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  2. @Peter Connan superb shots throughout, but those of the swift in particular are amazing. I find it an achievement to even get them in the frame
  3. Japan’s Fisheries Agency has revealed plans to replace its aging whaling ‘mothership’, the Nisshin Maru – flying in the face of both international opinion and a ruling exposing the charade of its supposed ‘scientific research’ whaling. The decision to commit $900,000 to a planning study under the Agency’s 2018 draft fiscal budget was taken despite the 30-year old global moratorium on commercial whaling. Report continues the local support is low and the internal opposition is very strong there is no reason to go out persuing intelligent mammals in the ocean with efficient machines of murder the way things are done is nothing like a hunt with the prey having a fair chance to evade death
  4. Day 7 - Afternoon We board our plane and head for Selous. There has been a slight change of plans however. Selous has received a lot of rain a few days before our arrival so the Siwandu airstrip, where we were originally meant to land, is deemed to be unsafe for planes to land and take off from. As a result we will instead be landing at Mtemere airstrip. So what would have been around a half hour drive to camp is now around 1.5 hours. This is no big deal to us, it actually allowed us to see a part of the park we most likely wouldnt have visited. Our driver Daniel and guide Calisti tell us we will be driving quickly to enable us to get to camp in time for a late lunch. This is unnecessary as Mdonya packed us a lunch box for the plane ride to Selous. We say nothing as we dont want to seem rude and unappreciative of the food prepared for us. Along the way we see a lot of giraffe, already it seems its going to be close as to whether Ruaha or Selous hold the most of these elegant giants. We notice a lot of vultures and maribu storks circling in the air a little way ahead of us. When we get to the spot we duck off the main road to investigate. After a couple of minutes searching we find a zebra carcass getting eaten by a pack of ravenous birds. There are no predators around so it isnt dead as a result of a kill. We deduce that it most probably died of disease or perhaps as the result of a fight. And it cant have been dead long as there are no hyena on the site yet either. Some birds had had their fill, and were trying to keep cool in the warm Selous sun. We continue our drive towards camp and spot a crocodile on the banks of a river. As we draw nearer to camp we find 2 hyena and some blue wildebeest. I was unable to photograph the latter due to shyness. We arrive at camp, fill in the necessary paperwork and force down some lunch. Then its time to head to our tent and have a quick rest before our afternoon activity. Being a sister camp to Mdonya the tent is exactly the same, although it feels bigger inside for some reason. This afternoon we elect to do a boat cruise on Lake Manze, partly to give us something different to a vehicle safari and partly because it is so muggy here we figure it should be cooler on the water. Images of Lake Manze. There is plenty of birdlife around the lake. Confession time - I am not a birder, but I can appreciate the beauty of them. And there are some really nice ones. I have trouble remembering their names, so if someone can help me out that would be much appreciated. There are plenty of hippos in the lake. They mostly stay hidden with only half their heads showing. At one point we were watching a pod from about 30 metres when all of a sudden the boat was smashed into by a hippo who clearly wasnt impressed with our presence. It gives you a brief shock, but the boats are big enough that they are most unlikely to be tipped over. Approaching sunset we see 2 buffalo who have come down to the waters edge for a drink. Tonight we have a couple of nice cold Kilimanjaro's with dinner. Off to bed around 10pm ready to explore the park tomorrow.
  5. Thank you @Galana and @Dave Williams 14) White-throated Swallow Witkeelswael Hirundo albigularis This one, due to some lack of focus on my part was shot at an ISO of 1300, which is less than ideal, but does show that modern cameras are actually little phased by ISO's that would have been nearly impossible just 15 years ago. 1 January, Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg.
  6. @penolva, I really like the pano of the Elephant family walking in with the Herds in the background, to me that just defines the Plains. I too would be worrying for those little Cubs in that drain, hope that Mum knows what's she's doing. The Vultures and Hyenas are great, so much personality.
  7. 16 organisations call for strict handling of wildlife trafficker (Vietnam) VietNamNet Bridge January 23, 2018 The Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) on January 22 revealed that 16 international and social organisations in wildlife protection in Vietnam signed a letter calling on Vietnamese law enforcement agencies to strictly handle Nguyen Mau Chien, the suspected mastermind of a trans-national rhino horn trafficking ring. report continues the trial is due to begin on 26 January
  8. @Galago You won't regret Musekese. Ty and Phil are passionate and committed in protecting and nurturing their location and the lack of burning has made the area's eco-system even more green and healthy. (psst - just bring more lights as I found the two solar lamps for the room too underwhelming for me). Ty is a very engaging and knowleageable guide from the 1.5-day of guiding from him - I wish we had him for the entire trip but i think he was off to Liuwa. You'll have great fun with him and Doug in Zak for sure. I echo Lynn's advice - get a bugsuit and a fly swatter. your companions will look at you enviously.
  9. Do supplement the steroids with a bug suit. So glad we point you in the right direction, @Galago, which is straight to Musekese. Good choice!
  10. @Treepol Thanks for reading. Sandai etc coming soon. We have decided on Malaika camp. They sent me proof of their permission to operate and the price is good. At the end of the day as long as the beds are clean and comfortable, the shower works and the food is reasonable that’s all you need. I hope they deliver. I also like that they are beside the Mara River. We will take our own private vehicle and guide. Pen
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  12. @penolva thanks for your Mara TR and the tip about Brian's camp. I am so looking forward to your adventures around Sandai. Where did you decide to stay on your next trip in September?
  13. @Soukous's last post was in 2014: has anyone got a more recent image to share? Matt
  14. We are long overdue a new bum or two. So what have you got to show us?
  15. I think there have been a few pics in recent trip reports that deserve to be in this thread... so. Get posting
  16. Bateleur. Mara 2011.
  17. @michael-ibk @Atravelynn @Kitsafari What a great trip report! Thank you so much. I always enjoy your reports, jointly and separately, but this brought back some memories. I was in north Kafue in 2004, at a lodge (now defunct) in the NE corner and then onto Busanga. The drive between the two was through miombo woodland and the tsetses were bad. I'd only encountered them once before, in the Luangwa, and been fine. What I didn't know was that this had set up a reaction in me and, second time around, resulted in goose egg size swellings all over. In the end I was pretty sick as the mossie bites joined in with the histamine reaction! I now travel with anti-histamines, taken every day from day one, and steroids as a back up. So far trips have been tsetse free but, as it's Chad in a couple of weeks and possibly Kafue in October, the efficacy of the steroids may be tested! I may well invest in a bug suit for Kafue and Lynn's fly swat is a great idea! Just loved the Twinspot pics. Ran around all day looking for them, only to find them hanging out by the chicken coop at the lodge. And you saw Locust Finch! I saw Sable on the Spinal Road from Kaingu in 2013 but they were fleeting. And knocked out by your Sable photos. The lions at that time in Busanga were amazing, black maned, the Revival Pride, and seriously scary. Ele's were good too but they were very nervous, so it was usually retreating rear ends. However, there was a lot of burning which made for smoky air and probably contributed to a lack of game. I think you've made my mind up for me. After a lot of changing my mind, it's going to have to be Musekese in October. As Tyrone and Doug are the guides in Chad next month, I'll be able to have a good chat with them about it. Thanks again, all of you, such a great report!
  18. MONTEIRO'S HORNBILL. Tockus monteiri The following two images are of the same bird and were taken in Ongava Game Reserve, south west of the Andersson Gate, Etosha N.P. Namibia, in July 2017. Camera settings: Image 1, ISO 100, 400mm ( EF 100-400mm Mk2 ), f/7.1, 1/400. Image 2, same except f/6.3 used.
  19. Ruaha/Tanzanian red-billed from Ruaha in 2015
  20. The Yellow Billed Hornbill. Savuti, Botswana 2012 And here from Kruger Park 2013
  21. The Southern Ground Hornbill always run away from me. I tend to get all my pictures from behind. This one is a little bit better. Ruaha 2015
  22. Day 5, Evening drive, Changa, 6/9/17 It had been a long day and it was very hot, so we took the option of a boat cruise. We were alone with our guide, who unfortunately neither us can remember his name It's not because he was bad, but we have been racking our brains for weeks and cannot remember! He was young and relatively recently qualified, but had just acquired a digital camera, so was keen to learn about positioning a vehicle for photography. It was all birds today.... including some new ones for us: White-crowned lapwing Kitlitz's plover White-winged tern And this ruff was a new one for our guide We were then taken to "a nice bay where there are lots of birds", which was a rouse, as we were met by the camp staff, who had set up sundowners on a beach, with the film crew already there and they sent up this drone to capture some footage for their documentary whilst we were treated to a spectacular sunset We went back to camp by boat in the dark, which was a different experience!! We had dinner with the film crew, who were very friendly and had lots of tales to tell. There was a spectacular full moon rise over the bay which illuminated the dead leadwood trees in the water and I kicked myself for not having a camera or at least a camera phone to hand. Oh well, I could try tomorrow, but of course, it was not the same
  23. Ok As I have learned - von der Decken's hornbill a Male and a Female: Ruaha August 2015.
  24. 12 seaters are fine @mopsy and thanks for that, my wife and I are a very sad pair-she gets travel sick on very small planes wheres I imagine I am going to crash horribly! a 12 seater is positively luxurious ( on a particularly turbulent flight in Zambia in a teeny weeny plane the pilot offered another passenger who claimed to have a pilots licence a go--fortunately he declined!)
  25. Thanks Matt! Will look at those places on Google Maps to get an idea of their location.
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