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Tuludi Camp, Khwai private reserve : dry green season


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Loving your report Mike. Mixed emotions; on the one hand I can pretend I am on safari with you, on the other I am frustrated that I am not actually out in Africa taking my own photos instead of just enjoying yours. 

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Towlersonsafari

lovely photos again @Bush dog

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17 hours ago, Soukous said:

Loving your report Mike. Mixed emotions; on the one hand I can pretend I am on safari with you, on the other I am frustrated that I am not actually out in Africa taking my own photos instead of just enjoying yours. 

 

You will ..... when things get better!!!

 

I am postponing April to TZ also .... Right now, staying safe and keeping others safe is most crucial in our battle to win this! 

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@BRACQUENE

 

Thank you very much!

 

The light is the one you have during the golden hour.  And concerning wild dogs, at least from my experience, the northern part of Botswana, from the delta to the Linyanti, is the best place to see them.

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@Soukous

 

Thanks!  I agree with Hari.  It's just a matter of patience.  After the rain, the good weather.

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Sixth day

 

Extremely quiet morning.  Nevertheless, a very interesting sighting.  I had never seen it before, again a leopard, but tortoise this time, quenching its thirst at Jackal Pan, where we were again having tea.

 

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In the afternoon, Balipi, while he was driving guests to the airstrip, spotted the Intruders along the road.  On our way, we saw a steenbok.

 

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The lions were, indeed, lying in the shade about fifty meters from the road.  As we were the only vehicle present and they had already previously tolerated the presence of only one, we decided to approach them slowly and gradually.  We can notice that they are very suspicious.  Their look reflects a certain anxiety, especially in the one on the right.

 

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We continued to progress in the same way until one of them, the most anxious, made us understand that we had entered its comfort zone by moving back a few meters.  So we definitely stopped our approach.

 

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Seventh day

 

Late at night, I heard them roaring close to camp.  Black and Red were indeed at a few hundred meters of it.

 

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Red roaring in the golden hour of the morning

 

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Portraits of them

 

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Wonderful photos @Bush dog, my favourites are the young leopard photos. I am very much enjoying your trip report, especially in these difficult times. It  helps to keep my spirits up. We had also planned to visit Botswana end of April/beginning of May which is now postponed to end of October. I would have loved to see the Okavango delta after the rains.

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Seventh day

 

Red lechwe

 

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And some birds

 

Gabar goshawk ?

 

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Stonechat ?

 

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Green pigeon

 

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Amur falcon

 

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@Athene

 

Thank you so much for your comments.  Personnally, I like the young leopard pictures too but it was not too difficult to get decent shots of it.  It was so relax and posing like a top model on the perfect tree.  Sincerely happy that this report is a consolation for you in those actual difficult days.

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@Bush dog, portraits of Black and Red just incredible, almost smell their breath...

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@Bush dog

 

There can sometimes  be confusion between a Lizard Buzzard and a Gabar goshawk , but I think you are probably right  looking at the throat ( no black stripe ) and what I can see from the tail  ; awesome photos not in the least that Red Lechwe !

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@BRACQUENE

 

It's definitely not a lizzard buzzard (like you said no black stripe).  The lizzard buzzard is slightly bigger and its wingspan seriously bigger. 

 

 

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Seventh day

 

A family of four southern hornbills, the fourth one is out of frame.  Perhaps the same group you saw in November, @Wild Dogger .

 

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The male holding in its beak a present for its partner.  Believe it or not, these photos were taken on February 14.

 

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That would close the morning game drive.  The afternoon was as always pleasant but less productive in terms of good photographic opportunities.

 

Hyenas wallowing in a muddy pond

 

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Long-toed lapwing

 

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Elephant bull

 

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I don't know how that male Hornbill managed to bring the food as a whole to his partner @Bush dog but it is certainly the best Valentine's Day present she ever had !

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Wild Dogger

3 adults and one chick, this must be the same family

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Eighth day

 

This day started very early, at 4:30 in fact, and in a non-visual but very noisy way. The morning wake-up call being at 5:00 am, I was, like every day, always sleepy but already awake when a heck of a racket  woke me completely.  The tents are aligned along two boardwalks, starting from the meeting point as well as the arrival and departure of vehicles, forming a V.  The din, made up of roars and groans, came from inside the V, between tents.  What was happening obviously involved lions.  It did not last long.  The roars continued however while decreasing in intensity to finally disappear in the direction of the south and of Moremi.  It was only when KG came knocking on the door of my tent at 5:00 am that I learned what had happened.  Black and Red had just made it clear to one of the Intruders that it was not welcome on their territory. They then chased it far enough.

 

So we tried to find them.  After having located them, thanks to their roars, on an island, we had to note that it was not possible to access it, the risks of bogging being too important.

 

Pictures taken during the morning game drive :

 

Martial eagle subadult

 

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Wattled crane

 

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Warthog

 

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Woodland kingfisher calling

 

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Waterbuck

 

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@Bush dog

 

Great photos as always but this time my full marks go to the Woodland kingfisher !

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@BRACQUENE

 

Thank you!

 

After further investigation, I'm pretty sure that on#85, it is not a chanting goshawk but well a gabar.

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@Bush dog I also had another look into my identification book and I think you are right. The gabar goshawk is smaller in comparison to the pale chanting goshawk and the underside of the wings are different.

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