Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Two

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Starting where I finished last week…with eagles.

Australian Wedge Tail Eagles, nesting.

African Fish Eagles.

The Fish Eagle has a beautiful call,

especially nearing dusk when sound carries.

Males usually have wingspans around 2 m (6.6 ft),

while the female’s wingspan at 2.4 m (7.9 ft) is nearly

the same as the Wedge Tail Eagle.

Click here for YouTube Fish Eagle call

I have have posted this photo so often that I am

beginning to think it’s nearly time that the Illy coffee chain

offer to sponsor my blog and give these girls a pay rise.

Happy memories from Amsterdam.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-One

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Lookout duty at Melbourne Zoo

Is that me or my twin?

One of the few Wedge Tail Eagle photos I have.

I see plenty, but photograph few.

So re-posts, it is.

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Some of my favourite things are my cameras.

Cameras, lenses and travel allows me to…

…get up close to wildlife.

They also allow me to capture and keep nature

when she puts on a grand display…

 

 

…and also the not so grand displays.

 

Even foggy mornings can produce good results.

And when Mother Nature is a bit sluggish

getting out of bed, technology has advanced so much

that we can now capture lights prior to daylight.

Finally there are landscapes and many other

subjects to be found everywhere.

And there is also…

…raindrops on roses….

…and whiskers on kittens…

…brown paper packages tied up with strings

🙂 🙂 These are a few of my favourite things.  🙂 🙂

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Favourite-Things

 

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Next year we plan to be back in…

…South Africa and Botswana.

 

It will be our third trip and we hope to

see Meerkats in their natural habitat.

This one was guarding its territory

in the Melbourne Zoo.

These images will, I hope, thrill the rest of my extended

family who are also coming along for the ride.

 

While our first lion sighting was this pride,

on the shore of the Olifant River,

lion sightings were better later on.

 

We were about forty metres from

the action in my footer image.

After tiring of annoying mum,

the cubs came and watched us watching them

at a distance of around 20 feet.

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When I think  ‘wild’, I think…

of the ocean…

…and rugged waves smashing on to the shore…

 

 

and a rolling swell and frighteningly rough surface.

Nature at its best.

 

My second thought is of wildlife.

Specifically, African wildlife.

As we left camp one morning

we saw our first ‘up close’ hyena.

It did not mind that is was the focus of our attention,

after all it did belong in the park

and we were the intruders.

Late the third day of our first African Safari

we were alerted to a leopard sighting.

Above is the leopard and below the tree it is in.

The leopard is on the top branch.

Its head and ear are a give away

when you know where to look.

The last evening we had an unexpected game drive

and again found ‘Limpy’ and this her her cubs.

Limpy remained in this position about 50 metre from us.

However, children being children, were inquisitive…

…and both came to do some tourist spotting from

a pile of elephant dung around 20 feet from us.

After 20 minutes of only cameras clicking

and whispered comments we lost the sun.

In that 20 minutes I captured around 300 images

of these 8 week old cubs.

 

 

Our first encounter with ‘Limpy’, so named

because she malformed front paw.

We were also told that she could

easily bring down an impala when hunting.

We nearly ran over her as she was resting

on a track around a sharp bend

and our did not see her.

Not sure who was frightened the most.

I still remember the goose bumps on my arms

as she turned her head and looked straight up my lens.

Sadly, she was dead in less than 12 months.

We received the news whilst in Botswana.

She had a contagious disease

and veterinarians euthanized her.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Wild

 

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African wildlife…

Botswana leopard.

 

 

Botswana Rhinoceros.

 

South African Cape Buffalo.

 

 

Ostriches in Kruger National Park.

A visiting Hyena to our camp site in Botswana.

Kruger Park, Hyena,

South Africa..

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Wildlife