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  1. greedy male! but wow you almost saw a hunt but definitely saw the kill and was pretty cool. i'm not sure I would be so cool watching the kill and warthogs make the most awful screams. thanks for sharing and I'm glad your friend had a great safari.
  2. I'm going to be really sentimental and mushy about this - I'm quite depressed I'll not see Lady Liuwa, but somehow I knew I never would after my failed attempts last year at going to Liuwa Plains. some of you may think she was just like other famous lionesses like ma ti dau in Duba Plains. She was anything but. She defied men's definitions of the habits of lions and against all odds she survived without a pride for more than nine years on her own, and managed to make her kills on her own. she cleverly avoided the humans who poisoned all her pride members and sought out the right humans to help end her loneliness. she was against all typecast. a true unique individual and it is stories like this that help the larger world population to empathise with the carnivores and help the lions' cause.
  3. @optig have a fabulous time in Tanz. greystone mahale sounds really awesome. as you know, I'm always envious of your trips thanks to your location in NBO.
  4. wow all really stunning beautiful birds.
  5. Love the giraffes - the tall one and the stylish hairy young one with the tiny masaai prints! and wow! you got there in time for that awesome shot of the kill. the rains were showers of blessings in disguise. i think the rainbow was a good omen.
  6. Hello Photography gurus! I need advice on this. My current Panasonic Lumix DSC FZ200 is showing signs of stress no thanks to impatient me overworking it. I'm thinking I should get another one - a backup in case the lumix dies on me while I'm taking a picture of an aardvark cuddling up to my leg in the Kafue park (i have big dreams). I love my Lumix and it had not failed me, until Guassa when the cold froze it and in South Africa when I oversnapped pictures in one second. So i'm torn between taking another bridge camera and or upgrade to a beginner's DLSR. I won't and never can learn to use how to manually adjust the camera for the ISO, or shutter speeds or apertures. My Lumix was fixed at auto permanently and come night time, I don't even recall how to get the flash to work. I'm that challenged. the book on "how to use the flash, Dummy" is made for me. For a bridge, I'm looking at Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III which I think @amybatt had invested in and loves, and has a larger sensor but same zoom as my current Lumix. but i'm wondering if I should just upgrade to a beginner's DLSR like Canon EOS70D. of course, DLSR will cost a leg and an arm, while the bridge is far cheaper. but it seems silly not to upgrade, and at the same time, I would be leaving the DLSR in auto so it may sound silly to use DLSR in that case.... you see the dilemma i'm in.... please, anyone, help me out?
  7. thank you @Peter Connan ! i hope so too. I practised a bit with the dial on Aperture and there is a neat light meter dial with which I can easily increase or decrease light. but my left hand was left aching from holding the camera too long! i'll definitely need a monopod to hold it steady. here are a couple of pix i took - some not so perfect like the little bird among the leaves came out a bit blurry (it was max zoom and i prob shook the camera while shooting) while another sitting on the fence came out nice as it was in the sun. the one of my dog came out sharp. i'll have to study @Jochen lessons to practise on too
  8. AN update: My Lumix FZ200 is seizing up each time I try to take a series of pictures so it's motor is giving up. A huge hint to get me off my butt and since I had settled on a bridge, I finally decided on the model. I tested the weight of my target bridge camera yesterday and brought it home. @Botswanadreams thanks for the recommendations. I also wanted to thank everyone for their advice, guidance and suggestions. What did I buy finally? the Sony RX10 mark IIII. I did a bit of research before my decision. So I compared Lumix FZ1000, Lumix FZ2500 and Sony RX10 mIII as they all made it to the top 10 bridge cameras for 2017. The 2 lumix models have a reach of up to 480mm, less than my current fz200 (which has up to 600mm). But they have a larger sensor of 1in. Sony has the same reach as my existing lumix fz200 and has a 1in cmos sensor. If i take the lumix FZ1000 or FZ2500, I'll lose the zoom which is important for me. So the advantages of the Sony are - I retain the zoom and get a large sensor But the disadvantages are that the sony model's price is almost double the other 2, and heavier than the other 2 lumix models (double the weight of FZ200). But after weighing pros and cons, I want both the zoom and sensor, and I'm alright with the Sony budget. Now for more lessons and practice on the Sony camera, since the features aren't as accessible as Lumix.
  9. @pomwiki so sorry to hear that. it does sound like the guide was just doing his job to show a bit of this and a bit of that. it's disappointing and frustrating and i Hear you.I would be completely tearing my hair out. who doesn't stop for a brown hyena and try to see find it again. But I also wonder about the camp - whether the guide's attitude and ethos reflect that of the camp's. If it does, i think it'll be more suited to the first-timers or those looking for a quick trip to the bush with no deep interest in wildlife, so just not suited for the more serious safari goers. and quite a fair chance of wasted opportunities to get people more involved and connected to the bush and in a way lure them back! but you and your friend saw cheetahs and lions - that must have been so cool.
  10. WoW! what a sequence of events! it was just incredible seeing that baboon chasing the cheetah, and then to have that catapulted into the poor koribustard meeting its end is just surreal. it's almost like watching part of a movie. i think your lesson is - never underestimate Bibi. she still can spring a surprise or 2! and you caught the wild dogs in OMC! i'll need to go back day.....soon i hope.
  11. brown hyena! what incredible luck... did the guide choose not to stay to watch it?
  12. I had a great time in Hwange courtesy of your TR. thanks for sharing a most enjoyable trip, once again.
  13. i;m just up to post #97 - my apologies to Bibi, but your account was so funny. I bet it was a leopard she saw and it sure would be worth to get half naked for! but I am so envious - a zorilla and a striped hyena!! incredible your wife graces that palatial villa very well .
  14. interesting topic and @Gilgamesh it's an issue that a lot of us face. I've had : a large centipede in our tent in Mwamba, a medium sized spider in Londolozi, a rat in Tswalu, and flying insects inside the tent when I forget to turn the light off for the evening. when I remember, i would shake my shoes out before I wear them and check for snakes or critters behind toilet bowls or tree trunks if it's an open bathroom, and so far they've been clear. But oftentimes, the creatures would move off when they hear movements. I did have a bushbaby trying to unzip my tent at serian which was both surreal and funny! I'm terrified of snakes and 've seen boomslang, python and cobra and black mamba during my safaris, and thank goodness the sightings happened when I was on the vehicle and they were on the ground. I expect all these and more since we are in the bush and these critters will be there. they are part of the bush and wildlife we go to see. doesn't mean that I'm not scared of them, but it's their world I'm going into - they are probably more terrified of us.
  15. those fallow deer in the "garden" is such a pretty pretty romantic idyllic picture! that is what UK's (i can't say England since it is Scotland!!) gardens will always be for me - those the lovely deer with the shimmering coats looking lovely among the wildflowers. when it isn't raining, of course.....
  16. @michael-ibk it sounded like a very serious illness and I'm relieved you are better for it. so like me (and @Atravelynn in India if I recollect correctly and I think @safarichick also suffered from it), you've passed the safari runs exams with flying colours! those pictures of land cleared for farming in Bale mountain park look really dismaying. and the thought of all the villagers pouring into the park is also dreadful. I really wonder how long the park and the survival of the wolves can hold out against the expanding human population. I do hope they will succeed in getting heritage status for the park. ahh those cheeky exchanges between lynn and @pault made me laugh. Ischial callosities is such a polite insulting word to learn if you want to avoid directly calling someone an a**.
  17. Yay you've put up the tinga photos! They give a good flavour of what the place is like. Still love that dining area; it looked so comfy to relax with a book. And they have fans!
  18. To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour William Blake Auguries of Innocence So starts one of the world’s best poems (always for me). It harks of lost days when we used to stop to examine a flower, or chase a grasshopper, or lie on the green carpet of grass, or kick the waves in the sand. When we were kids, unafraid of anything, free of the chains of fear. How does that relate to Zakouma? The newly opened park is exactly that – a paradise for me, and a haven for animals. The poem descends into a whirlpool of depression and repression, but for Zakouma, the opposite is true – it has rebounded from the repression and the loss, the forgotten and the hopelessness. For me, the trip to Zakouma began on a whisper of hope and ended with buckets of optimism, even if tinged with fears for the future.
  19. @COSMIC RHINO i think i must have missed it, but could you remind when in May this year you were in Lewa? that first picture was great - those buffaloes sitting so relaxed while the rhinos were right behind them. was it usual to see them together so close and comfortable with each other? with the zebras behind these two species, and the bird zipping between them, the photo was a great capture.
  20. Those photos of the puffin were right out of a photography book cover! Their colours are so vibrant and such adorable birds.
  21. you got it all - perfect! black footed cat, aardvark and hell - caracal?! all other safaris will pale after this.
  22. oh boy that lil fella was so adorable! i still won't get down to cuddle him. that look from Mom into your camera said it all.
  23. wow a serval in daylight! and a successful hunt! brilliant. now, for the kind of spotted elegant slim cat you had been wishing for....

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