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Continuation of the sixth day

 

More elephants at the camp waterhole.

 

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Other herds and buffaloes heading to it.

 

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Having spent two weeks, last month, in the Western Cape, on the way back home, I made a stop-over of eight days in Zimbabwe, at Camp Hwange again.  This time, it was very hot (around 42° C) and dry, a

End of the first day   After the sundowners, we tried to spot one of the servals that live around Shumba and we succeeded.           

Second day   Early in the morning, at the water hole, the constant comings and goings of elephants was in full swing.  In fact, from the trumpeting and sounds of movements in the water heard

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Continuation of the sixth day

 

One hour later, we were again at the dead calf spot.  Vultures were there among which a lappet-faced. 

 

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More and more vultures were landing near the carrion.  Then a bold jackal came and immediately threw itself into the fray, dispersing the vultures, to keep a top-grade place for itself.

 

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As soon as the vehicle started an approach maneuver, the jackal fled but not far away.  The vultures immediately threw itselves on the carcass.  Once the vehicle stopped, the jackal returned to the attack and so on several times.  For the rest, the images speak for itselves.

 

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More pictures coming.

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Peter Connan

Magnificent series Mike. I particularly like the third image from the top in the last batch!

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@Peter Connan

 

Thanks, Peter!

 

Continuation of the sixth day

 

Some more jackal and vultures pictures.

 

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Then came two lappet-faced to take the dominant place.

 

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A wonderful sequence of photos of the Jackal and Vultures. A really intense interaction. Excellent!

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@TonyQ

 

Thanks!

 

Continuation of the sixth day

 

Here is the third page of the aventures of the jackal and the vultures.

The jackal came back .

 

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As well as a lappet-faced later on.

 

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After this, we went back to the camp waterhole.

 

 

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Peter Connan

Each of the above is worth framing and sticking on the wall!

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Continuation of the sixth day

 

Now back at the camp waterhole.  In the meanwhile, a lot of buffaloes arrived.

 

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And a few zebras also.

 

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Leaving the waterhole, we came across this big bull that did not want to give us the passage.

 

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Departure morning

 

The lions roared all night long.  While we were packing, we could see them going up and down near the waterhole.   Apart from Liam and Mandla, all those, that were  regularly seen on the concession, were present.  The two sons of one of the Super Models eventually came to drink and rest at the waterhole after they finished the buffalo calf carcass.

 

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The Super Models were some distance away.  Toy boy was busy courting the non-pregnant one.

 

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And cherry on the cake, there was a newcomer that had never been seen before, a young male and that also seemed very interested in the one that Toy Boy was trying to seduce, while still low profile.  It did not seem to bother Toy Boy too much.

 

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I wondered then if I did not attend the beginnings of the birth of a new coalition that would bring together Toy Boy, the Super Models’ sons and the newcomer.  Who knows?

 

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To close this topic, two last pictures taken on the road to Mbala gate.

 

Queleas at Masuma.

 

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Pratincole, let’s say a red-winged?

 

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That’s all folks!

 

Many thanks to everybody!

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madaboutcheetah

Hi Mike,


Thanks for another lovely report as always with excellent images ....... I hope to visit Hwange one day! with all the new flights that make for better logistics into VFA.

 

Cheers

Hari

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Eight days filled with great sightings turned into a trip report filled with extraordinary photography ... a joy to read in this cold and gloomy morning! Thanks, @Bush dog!!

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@madaboutcheetah

 

Thanks Hari! 

 

All the new flights into Vic Falls might also be an easier alternative for your trips to Kwando.  Here is the name of a reliable company that makes road transfers from Vic Falls to Kasane, Africa Travel Tours based in Vic Falls.

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@xelas

 

Thank you for having followed this report.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks, Mike!

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Peter Connan

Like all your reports, this has been a real joy to follow. Thank you!

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Thank you for an excellent report with beautiful photos- it has been a real pleasure following this.

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Atravelynn

Roan, roan, and more roan.  Sable, sable and more sable.  I'm sure 8 days helped with these highlight species.

That mating ritual of the red-crested korhaan is fantastic.  How lucky you are to see and photograph it.  Along with the serval and prey!  Your eles are usually doing something interesting in good light!

Love the assertive jackal.  Your photos have made even the vultures look regal. 

You have to be pleased with your time at Camp Hwange!  Fantastic report, as always.

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Thanks for taking the time to post this fantastic trip report and brilliant photos. Looks as though you had a great time.

 

John

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pault

Months late for this, but that was worth waiting for @Bush dog Great sightings and even better photographs. Jackal and vulture shots are outstanding. 

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@Atravelynn

 

Sorry, Lynn, for the late answer.  I'm just back from Zimbabwe.  Thanks a lot for your comments, always a pleasure to read them.

 

And thank you also @pault and @zimreef.

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twaffle

@Bush dog I enjoyed your report and photos very much.  Staying for such a long time in one place really paid off.

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@twaffle  Many thanks for your comments.  It is indeed paying off, especially in dry season.

 

 

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