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Antee

Classy trip report and photos!

It´s a savanna hare and not scrub hare due to distribution map.

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@Antee

 

Thanks a lot for your comments and for the precision regarding the hare.

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Eighth day

 

Pictures taken during the afternoon game drive :

 

Female reedbuck

 

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Spur-winged goose

 

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Red-backed shrike female (it needs confirmation)

 

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Young male impalas

 

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Waterbucks

 

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Black coucal

 

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Squacco heron

 

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Last day

 

Not a great picture (seriously cropped) but not a common sighting.  It was, I think, the first time I saw a bat hawk.

 

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Great white heron and little egrets

 

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Pink-backed pelican

 

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Great white heron and yellow-billed stork

 

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Little egret

 

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African spoonbills, grey heron and yellow-billed storks

 

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BRACQUENE

Plentiful of grace and  movement  ; thanks again  @Bush dog for all those memories who make us dream in these difficult weeks !

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michael-ibk

Love the Pelican and Pied KF shot, Mike. Very cool to get a Bat Hawk. I have only ever seen their silhouettes after dark.

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Atravelynn

The sunrise or sunset lighting really make the shots.  The leopard portfolio is stunning.  Nice odd things like the drinking tortoise and the Martial Eagle tongue sticking out.  A lovelier Valentines gift  could not be found if you're a Ground Hornbill.

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mtanenbaum

Thanks so much for sharing this trip report! We have a lot of talented photographers on Safaritalk, but your photos are really extraordinary! I couldn't even pick a favorite, there are so many wonderful ones! It really lifts my spirits to look at them.

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@Atravelynn

 

Decidedly, I never tire of your comments and appreciations.  Simply thanks!

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Your comments are so eulogistic.  I honestly wander if I really deserve them.  But what really touches me is that it lifts your spirits.  A huge thank you!  Keep safe.

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Last day

 

Always around the same water spot :

 

Wattled cranes

 

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African spoonbills, wattled crane, egrets

 

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Pink-backed pelicans

 

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Hippo and little egret

 

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And somewhere else, Bennett’s woodpecker

 

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Athene

@Bush dog

I like all your pictures:), my favourites from the last post are the African spoonbills, wattled cranes and egrets.

You know I am not an expert on birds - I had a look into my identification book and can confirm the bird in post 103 is possibly a female red-backed shrike.

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Wild Dogger

Love the Spoonbills!

 

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@Wild Dogger

 

Thanks!

 

@Athene

 

Thanks also!  Regarding the bird in post #103, I did not find any other alternative, so it must be a red-backed shrike.

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Last day

 

I forgot to mention in the previous post that at the start of the day while it was still dark, KG spotted, thanks to his excellent night vision, the Intruders.  They were along the road, at the edge of a set of thickets, staring at us.  They were already back despite the beating received by one of them the previous morning.  Their natural instincts to conquer a territory and dominance of females remaining the strongest.  As soon as the second vehicle arrived, they sank deeper into the thickets so that they were no longer visible.

 

After staying for a while near the water point, we headed west.  We had already come a long way when we were warned that the wild dogs had made a kill far east of the reserve.  After more than 20 minutes of "Mad Max driving", we reached the place where they were.  It was the resident pack, the one we had seen a week earlier.  They had killed a young waterbuck and it was almost completely devoured.  There were only a few bones and hooves left, some of which were still working on.

 

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The hooded vulture is certainly the most reckless of the species.  Unlike the others which generally stay at a good distance on the ground or on the surrounding trees (as in the following photo on the dead tree), it wanders among the predators near the prey.

 

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elefromoz

@Bush dog, fantastic Dog collection, like the one with the lethal looking bone fragment

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Safaridude

@Bush dog  All the photos are great, but I am particularly enjoying the bird shots.  NG18 looks promising.  I am scheduled to go, but...  we shall see.

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@elefromoz

 

Thanks!!!

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@Safaridude

 

Thank you for honoring my report with your presence.  I did not expect so many good sightings in what is supposed to be the green season.

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Peter Connan

What an incredibly busy waterhole! and a great dog sighting. Lovely photos, as always. Thanks for showing us your marvelous images.

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madaboutcheetah

Lovely wild dog series , Mike .... bat hawk - I don’t think I’ve seen before so thanks for sharing !!!!

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@madaboutcheetah

 

A huge thank you to both of you.  The second half of the dog series in the next post.

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Last day

 

Second half of the dog series :

 

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And to close the morning game drive, a reedbuck

 

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Last day

 

Afternoon game drive :

 

The only herd of buffalo I have seen, not very large, I must admit, but a herd nonetheless.

 

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