Southern Africa, 2010

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Okapuka Lodge, Namibia, just north of Windhoek. Our sleeping quarters (spacious bedroom with en suite), a short walk from the main lodge. Trees are bare because they are deciduous. This building is a duplex; in the other lodges they were fully detached.

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Warthog. Photographed near our room in the grounds of Okapuka Lodge, Namibia.

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Young common waterbuck. Antelope from our evening game drive at Okapuka lodge, Namibia.

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Fish River Canyon, Namibia, the second largest canyon on earth. We walked along the rim for a while; not as large or colourful as the Grand Canyon in Arizona and much more arid but a better view of the bottom of the canyon, as seen here, than you get from the rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Wind waves in the sand, Sossuvlei region, Namibia.

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Impala and blue wildebeest, Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

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Banded mongoose, Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

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African elephant, Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. Apparently, the ears so clearly displayed here have blood vessels close to the surface that help keep the elephant cool.

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I think these birds are red-billed quelea. They belong to the 'weaver' family that build mass nests (see image 20).

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A water-hole in Etosha National Park, northern Namibia. This young giraffe is not too sure about the greater kudu sharing its drinking water. It's common to see multiple species drinking together at a water-hole.

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Proud giraffe posing with her off-spring. A water-hole in Etosha National Park, northern Namibia.

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It looks like they were just jumping for the fun of it. Giraffes in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia.

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Zebras were not uncommon and always fun to see. The pattern of stripes is apparently unique to each individual. Etosha National Park, northern Namibia.

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Giraffes again; junior scampering back to mum. Etosha National Park, northern Namibia.

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Flamingos. Etosha National Park, northern Namibia.

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Hippopotamus. More human deaths are attributed to this animal than to any other in Africa. We saw this one in the spotlight on our way back to the lodge in the dark at the end of a game drive. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana. Kanana was the most comfortable of the lodges and hotels we stayed at this trip.

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Monkey. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana.

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Lilies and reeds in the delta, seen on a boat trip. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana.

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Looks like a bush-shrike, probably a back-crowned tchagra. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana.

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Zebra suckling. I think mum feels this has gone on long enough. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana.

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Young zebra. Kanana Lodge, Okavanga Delta, Botswana.

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The women, and girls, stood very straight because they carried burdens, especially water, on their heads from an early age. The most I saw a man carrying was a briefcase. This young girl's T'shirt says 'It's a small world ...'. Maputo, Mozambique.

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Lion. A couple of days before we arrived at Kirkman's Camp a pride of lions had killed a large giraffe and were now spending a few days near it to feed and keep scavengers away until the lions had finished. Killing such a large animal is not common apparently but the group of lions was large enough to overpower the giraffe. Our guide speculated that the giraffe may have been an old one. Apparently a giraffe can kick with deadly effect in all directions, making it difficult prey. This image was taken with my 400mm lens and cropped from 5616x3744 pixels to 2255x1382 pixels; so we were quite close, in the game viewing vehicle, but not close enough to disturb the lions.

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Lioness near the giraffe she and others had killed. Looks as though she had just been feeding on the giraffe. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Hippo. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Rhinoceros. That front horn looks awfully sharp even though it's not quite in focus. The eyes are in focus but at f/7.1 there is not quite enough depth of field for this huge animal. I was using the 400mm-f/4 lens, 1/400 sec, ISO 800, hand held. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Sunset during our sundowner celebration deep in the bush. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Leopard at last. This one has just woken up. We saw it asleep beside the track and parked and waited for it to wake. Still looks a bit dosy doesn't it but we were keeping very still in our game-viewing vehicle parked the regulation distance away. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Hyena. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Hopeful vulture. This is one of many hanging around the giraffe that had been killed by lions a couple of days before. The lions were still there so the vultures had to wait. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Lion feeding on the giraffe he and others had brought down a few days before. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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Lion and giraffe. Most of the inside has been eaten and the lions are now working on the tougher parts. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa.

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A vervet monkey saying goodbye. Kirkman's Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa. Later that day we flew home via Johannesburg, Sydney and Auckland.


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