I know...I should be posting pumpkin photos or scary stuff but it does look like this little one has had a fright.
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"The Waiting Game" can be found on page 30 and 31 of this issue.
Oct 15, 2011
Baby Elephants are so funny...they don't seem to have much control of their trunks and I witnessed a few that scared themselves when it swung the wrong way and hit them, then they let out a squeal and run a few steps back to the safety of the family.
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Oct 13, 2011
Male Thomson's Gazelle
Masai Mara, Kenya
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” ~unknown
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Oct 11, 2011
Can't figure out what this little guy is....saw so many species of birds in South Africa that I'm losing track of all the names and info! I really should have written better daily logs but didn't want to miss a sighting because I was jotting down notes in a book ;-)
Nkorho Lodge was such a great place to stay while I was in South Africa that we've added it to the Nature's Photo Adventures Sabi Sands/Kruger National Park Photography Workshops.
Nkorho Bush Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. The Lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 people in six thatched chalets to ensure that guests have personalized attention and a comfortable environment.
The chalets are beautiful and include private decks, huge bathrooms with a separate tub and shower, not to mention your own outdoor shower.
The shared areas are just as nice..... Cool off from the African sun in a unique rock pool or the infinity pool overlooking a very active waterhole, take a walk in the african bush accompanied by your ranger, sit and relax on the deck under the thatched roof beside the pool, photograph the abundant wildlife on the lodge property, enjoy breakfast and lunch under a thatched deck overlooking an open plain and dinner is around an open fire in the culturally designed Leadwood boma under the stars.
On your daily game drives see Africa's fierce predators, a variety of interesting birds and other wildlife. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the open plains in the morning, stop for sundowner drinks and witness the magic of an African sunset.
Fall asleep to the haunting cries of the night. A truly unforgettable experience.
Oct 10, 2011
Crap. How am I supposed to impress the ladies now?!!!, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.
Male Defassa Waterbuck
Masai Mara, Kenya
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The horns of male Kudus do not begin to grow until 6–12 months, twisting once at around 2 years of age and not reaching the full two and a half twists until they are 6 years old.
Though not visible in this photo, this male had 2.5 twists so he's at least 6 years old. If the horns were straightened they would reach a length of one metre on average.
Oct 4, 2011
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
While giraffes in general are classified as Least Concern, the Rothschild Giraffe is at particular risk of hybridisation since the population is so limited in numbers. There are very few locations where the Rothschild Giraffe can be seen in the wild, with notable spots being Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya and Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda.
Rothschild Giraffes are easily distinguishable from other subspecies. The most obvious sign is in the colouring of the coat - where the Reticulated Giraffe has very clearly defined dark patches with bright whitish channels between them, the Rothschild Giraffe more closely resembles the Masai Giraffe. However, when compared to the Masai Giraffe, the Rothschild subspecies is paler, the orange-brown patches are less jagged and sharp in shape and the connective channel is of a creamier hue compared to that seen on the Reticulated Giraffe. In addition, the Rothschild Giraffe displays no markings on the lower leg, giving the impression that it is wearing white stockings.
Another distinguishing feature of the Rothschild Giraffe, although harder to spot, is the number of horns on the head. This is the only subspecies to be born with five 'horns'. Two of these are 'true' horns at the top of the head, in common with all giraffes. The third 'horn' can often be seen in the centre of the giraffe's forehead and the other two behind each ear. They are also taller than many other subspecies, measuring up to 20 feet tall.