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A Hwange Quickie


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Inspired by @Bush dog's trip report on Hwange (and I missed Bush dog by a week or two, but I would like to think I blazed the trail for him :D)... http://safaritalk.net/topic/18588-hwange-cheetahs/

 

Here is just a short quickie/photo TR form Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe in September 2017.

 

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A dead elephant (natural death) in the Camp Hwange concession

 

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Vultures and marabou storks fight for the last scraps

 

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A lioness surrounded by elephants at Bumbumutsa

 

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An old friend, "Vusi", near Big Toms

 

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This is Vusi back in 2014, viewed with @Game Warden inside the Camp Hwange concession.

 

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Here is something you don't see every day... a picnic lunch near Big Toms is interrupted by a pride of lions attacking a young elephant bull.

 

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The elephant was somehow able to shake loose all the lions by running into the mopane woodland and "scraping" them off with the branches.  The whole episode lasted 5-10 minutes.

 

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A much more peaceful moment with elephants at Masuma

 

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In the Wilderness concession now... a group of young sable bulls vying for the females

 

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Two resident cheetah brothers on a waterbuck kill

 

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Digging in

 

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A lion cub on a zebra kill at Ngamo

 

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Elephants at dusk near Samavundhla

 

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A zebra stallion killed in a fight with another stallion

 

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The remains of a sable bull

 

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A mock-charge at the Little Makalolo woodpile hide

 

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Play time

 

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Wild dog near Davison's Camp

 

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A whole gang of them at Ngweshla

 

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A happy zebra

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madaboutcheetah

@Safaridude - simply brilliant!!!!

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Peter Connan

Lions on an elephant is certainly a rare find, but I wonder if cheetah sucessfully killing a Waterbuck is not perhaps even rarer?

 

"play time" is a gorgeous shot!

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pault

Quickie but goodie @Safaridude Looks like a very nice trip and some special memories.

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wilddog

Some very special moments there, captured beautifully. Thanks for sharing @Safaridude

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Soukous

Always a pleasure to look at your photos Ken, and some pretty cool sightings too. Thanks for sharing.

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Bush dog

@Safaridude

 

Thanks a lot for sharing and also advertising my reports.  You did not only blaze the trail for me but you also left your spirit in Wasington's car, I felt it:D

 

I can only repeat what Hari said :  SIMPLY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

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lmSA84

Thanks for sharing. The elephant hunting shot is an incredible scene 

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Kitsafari

Brilliant ele-lion shot (among others) Wish we could have seen the while sequence of the ele shakingoff the lions!

 

Thanks for sharing the precious memories that were beautifully captured.

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TonyQ

Excellent, thank you!

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SafariChick

Fantastic shots of some really fabulous sightings - wow! Thanks so much for sharing!

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michael-ibk

Delighted to see some of your excellent photowork again, @Safaridude - great stuff, thanks.

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Safaridude

Thanks All.

 

@Peter Connan

 

Yes, it must be a rarity -- cheetahs going after waterbucks.  I asked the guides at Little Makalolo if those cheetah boys specialized in waterbucks, and the answer was no.

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Alexander33

Some great photos. The young elephant bull being attacked by the lion pride was amazing!  (I have to admit I’m glad he got away in the end). 

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@Safaridude as others have mentioned- what superb photography. Cracking photos.

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Atravelynn

Between the lions attacking the ele and the dead zebra stallion, you show how brutal things can get.  Much beauty too!

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Excellent photos. (I'm also pleased that the ele escaped!)

I very much like the mock charge shot; it has an undeniable immediacy to it.

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