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5 days at Camp Hwange


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madaboutcheetah

Mike, that's an awesome series with the Crowned Cranes ...... i've only seen them in the Mara.

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Bush dog

Mike, that's an awesome series with the Crowned Cranes ...... i've only seen them in the Mara.

 

Thanks, Hari. Crowned cranes are very common in Hwange.

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Bateleur (immature) taking off.

 

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Marabou stork landing.

 

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Steppe eagles.

 

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Tawny eagle.

 

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Bateleur.

 

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@@Christopher Moran I'll be going to Hwange in June. I'll be staying for 4 nights at Little Makalolo and 4 at Camp Hwange. I think that this is an excellent combination of camps. It;s part of a safari which will last 54 days. I'll be visiting Botswana,Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

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Bush dog

Some last birds pictures.

 

Tree pipit.

 

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Rufous-naped lark.

 

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Red-backed shrike.

 

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Blue-cheeked bee-eater.

 

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Little bee-eater.

 

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At the end of our last game drive, we saw a small pack of wild dogs. The sun had already disappeared from the horizon. They were obviously hunting. We tried to follow but we lost them in the teaks. It was already very dark but we nevertheless had our sundowners. It was at this moment that one of the dogs, that had lost its congeners, came to visit us.

 

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And to conclude this report, an aardwolf that we could see two consecutive evenings. This sighting was probably favored by the nuptial flight of termites, in full swing in the early evening.

 

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Thanks to all of you!

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michael-ibk

Great pictures as always Mike, and love the Aardwolf. Really happy you had such a good safari, you definitely deserved that.

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pomkiwi

@@Bush dog Thank-you for sharing. Superb images. The sunsets were spectacular in particular. Were the white faced owls you saw juvenile? The one I saw in South Africa was rather more full bodied.

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@@pomkiwi

 

Thank you so much for your comments.

 

The white-faced owls were adults.

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@@Bush dog I particularly love your photos of the knob-billed ducks. The marabout storks are also superb.

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AfricanQueen

@@Bush dog

Great bird pictures! I love birds!

And the sighting of an aardwolf is really amazing-lucky you!

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@@Christopher Moran I'll be going to Hwange in June. I'll be staying for 4 nights at Little Makalolo and 4 at Camp Hwange. I think that this is an excellent combination of camps. It;s part of a safari which will last 54 days. I'll be visiting Botswana,Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

 

Thanks Optig. 54 days! I am salivating... :-) We shall be in Hwange, at Little Makalolo, in mid-Aug.

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africawild

Nice photos Bush Dog ,

 

The last bee-eater photo looks more like a Swallow tailed Bee-eater ?

 

Looking forward to the rest of the report since i will be visiting Hwange next November.

 

Paco

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@@africawild

 

Thanks!

 

Yes, you are probably right, it might be a swallow-tailed bee-eater. Thank you for the correction.

 

Unfortunately, this report is finished, but, I do not know in which parts of Hwange you are going, you might be interested in the report I made last year on my March 2016 trip?

 

http://safaritalk.net/topic/16478-hwange-past-and-present/

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@optig@AfricanQueen

 

Thank you for your last comments.

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Fantastic bird photos!

But a few bird names I think are incorrect

Great white heron = little egret

Tawny eagle = a rather drab looking yellow-billed kite

Tree pipit = some kind of lark, but I'm not sure which one

Red-backed shrike = lesser grey shrike

little bee-eater = swallow tailed bee-eater

 

The second oribi on page 1 looks like an oribi to me. Do you have a picture of that showing it's tail? Is it black?

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@@egilio

 

About four birds, I had doubts. So, thank you very much for these clarifications. As for the fifth one, if it's a lark, perhaps a monotonous lark?

 

As for the oribi, I, unfortunately, do not have a picture showing it's tail.

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Caracal

Thanks @@Bush dog - great photos and a great follow on from your Selinda report - I enjoyed learning more of what Hwange has to offer.

 

All rounded off with an Aardwolf sighting!

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Good stuff Mike.

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