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Best Aardvark photos I have ever seen!

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:D :D

 

(That's not it..... I'll be back, but I just saw a running pangolin shot while scrolling down, so that was my reaction. I have a hunch something is going to be said about a spaghetti western too, when I do get around to posting.).

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. I have a hunch something is going to be said about a spaghetti western too, when I do get around to posting.

 

@@pault

 

Do not worry, tagliatelle (not spaghetti - spaghetti are not fresh pasta) will come....in due course.

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Wow, stunning photos, as well as being really informative. Seems like I'll have to add another place on my wish list. Definitely looking forward to more @@Paolo.

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Safaris and photos to daydream about, @@Paolo ! Stunning places you have been to, stunning photography. Truly inspirational in both categories.

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If Sergio Leone were to return and make an African-based western (an ugali western perhaos) that first shot could be the one that the final credits run over.

 

Nah.... Doesn't work, but I did say I would include it and hate to disappoint..

 

We've been lucky enough to have quite a few trip reports from Tswalu. It seems to be an amazing place and there are some remarkable photos to be had there. Whoever would have thought you'd be able to plan to tak each photos of aardvarks and pangolins!! A pangolin on the run? Napping aardvark? Ridiculous! Anita does it beautifully though and I am sure the guides are essential to getting there. Fantastic when meerkats are reduced to the supporting cast photos. Strangely (well not if you know me well) my favorite is probably the one of the aardvark seemingly sniffing the air for you, with its eyes still closed. It's like you said - a dream moment. Pinch yourself.

 

Really looking forward to the rest.

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Safaris and photos to daydream about, @@Paolo ! Stunning places you have been to, stunning photography. Truly inspirational in both categories.

 

@@Anita is a bit shy but I am sure @@Paolo won't mind if I mention that the photos are (almost all) hers. So happy to see her images gracing these forums again. :D

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@@Soukous

 

I would love to see more of @@Anita photos; could you share a couple of links to where her photos are published?

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@@xelas

 

We are a bit busy at the moment, but hopefully some updates to this thread (with many more photos) will be posted in some days.

 

You can check somemore photos from one of our safaris in 2015 here:http://safaritalk.net/topic/14525-zakouma-april-2015-photo-galleries/

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@ Paolo many, many thanks for this incredible beautiful fotos. Its amazing to see all this beauty. Give my special thanks to Anita. I also saw her pics from Northern Kenya. From the air its a completely different perspective as from the soil what we saw.

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@paolo@anita I love your photos so much that I can't wait to see more!! Please excuse my impatience.

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Apologies for the hiatus, but we are currently travelling (not to Africa). We will have something up next weekend....

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@@Paolo You and @@Anita needn't ever apologize. It's just that all of us have some great respect and admiration for both Anita's and yours trip photos and trip reports.

I'm planning on going to Zakouma next year so I'm especially curious to see your glimpses of your awesome two week safari to Zakouma. Please excuse my impatience

which as you know is due to my great enthusiasm. I've already bought a superb guide to the birds of West Africa. It is published Princeton Field Guides and is written by Nik

Borrow and Ron Demey. I just love browsing through it.

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Wrapping up these "sketches of Tswalu" before moving elsewhere, here is an assorted selection of some of our sightings. In particular, we visited one of the habituated meerkat colonies three times (besides seeing lots of non-habituated meerkats - with babies - around; some of them were not overly shy either).

 

As said, we found Tswalu very interesting as a conservation project (see post #21) and - whilst by no means the "bush experience" we normally seek - we enjoyed our stay there a lot. We appreciated the total flexibility in organizing our activities and dining times (you can practically eat at any time during the day which is fitting with your game viewing outings)

 

The staff was particularly attentive. In April, my parents and some friends had stayed at Tswalu for a few days, and my dad had grown particularly fond of a certain Chenin Blanc they had in their (outstanding) wine cellar. When asked what kind of beverages we would want for our night at the Malori Sleep-out, I suggested a Chenin Blanc, and the sommeiller - without me telling him anything - replied "Perfect. I will give you the same one your father liked".

 

Needless to say, I was stunned.

 

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Outstanding. Meerkat shots. @@Paolo I like your dads pick, had an excellent Vouvray- Domaine des Aubuisières the other day!

 

And @@Anita a book of many of these superlative images is hopefully in your future.

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Interlude in Hermanus - July 2016

Birkenhead House, on the outskirts of Hermanus, proved to be the perfect place for relaxing and energizing before heading back into the bush: tranquillity, great views, excellent service and seriously outstanding cuisine, with the chefs conjuring dishes after dishes that were a pure joy for the taste (and the wines were no slouch either).

For being the middle of July in the Cape, we were extremely lucky with the weather, which enabled us to enjoy some lovely excursions. The highlight was an awesome flight on a small Cessna, watching the first whales of the season congregating, breaching and even what we were told being the first sighting of the year of a pair of whales mating. A visit to the Jackass Penguin colony at Stony Point was also rewarding (and to our surprise we were practically the only visitors that morning).

We will be back to Birkenhead House in September to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and we look forward to experiencing Hermanus in the peak of the whale season.


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Going to the Dogs with Michael & Tico - July 2016



I have said in the first post how the time spent with Michael Lorentz and Dr. Tico McNutt has possibly been the most informative of all my safaris to date (besides being very enjoyable and fun). The conversation about different aspects of conservation - and the role that tourism does (not) play - have been particularly enlightening. On our way out, we even stopped at Botswana Predator Conservation Trust's laboratory in Maun, where we were shown the research on the so called "tomcat compound" and other biological barriers which might help to alleviate conflicts between predators and cattle owners (conflicts that most of the times end with the death of the lion, leopards, cheetah, hyena, or wild dogs concerned).

I mention all the above because it formed the constant backdrop - both intellectually and emotionally - of our game viewing.

In retrospect, I cannot believe we have been so fortunate and privileged: having one of Africa's very finest guides and a world-renowned researcher (author of lots of scientific publications as well as of the acclaimed book "Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog") working so tirelessly and synergically to provide me and Anita with the ultimate experience.

Each and every single moment - whether observing five weeks old wild dog pups frolicking or debating around the campfire or negotiating treacherous sandy tracks with our vehicle - has been awesome and unique.

 

Now, some photos, taken in Tico's study area in Moremi and surrounds.

 

 

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More to follow from Botswana.......

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Amazing fotos. Thanks so much cheering this with us.

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These pictures at golden Light are remarquable, really outstanding!

Hermanus seems really similar to Central Coastal Chile.

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@@Paolo @@Anita - Superb! How old were those delightful pups?

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@@jeremie

 

Very interesting observation on the similarity between Hermanus and the coastline of central Chile. Not that it may necessarily be a factor, but I think that the latitude of Cape Town is very similar to Santiago.

 

@@Caracal

 

The small pups were five weeks old. Another pack had two older, adopted pups roughly eight/nine weeks old. The pups of a third pack with which we also spent time had not yet emerged from the den (according to Tico they were just days away from coming out for the first time). So, whilst the denning season is to an extent predictable, there is still a good deal of variation amongst the various litters, even in the same general area.

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