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  1. MONTEIRO'S HORNBILL. Tockus monteiri The following two images are of the same bird and were taken in Ongava Game Reserve, south west of the Andersson Gate, Etosha N.P. Namibia, in July 2017. Camera settings: Image 1, ISO 100, 400mm ( EF 100-400mm Mk2 ), f/7.1, 1/400. Image 2, same except f/6.3 used.
  2. @CarolAnnDenverCO, really enjoyed your video clip and images of The Elephants of Tarangire N.P. Tanzania. Particularly #391, a wonderful shot. We have visited Tarangire twice, July 2015 and 2016, drawn particularly by the large elephant herds, although as you are aware the park has significantly more to offer. Interestingly some of your images will probably include some elephants we also observed. On both visits combined we recorded 36 different mammal species/subspecies and Tarangire remains one of our favourite parks, very much underrated. Welcome to Safaritalk.
  3. @Savannenfuchs, I read with interest your ideas on lion taxonomy. (#307/308). I am not sure if you have read my posting (#72) on this thread, which was extensively researched including contact with one of the world's leading experts on the current status of lion taxonomy. Current scientific thinking is that there are only two subspecies of lion. You are right to point out that the populations of lions found in small numbers in West & Central Africa are genetically more closely related to those in India, than those lions found in Southern and Eastern Africa. This was proven by the analysis of material taken from numerous specimens taken from several populations and therefore does not merit separate subspecies status for the Indian population. As you are aware the degree of a lion's mane is purely a physical attribute, possibly an adaptation to climate and has no real significance in the taxonomic debate. I therefore personally would prefer at this stage to support the two subspecies model which I think you will find is generally the one adopted by most people working in this field and I look forward to observing some of the northern subspecies (Panthera leo leo) during my visit to Zakouma in early February. Regards.
  4. FINAL IMAGES FROM THE DESERT. As previously mentioned when this started I was only going to make some comments on Desert Rhino Camp, but it became more expansive and rather disjunct. So will try to do better next time. The main mistake we made with this trip was that generally we flew between the different locations, undoubtedly we should have driven. Will put this right in July 2018 when we revisit Namibia in search of two particular species in specific locations, will also spend significantly more time at the various waterholes in Etosha N.P. However the one good thing about flying is that it gave us a very different perspective on some of the most wonderful desert scenery in the world. One thing that did surprise us particularly at Deadvlei was the complete disregard some visitors appear to have for the welfare of this area of outstanding natural beauty, a very special and unique place. Adults were observed dropping litter and worse still numerous children climbing the trees. The following images reflect hopefully the wonderful desert landscape of Namibia.
  5. Very interesting images, the one attached was taken in Tarangire N.P. in July 2015, not as white as your individual from Arusha. The same troop was observed in July 2016, but the leucistic female was not seen.
  6. KALAHARI GEMSBOK, (SOUTHERN ORYX). We had not come across this species before although it is extremely common throughout most of its range. Their current status is classified as being of 'Least Concern', with an estimated population of around 375,000 individuals. They are mainly desert dwelling although we observed them in a variety of different habitats in Namibia. They are without doubt stunningly beautiful and are now one of our favourite bovids. Image locations: 1. Close to Desert Homestead Outpost. Sesriem. 2-3. Namibia Naukluft Park. 4. Sossusvlei. 5-7 Desert Rhino Camp. 8. Okonjima.
  7. DIRTY BOY. Not entirely a baby, but certainly behaved like one, splashing around in a pool of mud, before eventually finding some relatively clean water to drink. 8 month old male lion cub, one of 3. Image taken Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia. July 2017, early morning 07.25. Settings: ISO 800, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/1600.
  8. @kittykat23uk, great images, really capture the appeal of the species, particularly like the variety of different habitats. Will direct the research team to this thread and your images in particular as they show marked differences between those Hyrax images I took further north. Do you have anymore? Wonderful addition to the thread.
  9. THE ROCK HYRAX OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA - 2 When I took this series of images and those above I was rather unsure exactly what I had photographed as they were so very different physically from those found further south. I sent a couple of images to Dr. T Butynski (Director -Lolldaiga hills Research Programmme, Kenya.) and he was of the opinion they were of the sub-species P. c.welwitschii as already indicated above, but thought I should make contact with a team at Zurich University who are currently conducting some research into Hyrax genetics. Dr Hendrik Hoeck from the team also confirmed the images as being of P. c.welwitschii but went on to say that if he had not already seen seen this sub-species in Northern Namibia 'I would have said your images are of the Bush Hyrax, Heterohyrax brucei from The Serengeti'! The research team in Zurich are presently analysing the genetics of the Rock Hyrax from this (northern Namibia) and other areas in order to improve on the known genetics of the species, but feel that a thorough genetic analysis from all over the African Continent is necessary, because there are probably more Hyrax species than are currently recognised. Would really like to see some more Hyrax images on this thread, please post.
  10. THE ROCK HYRAX OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA - 1 The following images were taken in Ongava Game Reserve near Etosha N.P., in July 2017. Interestingly the Rock Hyrax found in this location have a white dorsal patch unlike the nominate form found further south which have a black patch, as seen on several images on this thread. I therefore believe they are of the sub-species Procavia capensis welwitschii, THE KAOKOVELD ROCK HYRAX. (sorry @pault, I know how keen you are on Hyrax taxonomy, couldn't resist).
  11. VERY BRIEF INCURSION INTO ETOSHA N.P. Whilst staying at Ongava the intention was to spend one of our full days in Etosha. This didn't quite work out despite an early start our guide and two other clients clearly had a different view and seemed quite happy to visit just a couple of waterholes and then return to Ongava. A good reason why I prefer a private vehicle if possible or at least to be grouped with travellers who have similar interests to ours, to spend the maximum amount of time viewing or at least trying to locate wildlife. So all we got was a quick stop at Ombika, 40 minutes at Okaukeujo and 40 minutes at Okondeka. Not really what we wanted but at least we got a taste for Etosha and Okondeka proved interesting. The main purpose of this brief addition to the above report is to try and insert some images into my text rather than grouping them all at the end. Resolving this problem, despite trying numerous methods which all failed have plagued my postings ever since I became a member. Black-backed Jackals hunting Cape Turtle Doves at Ombika. The following series of images below were taken at Okaukeujo Waterhole. General image of Okaukeujo indicating the diversity of species commonly seen. Springbok. Plain's Zebra. Blue Wildebeest. Black-faced Impala. After quite a heated discussion our guide reluctantly agreed to take us to the Okondeka Waterhole and it was here we enjoyed our most interesting sighting of note during this rather ill fated visit to Etosha, a mating pair of lions. General vista of Okondeka Waterhole. Whilst scanning the centre area of this fascinating scene with binoculars my attention was drawn to what initially appeared to be two rocks (not visible on the image above) when suddenly they appeared to move. The previous night's copious quantity of lager must have worn off by now surely!, closer inspection revealed a pair of lions, surrounded by game in which they showed no interest at all, obviously they had other things on their minds. The above image was taken from a considerable distance but does record the highlight of our brief introduction to Etosha, we certainly have some unfinished business here and will fully explore the park on our terms during our next visit to Namibia. @JohnR special thanks are due for sending me the information which was very easy to follow and has enabled me to resolve a long standing problem I have had with my postings. The above is really a test run and not about the images, but it appears to have worked well so far. Here goes, fingers crossed, submit!
  12. GOOD NEWS FROM MADAGASCAR. A recent trip report to Madagascar 2017 published on the 'Mammal Watching' forum, rekindled my interest to try and find out how the critically endangered population of The Greater Bamboo Lemur was doing in Ranomafana N.P. I was very surprised that my short article above had not solicited a response, so hence I had feared the worst. So it was with surprise that I learned from the recent trip report that the male and his daughter (see article above) were still alive and doing well as of July 2017. I decided to e-mail the ValBio Research Station in the park and see if any developments had taken place since my 2013 visit, I already knew that prior to my visit a relocation attempt had failed. I was therefore very surprised and pleased to get a reply from Dr. Patricia Wright. ( one of the world's leading primate / lemur experts and Ex.Dir. Centre ValBio Ranomafana N.P.). The current situation appears to be: 1. They have just received a grant to translocate some individuals from outside the park. 2. Lessons have been learned from the original translocation, which failed, mainly due to the incompatibility of the incomers with the resident group. The incomers slipped their collars and were lost. They are possibly still inside the park, but definitely not with the father and daughter that had left such an impression on me in 2013. 3. The funding will allow permits to be applied for from Madagascar National Parks to conduct the translocation before the breeding season starts in April 2018. 5. She stresses that it will not be an easy operation. Matchmaking is not an exact science, selection of specimens will need to be parasite free etc. 'But we will try again'. 6. All activity will abide by IUCN translocation rules. She has promised to keep me up to date with developments. What a woman! The Greater Bamboo Lemur is significantly at risk of extinction and it would be wonderful if a thriving group could be re- established in Ranomafana, where they will have at least a good chance of some degree of long term survival. The few remaining disjunct populations (small numbers) of this species are presently severely threatened by acute habitat loss and the bushmeat trade. I look forward to some good news from Madagascar in the not too distant future about this magnificent species that really is on the edge.
  13. @JohnR , Thank you very much for your informative and detailed answer to my question. Will have a go over the next few days when I make my next submission and report back. Wish you lived next door, regards.
  14. POSTING IMAGES INTO TEXT FROM PHOTOS USING AN IMAC. Could one of the technically minded IT members please explain in very basic language how I can import an image into text. I have tried a variety of methods suggested both on this site and others with no positive results. The capacity to do so would greatly enhance any future contributions I would wish to make. My images are stored in Photos on an iMac using OS Sierra 10.12.6 Any replies would be greatly appreciated, if you could bullet point as @AKR1has done above that would help.
  15. @offshorebirder, Yes he and his wife Anna apparently set up the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project in 2001, know very little about their work. Will need to do some investigation into their goals and how successful their work is proving to be. The book which is well worth having a look at is readily available on Amazon, good second hand copies are available for just a few dollars. The camera trap images are very interesting. It would be great to have a small population doing well in the northernmost part of their natural range after so many years without any sightings at all. It might just be that I spoke to the wrong people during our many visits to the Southwest but I detected a very negative attitude to wildcats generally, particularly amongst ranchers. I contacted Warner Glenn many years ago to see if he could get me in a position to shoot some mountain lion images was rather disappointed he never replied, ( I think his idea of shooting was very different to mine ) still haven't seen one yet despite numerous attempts, but fairly sure one has probably seen me. Fingers crossed for a female jaguar sighting soon and the establishment of a small population in the Southwest.

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