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  1. NAMIRI PLAINS CAMP. SOUTHERN SERENGETI. TANZANIA. July 2016. 2 of the notorious 6 brothers, arrived for lunch one day, also one slept at the back of our tent one night and roared constantly before being moved on by camp staff at 01.30, a memorable experience.
  3. Hope you don't mind me gate-crashing the party but visited the Farne Islands yesterday. (22/6/2017). Huge numbers of Guillemot, Shag, and Puffins. Significant numbers of Razorbill, Kittiwake and the 3 relatively common species of Gulls. Several Gannets also seen and Oystercatchers. Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns were seen in large numbers. (Arctics as aggressive as ever!). Tend to visit annually and can safely say yesterday for sheer numbers of birds was the best to date. Photography was limited due to inclement conditions, warm but very overcast with some light rain, previous 4 days apparently hot and sunny. Visitor numbers were incredibly high on both Inner Farne and Staple Island, spent 3 hours on each island. High tide for most of the visit so no Grey Seals observed. Last year went early August, too late, very few birds although lots of seals and several dolphins. 2016 visited late May bird numbers good but not as good as yesterday. Any interest generated by this thread for a visit in 2018, please let me know would enjoy meeting up with some members. A few images attached from the visit, straight out of the camera.
  4. RED LECHWE (Kobus l. leche) , BOTSWANA 2014. A common antelope in northern Botswana (Okavango Swamps), a perfectly adapted semi-aquatic species. Images taken in Botswana July 2014. All images taken using EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Mk1, set at 400mm. ISO 200 (A) all 3 images. Image 1: Pom Pom Camp, f/8 1/640. Image 2: Pom Pom Camp, f/6.3 1/800. Image 3: Lebala Camp, f/8 1/640. The image accurately reflects typical Red Lechwe habitat.
  5. @Kitsafari Apologies for taking so long to respond, now this wonderful travelogue has regrettably come to an end. Your narrative has been truly outstanding and supplemented with so many beautiful images. I apologise for interrupting the flow with my deliberations on the African Lion but your images showed a 'slightly different' lion to the the one I have observed numerous times and were the catalyst for some very interesting amateur research. I was saddened by #163 in which you mentioned some feelings of guilt at having stayed at Camp Nomade, you should have no such feelings. Your writings have literally brought Zakouma N.P. and its unique wildlife alive to literally hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts world wide who may or may not decide to visit. However they have through your writings and images virtually been there already, to many that will be sufficient to others like myself I can't get there soon enough. I have read all your text several times and it is forming a vital part of my planning for my visit in February 2018. Interestingly several members have indicated via this thread that they could be on the same safari (6th - 14th February 2018), it would be great to make contact prior to the trip. (I hope there is a bird expert going!). Possibly 5 participants from the U.K. and 3 from Southern Africa?, use of the message facility on this site would be useful. (Just a thought). Thank you again for all your hard work that went in to preparing this highly detailed report no doubt over several months, I and many others look forward to your next trip report.
  6. CATARATAS DEL IGUAZU. SOUTHERN BRAZIL. JULY 2012. I think I must have a waterfall / helicopter fetish, found these old images in a file, thought they were worth sharing. Once again taken fully automatic, aerial images at 18mm. Lens EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, this was a great lens for general/wildlife photography and I was very sorry to see it go when I went full-frame. Image 1. General view of Cataras del Iguazu taken from Brazilian airspace, hotel in the foreground is Hotel das Cataratas. (Excellent, particularly after several days in The Pantanal). Image 2. Falls & Rio Iguazu (Superior). Garganta del Diablo (centre), which I think loosely translates to 'The Devil's Throat'. This is approachable from the Argentinian side which we did, you can just about make out on the image the walkways leading to this impressive feature. 80%+ of the falls are actually located in Argentina. I have included a 2 extra images just to set the ambience, obviously not taken from the air. Image 3. 'The Devil's Throat'. Argentinian side. Image 4. Salto Rivadavia & Salto Tres Mosqueteros. Brazilian side. Although Iguazu is the largest waterfall system in the world and hugely impressive, Victoria Falls for me remains number 1, just love the gorges below the falls, the Zambezi and the bridge, or is it just because it's Africa.
  7. AERIAL IMAGES. BOTSWANA & ZIMBABWE 2014. Images 1-4, taken on a bush flight from Kwara to Linyanti (Lebala) airstrip, leaving the northern delta approaching the Linyanti Swamp, Botswana. Image 5. Mosi-oa-Tunya & Zambezi River, taken during a helicopter flight from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, courtesy of Bonisair Helicopters. Seem to get the best results by letting the camera do all the work, fully automatic! EF 24-105mm, images taken between 24 & 50mm.
  8. @JohnR I want the album to display my images in the order taken. Earliest first. If I ask Matt to remove the whole album and start again. Would you suggest adding the images in reverse order i.e. last one taken first and then working backwards to the first image. Sorry to take up so much of your time I can see you have other considerations.
  9. @JohnR Hi John, Thanks for responding in such detail to my problem. Have tried what you recommend but the outcome is not positive. All it has done is to move one image which someone has commented on to the front of the album the others have remained in reverse order. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. May need to delete all images and start again. Is it possible to delete images from a posted album as all I can see is an ADD IMAGES icon?
  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Should have mentioned Matt was very helpful and spent a great deal of time making suggestions, however the above suggestion could not be activated as my righthand icons do not correspond with his. My righthand icons are: LIST. LARGE PREVIEWS. THUMBNAILS. Sort by icon: select Last reply is possible. Looks like I may need to delete all the images and re-enter in reverse order!
  11. RE-ORDERING IMAGES IN AN ALBUM. I recently posted my first album using the new upgraded system. When it was posted the images appeared in the reverse order to that in which they had been selected. Have corresponded with Matt but as yet we have not been able to re-order the images. I want the images to appear in the order taken otherwise a sequence of images lose their meaning. Any assistance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, he suggested @JohnR maybe able to help. I use an iMac. Thanks.
  12. Forgot to tick the Notify me of replies on the article above. Always pleased to know if members like the images. Need to be careful in the future. Slight difference to old reply method, otherwise great upgrade, my images certainly load much faster. J.W. Forgot to mention we broke down whilst observing the pride, 15 yards from the lions, had to be towed to safer ground to afford a repair!
  13. LION CUB IMAGES. LEBALA CAMP, BOTSWANA. JULY 2014. The following images were taken near Lebala Camp, Linyanti, Botswana in mid July 2014. Within 5 minutes of leaving camp at 06.00 a significant disturbance took place about 400 yards in front of our vehicle, clouds of dust and lions roaring. As we approached it was evident 2 nomadic males had attacked the local pride male. He was battered, bloodied but alive. The new kids on the block however were clearly in charge. We followed one of the 'brothers' for a considerable distance before he retired under a bush, to enjoy the what we thought was the remains of a normal kill. On closer inspection it turned out to be a young lion cub. (Images taken too gruesome to submit, but do record completely natural lion behaviour). Moving on somewhat subdued we located a clan of spotted hyena squabbling over a kill, which turned out to be an aardvark, our only sighting of this species to date! This was certainly turning out to be an interesting morning! Eventually we located the other members of the lion pride, 2 lionesses, 2 juveniles and 2 cubs, our guide informed us one cub was missing. We had earlier clearly witnessed the start of a pride takeover and an act of infanticide. The images attached are of one of the cubs that took a particular interest in a rock before resting on the opposite side of the termite mound. Regrettably it is highly unlikely that this wonderful cub would have survived the continued takeover, optimistic fingers crossed. EF 100-400mm Mk1. 285-400mm. ISO 100/200 (A). f/6.3-9. 1/320-1/500.
  14. IN SEARCH OF A SUPER PRIDE, RUAHA N.P. TANZANIA. JULY 2016. As a wild cat enthusiast (large & small) I have observed a significant number of lions in the wild at a variety of locations in recent years, but as yet have never seen a large pride together. A three night stay at Namiri Plains (southern Serengeti) prior to arriving in Ruaha delivered 25 individual lions, but in small fragmented groups over a wide area and our guide would not commit himself to which pride or prides some of them belonged. Therefore the largest pride I had seen together before visiting Ruaha was one of seven, 1 male, 3 females and 3 young cubs in the Linyanti region of Botswana. Although I wanted to visit Ruaha for many reasons the chance of observing a large pride was a significant draw, this seemed a strong possibility when one considered the parks reputation for large lion prides. Day 1 despite staying out all day and covering most of the area south of The Great Ruaha River didn't produce a single lion sighting. (Plenty of other wonderful experiences however). On day 2 we left camp at 05.00 and at 06.30 at last located some lions, the Bushbuck Pride and observed 13 adults, 4 males and 9 females. All were either young or mature adults.Three of the males appeared to be younger than the females with less well developed manes than I have seen elsewhere. No cubs or juveniles were observed, this I found rather strange with so many adult females about, had there been a recent pride takeover? Two of the males had not been seen by our experienced guide before and he felt they were probably nomadic from a pride across the river the members of which were not normally seen so far south. He also made us aware that additional females did have cubs but during our observation period they were not seen, the total pride size with cubs was apparently 22. The lions were all located within an area of around 1/2 a square mile in lightly wooded savanna but once again in fragmented groups.(see image 8, typical habitat). Three of the males were with females and showing signs of mating activity. Since returning home our guide has emailed me to say several cubs have been born recently into the pride and two of the adult males we saw have not been seen lately. Mission accomplished, not quite!, a good excuse to continue the search to observe an active super pride! Settings: Close ups 400mm, others around 240mm. ISO 100/200 (A). f/5 to f/10. 1/320 to 1/500. All as taken, some slight cropping. Images 1-4 are of the same male and female, images 5-14 are of other individual lions and include the other three males. The attached images which appear in the order taken were captured during the hour we spent in total isolation with this wonderful pride of lions.
  15. ELLIPSEN WATERBUCK. Kobus ellipsiprymnus. Female with juvenile, taken 07.30 near Silale Swamp, Tarangire N.P. Tanzania. July 2016. Very common in the park particularly near wetland areas. Settings 400mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/320. Image as taken.

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