FOWChallenge-Flutter

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flutter

(of a bird or other winged creature)
fly unsteadily or hover by flapping
the wings quickly and lightly
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A collection of…

From this..

…to this with barely a flap

of its wings.

 

 

Nest building weavers moving quickly

on fluttering wings.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Flutter

Lens-ArtistPC-150-Let’s-Get-Wild

 

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Images from South Africa and Botswana

Vulture at

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

South Africa

 

Elephants

While we waited for the second vehicle

this hyena wandered past giving us

a sideways glance as it did.

 

Where we stop at a zebra crossing and

wait for zebras to cross the road.

Botswana’s Elephant Sands

waterhole

Warthog

Zebras…

….and again

African Wild Dog came into

our Okavango Camp

Quenching a thirst at

Elephant Sands

Okavango Delta

Leopard

Lekhubu Island sunrise

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Let’s-Get-Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Let’s-Get-Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Let’s-Get-Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:...Let’s-Get-Wild

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Lens-Artist-PC-125-My-Pick

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I decided to post my favourite

African bird images this week.

The African Harrier Hawk had posed

long enough for us and was off.

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I believe this to be

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Captured at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp,

South Africa

 

 

 


 

A Red Breasted Weaver

entertaining the breakfast crowd at

Elephant Sands,

Botswana.

I’m not sure if it lost purchase on the thorns or not.

However, one second it was hanging from the thorns ,

the next, plummeting groundwards.

Whatever the reason, I managed

to capture one frame of

its headlong dive.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Your-Pick

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Your-Pick

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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