Greater Kudu At Gorah

Greater kudu photographed in failing light at Gorah, in Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa. I shot this with my Nikon D500 and Nikkor Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P lens.. The kudu were quite close. The EXIF data on my camera tells me I shot it at ISO 4,000, 1/400 second. f6.3, with …

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On A Game Drive

On a game drive in the bush in South Africa you bump up and down a lot. You will probably be riding in an open-top Toyota Land Cruiser. We’ve been to four reserves and they all use Land Cruisers. I asked a couple of times whether they would use Land Rovers and they said that …

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Hadada Ibis

This is a Hadada ibis (sometimes called the Hadeda ibis), and once you have heard one calling out, you will know why it is called that. They have a distinctive three-syllable call ‘ha da da’ with a loud, penetrating, rasping sound. When flying they hold their wings at right angles to their bodies. Seeing them …

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Lions

We came across these two young lions, a brother and sister, on the Western Cape. The male was attracted by something and the female was crouched behind a tiny bush. It was more a clump of grass than a bush, but she was close to the ground and he didn’t see her. Suddenly she sprang …

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African Elephants

I photographed these African elephants (Loxodonta africana) on the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Look at the way the adults surround the young to keep them safe. As you can see, the young are drinking from their mother. The young seem completely relaxed with adults weighing several tons surrounding them and walking around. The way …

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Warthog Facts

A warthog has two pairs of tusks protruding from its mouth. The lower pair is shorter and as sharp as a razor from rubbing against the upper pair of tusks. It rubs against them every time the warthog opens and closes its mouth. And of course it has warts, as they are called. In fact …

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