Word-of-Day-Challenge-Natural

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existing in or derived from nature;
not made or caused by humankind.
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Bourke’s Luck Potholes

A natural wonder in

South Africa’s…

 

…Blyde River Canyon

nature reserve.

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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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WeeklyPrompts-Photo-Challenge-Snippet

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I don’t keep a regular diary and initially

was wondering what I could post.

Then I remembered the photo of these lion cubs

and its artistic transformation which hangs

in our living room.

We had seen one of Warren Carey’s (S.A. artist)

during our 2013 travels and very nearly made a purchase it.

Contact was made and Warren agreed to draw

one of our lion cub photos and

we had our souvenir.


The following year in Botswana MGW took this photo

and we decided that this would look good…

…on our living room wall also.

These are my snippets of the past decade

which will always remind me of our

visits to Africa.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Snippet

BirdWeeklyPC-Colour-BW-Birds

 

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Not far from the Geelong CBD…

…can be found, if you are lucky…

 

…Australia’s largest airborne bird,

the Wedge Tailed Eagle.

 

This vulture was rehabilitating in South Africa’s

Moholoholo Wildlife Centre.

 

In 2013 we were allowed to feed this magnificent bird. 

Its eye are focussed on the next hand

to hold and feed it.

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BirdWeekly:…Colour-and-Mono

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Close-Ups

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Peeling paint and rust

 

 

 

Pipe joint

 

 

Vulture waiting to be fed at South Africa’s

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre .

 

 

A Bateleur Eagle, also at Moholoholo.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Close-Ups

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Black_White

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FOWChallenge-Roar

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roar

a full, deep, prolonged cry uttered by a lion
or other large wild animal.
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After being nearly run over by

our Safari vehicle…

…Limpy wasted no time in telling her brood to

keep out of the way of crazy Safari drivers.

Limpy’s roar did not compare to this bloke.

However, the winner came about 12 months later

when, a little after 10PM we had just adjourned

to our sleeping bags and tents when an

almighty roar quietened all other night life.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Roar

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BirdWeeklyPC-Game-Birds

 

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All ducks

photographed near,

Geelong

I only have a few images of birds…

 

…which I would call game birds…

 

…and those are ducks.

 

I think these are various varieties

of wild ducks…

 

…mostly found at

Balyang Sanctuary…

 

…well inside Geelong City limits.

 

Like humans some prefer not to be photographed.

 

A South African Quail in Kruger National Park.

Not sure if they are game birds in SA, however,

their Australian Cousins were highly regarded

as a meat bird by those who liked the sport

when I was younger.

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BirdWeekly:…Game-Birds

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Rogue

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an elephant or other large wild animal living
apart from the herd and having savage
or destructive tendencies.
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Meet Tembo the Elephant who for

a short period of his life was

described as rogue.

After his mother died he went rogue

and killed four hippopotamus.

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Lens-Artist-PC-120-What-a-Treat

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The treat I want to share this week is

our last African game drive in

the first week of October 2013.

There wasn’t supposed to be a drive the last day,

however, we were treated to one and

it was one I will never forget.

 

Limpy (she had a deformed foot) and

her six week old cubs were the stars.

 

 

At six weeks the cubs were ready… 

to play with anything…

 

 

that moved…

…including…

…mum’s tail.

Go and play with the tourists instead of my tail.

 

Nosy obligingly heads off…

…for some tourist watching.

Rosy is a bit shy.

Our intrepid explorer keeps on coming…

 

 

…until he comes upon some elephant dung…

 

…which smells delightful and tastes even better.

Rosy joins Nosy now that Nosy is safe.

Don’t they look regal upon their throne?

 

Put on a show for the tourists?

  

Let’s show them how tough we are.

 

And so began…

…their play fight.

Perhaps…

…more play than fight.


Twenty minutes and nearly 300 photos later

as the sun was close to the horizon,

we departed this site.

Upon arriving back in Australia

we contacted a South African

artist whose work we admired and

he drew one of my photos.

Now have a constant reminder of that

experience on the wall in our living room.

Sadly in September 2014 Limpy was euthanized

by local veterinarians as she had contracted a

contagious disease of some description.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:   What-a-Treat

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:   What-a-Treat

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BirdWeeklyPC-Black-Feathered-Birds

 

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Africa, Australia and the United KIngdom

provide this week’s birds.

Magpie (Long-tailed) Shrike

Sighted in

Kruger National Park 

South Africa

 

 

A Raven of the

Tower of London

 

Australian White Backed Magpie

helping itself to some morsels of leftovers

after coffee and a snack in

the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

 

 

Still hungry.

 

Only a small amount of black on

the male Superb Fairy Wren

 


Black Swan

 

 

Our resident

New Holland Honeyeaters

 

…have mostly black feathers.

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BirdWeekly:…Black-Feathered-Birds

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