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  1. Look forward to more details and seeing more photos - and no teasing us with posting one photo at a time! Safaritalk has the functionality to upload 10 photos at a time!
  2. As the light started to fade we decided to head back to camp............ One of the more interesting kopje formations, with the hills of the Masai Mara in the far distance This Thomson's Gazelle had impressive horns We met this young hyena during our first gamedrive in the Serengeti and Niyam was happy to see it again on our final drive The final glow before darkness falls Our last Serengeti sunset The next installment will cover a brief but wonderful visit to Arusha National Park. P.S. @@twaffle you can tell Alex the Serengeti part of the report is finished
  3. Thank you all for the kind comments about the klipspringer photos but this situation was more luck than anything else - you can't go too wrong if an animal lets you get that close, whilst posing in fantastic light. @@michael-ibk I hope you do get to see them. The way they can elegantly negotiate the steep rock faces is amazing to watch (I wish I had filmed this!) @@PCNW you are right about their fur, it does play tricks on the mind. @@Atravelynn the boys love looking through the photos, not just of this safari but also from past safaris me and my wife have been on from 10-12 years back. Niyam can still name many of the birds almost a year on. My second son is excellent with his African wildlife and far more advanced than Niyam was at the same age - he's just turned 5 but is already studying distribution maps and spoor! The youngest who is 2 years, can already identify most of the mammals but he insists on mimicking the sound of the animals so slideshows can take a bit longer!
  4. We returned to the spot where we sighted the male leopard in the morning, but he was no where to be seen and there were no vehicles in the area. We drove around the kopjes whilst Mdebe scanned the area with his binoculars, until he eventually found the hidden cat. He had found a different kopje to sleep on. But it wasn't long before our stationary vehicle attracted the attention of other vehicles. We spent almost an hour with the leopard but he wasn't doing much and it was at this sighting that I saw @@PCNW who had arrived that day. The number of vehicles were building up and golden hour was almost upon us, so I made the call to move on and find a more cooperative subject. It was one of the best decisions I made! Not far from the leopard, we came across this heavenly scene... The deep grey clouds provided the perfect backdrop to the golden-lit kopjes, with a male klipspringer as the star act. As we moved closer, he started to pose in various different positions and seemed to enjoy the attention. His female colleague wasn't quite so bold. We spent around 30 minutes at this special sighting and I almost felt obliged to pay this klipspringer a fee. A few vehicles stopped to see what we were looking at but always drove on when they realised it wasn't a leopard - we happily directed them to the leopard .
  5. I've only read up to the end of page 8 so far, but what an amazing report and fantastic photos by all! This truly is an account of discovery for many of us, so many thanks to @@Paolo, @@inyathi, @@Michael Lorentz and Rinaldo for your efforts. I would love to see a Natural History unit (ideally, the BBC) commission the filming of Zakouma as the seasons change. Maybe one last hurrah for David Attenborough? I look forward to reading the rest of this amazing adventure!
  6. @@Marks thank you for the kind words. Taking Niyam was an amazing learning experience for me and has given me the confidence to pull-off my next safari in 2016 when I plan to take all three of my boys (and their mum ). Niyam will be 9 years old then and his younger brothers will be aged 7 and 4. The original plan was South Africa but I'm now leaning towards a 3-week mobile safari in Botswana - I think it will be an amazing experience for the kids.
  7. Here are some more photos of the new visitor to my garden and confirmation that it is a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. My main feeding station is a large tree branch planted in the ground. The birds seem to love it as it provides lots of natural perches, it's easy to hang feeders off it and the young woodpecker seems to find some security in it. This woodpecker now favours the suet pellets (with added insects) and one photo shows it defending the feeder against a juvenile starling. All of these photos were taken in my back garden through a closed kitchen window, but I'm slowly mastering the art of shooting through double glazing. The morning light (coming from the front of the house) and losing the lens hood definitely helped! The camera setup was a 300mm f2.8L II with a 2 x teleconverter on a 5D Mark iii.
  8. After lunch we took some photos in camp, before heading off on our final Serengeti game drive. Within minutes of leaving camp, we had a wonderful close (and relaxed) encounter with a breeding herd of elephants. This particular herd had made a habit of visiting close to the camp during the previous four lunchtimes. I always saw them just beyond the tree-line from tent 5. All of these elephant photos were taken with a full-frame at 200mm, so it should give you some idea of how close the elephants were. Alex teaching Niyam a bit of archery Niyam with Alex and Robyn Niyam the Lion and Alex the Crocodile onNiyam with Mdebe and Lonyoki, just before departing for our final game drive
  9. Thanks @@pault and @@Zim Girl. pault, let's call it a very long mid-season break! I have also made a deal with @@twaffle that I will finish this before she heads to Serian's Serengeti North Camp. I have now reached our final day in Northern Serengeti - the last day covers a bit of Arusha National Park.
  10. I've only read the Zimbabwe section so far but WOW! Your wonderful photos bring this amazing experience to life - I look forward to reading the rest.
  11. We drove along the Serengeti-Mara border before heading back towards the camp for lunch................. Black-headed Heron Thomson's Gazelle Crowned Lapwing Lilac-breasted Roller Agama Lizard Another sleepy male leopard. It was only a few kilometres away from our leopard sighting the previous day, so it could have been the same leopard. Klipspringer We spent about 30 minutes with giraffe "creche" where one adult was looking after four babies. Although i did take some photos, the light was very harsh so I spent more time enjoying the sighting.
  12. We stopped for breakfast at the Sand River allowing Niyam to view the files of migrating animals as he enjoyed his Coco Pops. The Sand River is a physical boundary separating the Serengeti and Masai Mara and it's also one of the easiest crossing points. Even Niyam could cross here and it seemed some of the wildebeests had cottoned on. The Sand River area is also a great place to get close to relaxed basking vultures. Niyam having breakfast at the edge of the plains, watching the migrating animals file past. Our original spot for breakfast had to be abandoned as Lonyoki saw some retreating lions heading into the Sand River. Niyam still enjoying himself. Despite being away for 4 weeks, he wanted to stay longer. Life would be so much easier if all wildebeests knew about this crossing point! The bank on the left-hand side is the Serengeti and the right-hand side is the Masai Mara. It's a good area if you want to get close to relaxed vultures
  13. It was our ninth and final day in Northern Serengeti. The plan for the morning was to head to the Bologonja area, close to the border with Masai Mara. Many parts of this area are not flat and the rolling hills and termite mounds have a charm. Wildebeests were gathering in large numbers close to crossing point 6, but we decided to drive on. Dancing Grey-backed Fiscals It is always very challenging to photograph Helmeted Guineafowls, so any opportunity should not be passed up This guy had some impressive tusks - set in a typical Bologonja backdrop I found warthog photography very difficult in Northern Serengeti. It was quite rare to get close to them. Thomson's Gazelles in the Bologonja landscape Black-backed Jackal
  14. Thank you @@graceland I'm almost there - 2 more days to cover!
  15. Baby giraffe in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania (August 2013)

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