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  1. @inyathi Yes, well done. Red-wattlebird fledglings.
  2. It's the long school holiday break here, so I'm travelling a fair bit (including today) and often without internet access. If I do not reply to a guess within the next 48 hours some one go ahead and post another image. For now try these guys...
  3. Having never seen any of these birds I'll go with something rarer ~ Booted Warbler. @Dave Williams If you follow the thread you'll be notified whenever anyone adds a post. To do so click on 'Follow' at top right corner of the page
  4. Looks like a reedwarbler to me
  5. I’m going to tempt fate and start a new trip report whilst completing my Mara 2016 report. Preamble ~ My travelling companion Peter emailed me last January “I’ve again booked ten nights at Kaingo & Mwamba. Your welcome to join me especially as I won’t have to pay the single supplement.” And so began planning for this trip. Whilst Peter headed off to the Mara after the 10 nights I decided to stay in the South Luangwa and have a look at the Nsefu sector on the other side of the river and be able to compare two renowned Zambian safari companies. The duration of this safari was 21 days including travel. The itinerary consisted of; 1 night Pioneer Camp (Lusaka) Overnight after 30+ hours travel as we were unable to make the Proflight connection. Shenton Safaris 3 nights Kaingo Camp 5 nights Mwamba Bush Camp 2 nights Kaingo Camp Robin Pope Safaris 5 nights Nsefu Camp I did want to stay longer here but Simon King had booked out the camp for a photographic workshop so I had to find an alternative. As RPS provide a 10% discount for stays of 7 days or more at any of their camps and they do not charge Single Supplement I chose Luangwa River Lodge. 2 nights Luangwa River Lodge. The game viewing was hot and the temperatures even hotter. Approaching sunset on the first evening. Last year the lions were the stars with cameo appearances from the leopards. This year it was the leopards taking centre stage. During the day the birds were suffering in the heat. White-fronted Bee-eater Wire-tailed Swallow Elephant breeding herds enjoyed their daily drink from the river.
  6. @Dawnvip I've stayed at Entim ( Oct' 2016) I thought the food was fine. The guiding was OK but it's what i would expect for the Mara.
  7. @kittykat23uk Cape Gulls? They look like Kelp Gulls to me. Are they a subspecies? EDIT: Yes they are. I just looked them up. Interesting.
  8. That West Coast National park looks lovely. The plant with the bright pink flowers and yellow centres are a species of carpobrotus. Also known as pigface.
  9. Fantastic @marg I suspect they are a secretive creature. If you setup a remote sensor camera trap (fairly inexpensive to buy) you might find he/she visits your home more often than you think. Just out of curiosity ~ Would you have an idea on the population number of bobcats in your area?
  10. If I can get my act together I'll attempt this in 2018. A proviso though, i don't have enough time to do a lot of photography at home and when I do I would rather concentrate on getting good images than just a record shot of another species for the list. So any image you see from me will be; > 75% of full frame and have no manipulation beyond processing for colour, contrast & sharpen for web.
  11. @bluebird What a cute wilddog. I hope you see the real thing on your trip. That's great countdown calendar too. Actually I don't countdown at all. I stay focused on all the things i do at home and the safari comes around soon enough. It's sort of strange I suppose but I think you're wishing your life away hoping the trip will come quicker.
  12. @shinson20c You're getting ripped off.
  13. Wow, you've got around this past year. Some fabulous birds, especially from PNG.
  14. If it's EK713 you'll arrive in Lusaka about 2:30 pm. It depends on the Proflight timetable (that seems to constantly change) whether you can risk trying for a connecting flight to Mfuwe. Last trip I overnighted in Lusaka, in 2016 we made the connecting flight easily and arrived in camp just after dusk.
  15. No problem @Kitsafari ~ Yes, the refurbished chalets are a definite improvement. In fact Derek mentioned to me that he felt a bit embarrassed that he had not done the renovations earlier.
  16. I recall the flights I've done were similar to what @pomkiwi stated above.
  17. Out takes and Take outs This was my third visit to Kaingo & Mwamba. The recently refurbished Kaingo chalets are more than adequate for a comfortable safari home. Kaingo Chalet There's another bed to the left out of picture. Kaingo means leopard in the local dialect and it really lived up to its moniker. During my 10 night stay I witnessed sixteen leopard sightings. Over 30% of my images from my stay are of leopards. Mwamba seems to get better and better. Craig & Lyndie (the current managers) have put their own stamp on the camp and their team do an amazing job preparing this camp from scratch for the start of the season. Mwamba Brunch & afternoon tea site. Mwamba brunch. Pancakes yum. Both the ‘Hippo’ hide and the ‘Last Waterhole’ hide add that extra dimension to the game viewing and also provide something to do during the daily down time between game drives. The guiding team is top notch and fun to be with. They love their job and work really hard at finding things. Whilst these camps are expensive they are well worth considering on any visit to SLNP. Grey Loerie ~ 'Go Away Geoff'
  18. @Ratdcoops At the height of the dry season their is little food for hippos and they have to cover large areas to find sustenance. Many are in a weakened state and it takes a toll on the population. The other thing is a disease outbreak such as anthrax.
  19. Day 11. My last game drive out of Kaingo before transferring to Nsefu camp mid morning. We head out looking for the Mwamba pride to see if they were successful hunting during the night. Not far from camp this considerate elephant moved off the track allowing us to pass. The first lions we saw were part of the Nsefu pride on the far river bank. I would see them again in the same place that afternoon. Further on we found the Mwamba pride. The three male Numbu coalition were with them. A male was dozing on the road about 400 metres from all the other lions. They had not eaten during the night and closely watched any prey species with intense interest. Watching Puku Watching Kudu Though one of the males still had other things on his mind Whenever the lionesses moved the males would follow. The male known as Bald Head. Not the best looking male lion but the girls seem to find him attractive. Although they searched they did not find anything close enough to hunt and finally began to look for a shady spot to settle. We let the lions be. During morning tea we once again watched the crocs that were still feeding off the hippo carcasses. When breeding season arrives many of the crocs will be in prime condition.
  20. Ha, I'm no James Bond and look far better at the rear of a camera.
  21. Our new vehicle companions were a lovely French couple on their 20th Wedding anniversary. They were seasoned safari goers and excellent company. During brunch they had mentioned that they saw a leopard in a tree within 10 minutes of Kaingo on the camp transfer. Patrick decided to investigate. We stopped for this Scops Owl on the way. My what big feet you have... From their brief description Patrick found the tree with little trouble though the leopard was not in it. Instead he was resting on the ground just off the track. I immediately recognised him as the male from the mating episode a few days earlier. He is a magnificent beast and extremely relaxed. We spent 1.5 hours with him and he was not the slightest bit fussed by our presence. watching a warthog When we left for sundowners he had gone back to sleep. Sunset. During the night drive we stopped to view a chameleon and passed the male leopard walking down the road. We also watched a female leopard during a failed hunt. Much of it was lights out (so no images). Chameleon
  22. Before the afternoon drive we were back in the Hippo hide again. Saddle-billed Stork flyby.
  23. Day 10. Our last full day at Kaingo. We are out very early, the Mwamba pride had not eaten for days and we are hoping they will be active in the relatively cooler temperatures. The documentary film crews have the same idea. The lions are snoozing in the thickets and there is a buffalo herd approaching. Now this could be interesting but we all look on in astonishment as the pride members barely lift their heads to watch the herd meander past their position. So we moved on... Carmine Bee-eater The Luangwa is thick with crocodiles. During morning tea large numbers of impala were coming to drink at the river. As we were out of the vehicle they were nervous as they passed. This allowed for a few action images. When they weren’t photobombing what would have been my better impala in flight shots some puku joined in too. On the way back to camp we checked on the lions. They are still in the same location. After brunch I collected some sausage tree flowers, placed them in a suitable location and sat on the ground with my back against the chitenge wall. The camp’s bushbucks found them irresistible. Vervet monkey
  24. @Caracal Yes I've seen caracal, but only once, Selinda 2005. Hunting in the very late afternoon. A very brief sighting, alas no photos.

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