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  1. Fourth day Early in the morning, we found the Super Models where we had left them the previous evening. Then, we went to Shumba to have a look at Liam & Mandla. Big surprise, they were gone for good abandoning the half-eaten carcass. For what reason, we did not find out. On the road to Main Camp, we saw a group of nine roans. Washington said that they were no doubt going to Dwarf Goose to drink. At Dwarf Goose, while waiting for them, here are some birds feeding on platannas. As expected, the roans. Later, we went back to Shumba. This time it was the carcass that had disappeared. The Super Models had taken possession of it and dragged it further into the concession.
  2. End of the third day Elephants at Shumba. One last drink for the road. Because we were close to the lions, the sundowners were not taken at Shumba this time. At night, we saw a serval and a wild cat again and the Super Models.
  3. @ZaminOz Thank you so much!
  4. Continuation of the third day The lions were still where we left them in the morning and Liam was just moving to go closer to its brother.
  5. Continuation of the third day In the afternoon, on the concession, we came across four roans. Interlude. On our way to Shumba, to see Liam and Mandla, we stopped at the camp’s water hole where several tens of elephants were drinking. Black-crowned tchagra.
  6. @Peter Connan @offshorebirder Thanks!!!
  7. @Geoff Geoff, I asked Julian the origin of the name Dwarf Goose. He told me that it's the ancient name of the pygmy goose. They are coming each year, in the green season, when the pan is full of water.
  8. Continuation of the third day We left Dwarf Goose and took the main road towards Masuma. Arrived at Shumba at the level with the ranger's camp, it was with surprise that we found, on the left just below the road, Mandla beside a dead buffalo that it and Liam had killed during the night. But where was Liam? Five minutes later, we spotted it under a bush on the other side of the road. We told the ranger to be careful with the lions around. He was not aware of their presence. These two were also to participate in the concert of roars of the previous night. They were not very far from the five others. Which leads me to say that while they regard the concession and Shumba's surroundings as part of their kingdom, they are not too obsessed with the presence of the other five. After all, there are only three young lions and two females. I think their regular presence in Shumba is intended to keep any potential intruder far enough away from their main asset, the Masuma pride and its large number of females. This tawny eagle was feeding on a guinea fowl. I was taking pictures when it decided to fly away, I continued and it’s only when I looked at the small screen of my camera that I understood why it flew away, the arrival of a second one behind it. Giant eagle owl, also feeding on a guinea fowl. During lunch, we saw giraffes, sables, crowned cranes and elephants, of course.
  9. @Imonmm Thanks! They are magnificent all the more they are not that young anymore, around 7-8 years old.
  10. @Geoff Geoff, I thought it was another name for the Pygmy Goose. After checking, I'm not so sure anymore. The only mention I found is on Amazon. It's a plastic garden gnome with a goose but I can't make the connection with a seasonal pan in Hwange. Next time I'm in Camp Hwange, I will ask Julian the origin of its name.
  11. Yes, @Geoff, it's really Dwarf Goose, probably this name was given to this seasonal pan because someone saw a dwarf goose on it when the name was given.
  12. Continuation of the third day After the lions and not that far, a herd of buffaloes. Senegal coucal. At Dwarf Goose, another herd of buffaloes.
  13. Third day This day was a lions day but perhaps I should say it was first a lions night. Indeed, in the middle of the night, I was suddenly awakened by the loud roar of a lion that must have been close enough to my room. Others, more distant, answered it and so on until dawn. We were of course out again at 5:30. The sun was not up yet that we already saw the two young males, sons of Vusi and one of the two beautiful females that Julian, manager of the camp, called the Super Models. Those two boys are almost three years old. A few months ago, they were still seen with their mother and aunt. Now, they are on their own, especially since a solitary male, quite young also but older than them, appeared in the area last March. But they did not move from the concession and the surroundings of it and their presence does not seem to embarrass the newcomer who may be thinking of them for a future coalition? We left them when one of the two other cars radioed us that the Super Models were not far. Those two independent girls are now together for quite a long time. One is pregnant by the newcomer. The newcomer was in fact not far from the females. It was called Toy Boy by one of the guides. It was seen for the first time, in March, feeding on a dead elephant. It was then extremely shy but gradually became accustomed to vehicles. There will be more lions in the course of the day.
  14. End of the second day In the late afternoon, I was fortunate to witness something I had never seen before, one of the highlights of this trip. Indeed, I saw the mating ritual of the red-crested korhaan. What a show to impress the female. When I arrived, the courtship display flight had been already completed. It was in the second phase, the mating ritual. To do this, the male gives itself a hunchback appearance and while bobbing up and down, slamming its beak and raising its bright red crest, after which it is named, it moves in small leaps around the female while approaching. Throughout the dance, its gaze remains focused on the female. This ritual is repeated as long as the female does not give it the green light for mating. Sundowners were again taken at Shumba.
  15. @LarsS Thanks a lot! The serval you saw, certainly the first of a long series.

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