 6,979

of these magnificent animals

to poachers (click link for details),

which is why there are now sanctuaries

guarded 24/7 by military sharpshooters.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk232 – Emergent

Lens-Artist-PC-96-Cropping

 

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I have a dislike for…

…spiders.

 

However, I think this is creepier

and it was in our garden.

Crimson Breasted Shrike,

before…

…and after cropping.

 

 

A Kruger National Park

Zebra…..before

….and after cropping and editing.

 

Finally…

Straight out of camera…

 

 

First crop.

I  estimated that horn to be

around three feet in length.

 

 

 

Second crop.

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!

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   Cropping

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:    Cropping