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  1. And this one is a Splendrous Hornet (actually two, mating and eating at the same time?) I love the name, how poetic :-)
  2. This is a species of hummingbird moth from Ghana - @@godfried and I call it "the flying lobster"
  3. @@Guidoriccio11 - what an interesting trip report! I'm enjoying both the photos and descriptions of the animals you saw, and also the commentary on Madagascar and its people and places. The decaying colonial structures - I'm guessing this is common across Africa, certainly here in Ghana it is the same. The people just don't have the money to keep these wooden buildings in good condition. They must have been rather lovely in their time, all negative elements of colonialism aside. Your photos of the lemurs and chameleons are great! How interesting that the one species can't be kept in captivity. Also enjoying the flora shots. Thanks for your post!
  4. Beautiful portraits of the leopard! She must be quite used to safari-humans?
  5. I looked up Argemone mexicana and I thought this was interesting - it's used medicinally in Mali to treat malaria! I guess it must grow in dry locations. I haven't seen it here in Ghana. However, we have lots of opuntia cacti growing on the beach beside the Keta Lagoon (so slightly salty sandy soil) - apparently brought in by the Portuguese hundreds of years ago, and now used by people to form a living security wall around their property. Enjoying your trip report, @@Tom K.!
  6. @@Tom K. - your photos are great! It's hard to pick out any one I like more than the other, but I have to say those leopards are magnificent
  7. The photo of the hornbills on the termitary (never knew that's what a termite mound was properly called!) - very cool! of course all the rest of the photos are also great
  8. I still can't fathom how @@godfried got this picture with the lens he was using... I can barely make out the blue over the eye but it is much less pronounced than in others of this species from different locations in Africa.
  9. Hi @@Tom K. - I haven't been there yet - @@godfried was there with clients recently. I'll post a picture or two of the village - it looks amazing!
  10. Photo credit to @@godfried Location: Lake Tadane, Western Region, Ghana - 90 km west of Takoradi (close to the border with Cote d'Ivoire) - at Nzulezo Village "the village on stilts" Camera: Nikon 3200 with 18-55mm lens I don't see the blue patch above the eye that seems a prominent feature of this species of bee eater - otherwise it seems to fit the profile of the Little Bee Eater. If anyone has another suggestion for what this bird may be, let us know! @@godfried said the birds were skimming the top of the lake catching their meal.
  11. Little Bee Eater (Merops pusillus) - (best guess referring to the ST birds of Africa index) - Photo credit to @@godfried These were sighted on Lake Tadane, in Ghana's Western Region, close to the coast near the border with Cote d'Ivoire. The location on the lake is also the site of "the village on stilts" - Nzulezo Village - a village built in the lake, entirely on stilts.
  12. This article gives me renewed interest in visiting Ghana's Hippo sanctuary. There's a national park in the western part of the country which "was" reported to have a population of hippos, but I read something on the internet that said the government built a dam on the river which ruined their habitat, and now there are many fewer. In a kinder world, we humans will consider the lives of animals and plants as fellow inhabitants of our planet before engaging in activities that harm them...
  13. Wow - all these photos are amazing. Thanks everyone for posting!
  14. @@Peter Connan - Those are stunning photos!
  15. @@Tom K. - the noise must be deafening!! South Africa, that's right! Enjoy Sabi Sands and the refreshing pool. I read about that and immediately wanted one

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