Cee’s-FFChallenge-Nature

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My Nature Post images were all captured in Africa.

A multitude of kingfisher hovering images…

 

…a much smaller window of opportunity

to capture the ‘Breakfast’ shot.

 

African, Lilac Breasted Roller

 

Waterbuck

 

Giraffe

Lioness, Limpy, mother of….

 

…Rosy and Nosy 🙂

 

 

With a 24/7 military guard operating on

a shoot first ask question later basis, the

Khama Rhino Sanctuary, is home…

 

…not only to rhinos,

but many other species of wildlife including

this Crimson Breasted Shrike.

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Ewe and lamb

Ostrich eye at the

Kempton Park Game Lodge

Johannesburg

Eland

Werribee Open Range Zoo

(between Melbourne and Geelong)

 

Ring Necked Dove

Khiama Rhinoceros Sanctuary,

Botswana

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Fortunate

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fortunate

*  bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain
*  receiving some unexpected good
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This warthog was fortunate that we

were only shooting with

Nikon and Canon DSLRs

 

We think we are fortunate to have

a happy and healthy

Granddaughter.

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Warty

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warty

A hard rough lump growing on the skin,
caused by infection with certain viruses
and occurring typically on thehands or feet.
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Is a warthog warty?

 

Well, sort of, according to Google 

However, the “warts” that give warthogs their

name are actually protective bumps.

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This week I have chosen birds which are all,

according to Google, smaller than a breadbox

which are usually about 16 inches wide

by 8 to 9 inches high and deep ,

or 40cm x 20cm x 20cm.


I would have thought the

Northern White Crowned Shrike

was considerably smaller than its

Crimson Breasted cousin.

However, at 19-23 cm long and

tipping the scales between

42 to 58 grams it more than

holds its place with its cousin.

The Crimson Breasted Shrike

is a smaller bird than I remembered it to be.

Measuring 23cm in length and

weighing 40-57 grams it is roughly

the same size as the

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

 

The Kalahari Scrub Robin

measures only 16 cm in length and

weighs between 17 and 23g 

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

At 14 cm, or 5.5in, long and weighing

only 8–13 grams (0.28–0.46 oz),

the Superb Fairy Wren

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm 

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Smaller-Than-Bread-Box-or-Bin

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FOWChallenge-Vestige

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vestige

a trace or remnant of something that is disappearing
or no longer exists.
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This African rhino may be one of the last vestiges of

African/Asian rhinos which numbered

around 500,000 rhinos in Africa and Asia

at the start of the twentieth century.

This number had plummeted to

a mere 70,000 by the 1970s.

Fast forward another 50 years and this number

has been again decimated to

just 27,000 rhinos in the wild,

mainly due to poaching

and loss  of habitat.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Vestige

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Mallard Duck

All my life I have called these, Water Fowl. 

Google tells me they are, Dusky Moorhens.

 

Australasian Darters.

African Darter.

Ring Necked Dove,

Botswana.

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warning

a statement or event that warns of something
or that serves as a cautionary example.
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The cable ferry over the Daintree River.

No mention of the crocodile infested water

we were crossing.

With such a short crossing one wonders

why anyone would contemplate

leaving their vehicle

 



I thought an unusual sign on a path.

 


Khama Rhino Sanctuary,

Botswana.

I would have thought 50 metres too close.

However, anecdotal evidence tells of

silly tourists and wild animals.

 

 

It’s a wonder hubby was wanted

after daycare at London’s Flyinghorse

When eucalypts grow to to the road’s edge

these signs warn us of Koalas.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Horns

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Horns from all over.

hereford cattle have horns.  However, PollHerefords do not have horns.

Similarly Poll Dorset sheep, in this case a ram,

do not have horns.

In both cattle and sheep horns have

been breed off the original livestock to

facilitate better animal husbandry practices.

Riverboat horn.

Trumpets…also called horn.

Do Giraffes have horns? 

Google states that a best guess is that

giraffe’s “horns” were originally

support structures for their antlers.

 

 

…for their antlers.   

Sockets that supported

the large racks which deer find so handy

during mating season in their tests

of strength and dominance.

Source: Google Search

 

 

Finally, a highly sort after horn, by some cultures.

Made of similar material which forms our fingernails,

it’s hard to see why rhino horn is valued.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Horns

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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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