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  1. @mopsy Wonderful trip report. Ruaha and Selous are now on my wish list. @Imonmm Hyena pups can be even smaller. This one is less than 15 minutes old.
  2. @madaboutcheetah Maybe I should try to be one of the first guests as I was at Little Kwara
  3. @madaboutcheetah This is not the first time a new camp has been announced in the concession However this one looks more probable, if they are announcing an opening in July 2018.
  4. 10 minutes old Hyena. near Letaba, Kruger National Park 2002 Hyenas at Stanleys camp 2002 Some people say that a dead Hyena is a good Hyena. I do not agree. Kwando Lagoon 2004 Kwando Lebala 2005 Kwando Lebala 2007 Ndutu 2016
  5. @FirstTimeAfrica I did the Northern circuit 2 years ago at Christmas/New Year which is considered a very busy time. Traffic was as follows: At Tarangire we had most sightings to ourselves. The busiest sighting had 3 other vehicles (they were travelling as a group) At Ndutu (our favorite place for the trip) we had most sightings to ourselves. On the plains there were about 15 vehicles but good space and lots of animals, so it was easy to get away from the crowds. In Central Serengeti we tried to stay away from the crowds and only saw 2 vehicles during a full day drive. We did however also spend a few hours in the central Seronera area and this was crowded with up to 25 vehicles per sighting. At Ngorongoro we had most sightings to ourselves. Only one sighting of Lions attracted app 30 vehicles. However this was at a crossroad so lots of "parking space". No fighting for position.
  6. @Soukous In #81 (Redbilled Oxpecker) you are complaining about the quality of the picture. Check #142 Yellowbilled Oxpecker. One of the 4 birds is actually a Redbilled Oxpecker and a much better picture than in #81 PS I have never before seen both species together.
  7. I was quite lucky with the food at Stanleys. We had a relief management and her expertise was in training kitchen staff in various camps Just before that I had spent time with her at Chiefs Camp where she had been doing training. I had a very close Elephant encounter at Stanleys as we were to leave camp. We were wating for some other guests at the airstrip so the plane had been on the ground for some time. For the same reason they had not noticed some Elephants approaching. During take off we had the Elephants crossing the runway just in front of us! Another reason for me to remember Stanleys after so many years was that the community tracker assigned to us was sick most of the time so I got to use the spotlight on the night drives.
  8. @anocn4 I stayed at Stanleys in 2002 so my experience is not quite up to date. I know that you have concerns about game drive timings. Plese bear in mind that in this respect Eastern and Southern Africa tends to be different. In Botswana you will typically do a gamedrive in the morning from just after sunrise and lasting until breakfast at around 10am. You will leave again late afternoon and if a night drive is allowed (as it is at Stanleys), you will stay out for 1-2 hours after dark. The night drive is a continuation of the afternoon drive and is not a seperate activity after dinner. If you want to stay out all day this is possible at some of the camps but it will typically require that you hire a private vehicle at an extra cost. During my stay the gameviewing at Stanleys was pretty good.
  9. @Geoff Great report and stunning Photos. Please check the Oxpecker in post nr 1. I believe that you have mis indentified it. I believe that it is a Yellowbilled Oxpecker
  10. @modleski I have seen articles where the hierachy of African predators was shown as follows Lion, Hyena, Wild Dog, Leopard, Cheetah. In the scene above more Hyenas arrived and the dogs left, but there was basically nothing left to fight about. In the evening the Dogs took down another Impala. The Hyenas took over the kill two minutes later as in this case the numbers were in favour of the Hyenas. The Dogs left the kill without a fight.
  11. Thank you for a great report. Very nice video of the dogs. I believe that if the Dog to Hyena ratio is 4:1 the dogs will win and vice versa. Below a few pictures from Kwando Lebala 2005 with Dogs and Hyenas fighting over a Wild Dog kill. The Dogs had already eaten most of the Impala by the time the Hyenas arrived. Hy PS The fourth picture appears in the July 2017 sightings report from Kwando
  12. Hi I can confirm that hunting is offered according to the Danish website. I am Danish so google translate is not needed They even make it easier by offering international visitors the possibility to rent weapons so they dont have to deal with carrying guns across borders.They also have a shooting range that is also being used by other people in the region. I am not against hunting per say (for non endangered species that can be used for food), but I am not sure that I would appreciate the noise that comes with hunting and a shooting range nearby.
  13. At Kwara one of the cleaning ladies forgot to zip the tent. On returning to camp after a game drive I saw Baboons running into the tent from one end and out the other. Probably 30 Baboons in total. Only damage was some poop on the bed and some glasses and jars thrown on the floor. In Namibia I had a Genet inside the room scurrying around for a while. In Malaysia I have had a Gecko fall into one of the dishes on the dinner table PS today at 6 PM we had a Bat flying around in the living room. It happens occasionnaly but typically not that early in the day. It does not get dark until 9 PM.
  14. European Beeeater, Hungary May 2017
  15. Hi guys I am not quite happy with the wing shape for a Marsh Harrier. I would expect longer and narrower wings as well as some darker wing tips. However I am at a loss to suggest a different species.

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