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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

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African eyes…

…at Elephant Whispers….

…a cheetah at

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

 

 

Say Hello to ‘Limpy’ the lioness.

So named because she was born

with a malformed foot.

This night while on a game drive

a sharp bend in the track nearly

had our vehicle run over Limpy.

She settle 15-20 feet away, called to her cubs,

then turned and looked at me.

I still get goose bumps all over when I see this image.

No fences, no barrackades,

just mutual trust separated us.

Sadly she had to be put down

in less than twelve months

as she had contracted a contagious disease

of some sort.

R.I.P Limpy

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Eyes

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None of my domestic livestock had horns to photograph.

Thank goodness for Africa.

An Impala with an impressive set.

A pair of itchy…

…Giraffe horns.

Finally this horn appears to be too heavy to carry.

Or is it just sad because it is a Zoo rhino?

Safe from poachers but still in captivity.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Horns

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My hands were shaking so much when these…

… lost Painted Wild Dogs ventured into our camp

looking for their mates, that this was

the best photo I managed.

Their mates had been chasing a water-buck,

no more than 40 metres from our camp.

Apparently they hunt in pairs and in relay.

These two (there was a pair)

had arrived for the batten change

after the other runners had passed.

We had the thrill of seeing them so close.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Pairs

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Pairs from Africa.

and from Kruger National PArk.

The Rhinos being the exception today.

We sighted these at the

Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana.

This sanctuary has a twenty-four hour military guard

with a ‘shoot first ask questions later‘ brief.

Remarkable how cheeky young elephants are.

By far my favourite pair.

Nosy and Rosy at six weeks of age.

An unexpected game drive produced this sighting on

our last evening in South Africa in October 2013.

During September 2014 Limpy their mother was euthanized.

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It was our last night in Africa, 2013.

We had previously met

mother Limpy, but not her cubs.

This evening we were lucky. Playing with Mum’s tail is fun…

especially when I catch it, thought Nosy.

 

 

LImpy thinks otherwise and tells the kids

to go and watch the tourists.

 

Be careful, Nosy , she says as he commences

to stalk the tourists.

Blending in with the foliage he stalks us all the way down to…

…where he takes cover behind some tasty elephant dung.

Rosy soon catches up.

Nosy does want to share his dung and shoves Rosy away.

Rosy…

goes…

rolling…

over…


off the…

pile of elephant…

 

dung, and on to…

some dry grass.

‘Muuuum’ Rosy wails…

‘Nosy pushed me. 

Did you see it, Mum?

Did you?’

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Although some  of the roll may appear

to be the same photo, I assure readers it isn’t. 

In the twenty minutes we were in the company

of those cubs I captured around 300 images. 

Upon arriving back at camp I overheard

one of our fellow travellers commenting

the he had taken nearly 800 photos

during our sixteen day trip. 

I averaged around 800 per day.

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Wits End Weekly Prompt:  Sequences

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Staying with the obvious this week.

Wedge Tail Eagle

A Lilac Breasted Roller in

Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

And with that expression I had to include

a member of our new Holland Honey Eater family.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Things-with-Wings

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