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The duba files

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Everyday, I'll post here one picture of my safaris there. Amongst some this camp has/had a legendary status. :) I was fortunate to watch some intense interaction between the buffalo and the lions (which isn't so often seen anymore I heard). It's also an excellent place for birding.

 

The Tsaro pride watching the herd of buffalo

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Johan,

 

During which years did you visit Duba Plains?

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Paolo,

 

From 2005 till 2008. And from what I heard/read, the number of kills seen was even higher in previous years. Didn't see the Pantry pride but was fortunate enough to see the Skimmer pride on several occasions.

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Thanks Johan.

 

I was there in 2000. I had the Duba boys visiting my tent, and saw the buffalo herd at its largest, but did not witnessed a kill.

 

I guess that the best Duba years were those between my visit and your ones!

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It was great in 2010, although the herd had diminished in size - and was reduced by one more as we watched.

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A black-smith plover: a bird seen by many but photographed by few

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Great Egret, Duba Plains, February, 2012

 

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Sleeping lions aren't that difficult to photograph.

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But it's knowing how to photograph them in an interesting way... and as in this case the right angle.

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Stork in flight- twilight, Duba Plains

 

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Let me introduce you to another player in Duba's daily drama

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..who sometimes run away to Paradise Island (part of the Duba concession but inaccessible as its surrounded by permanent deep water), which is called paradise as the lion prides rarely venture there. :huh:

 

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One of the most relaxed pied kingfishers ever seen - could touch it with my hand (taken at Duba bridge)

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Carmine Bee Eaters- Duba Plains

 

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This thread is very good indeed. A shame I will probably never get to Duba Plains - and a certainty that I will never get to it as it was. But this is good too.

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Fish traps are excellent spots to photograph your aquatic bird species.

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Wonderful images, Johan.

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Look who's climbing up to visit the trio of Carmine Bee Hunters!!!

 

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So what was the best year for Duba? Great photos everyone :)

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The start of the 21th century (f.e. 2002) must have been top. The three prides (Pantry/Skimmer/Tsaro) were still there and a much larger part of the concession was accessible. I also remember to have seen 4 different lion prides in neigbhouring Kaparota during the drier years and big herds of buffalo too.

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What people hope to see at Duba

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A melanistic lion?

 

Very unlikley but it looks great anyway.

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A herd of Impala bucks near Buffalo Point, DP

 

 

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Ummm...those would be lechwe.

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Ummm...those would be lechwe.

Wot he said...

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