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#1 johan db

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:38 AM

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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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:00 AM

Johan,

During which years did you visit Duba Plains?

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:08 PM

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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Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:32 PM

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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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:33 PM

It was great in 2010, although the herd had diminished in size - and was reduced by one more as we watched.
One pangolin to rule them all......

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 09:20 AM

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

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:16 PM

Great Egret, Duba Plains, February, 2012

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:22 AM

Sleeping lions aren't that difficult to photograph.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:48 AM

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

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

Stork in flight- twilight, Duba Plains

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:10 AM

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

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

..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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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:41 AM

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

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

Carmine Bee Eaters- Duba Plains

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:18 AM

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.

Waiting again... for the next time again


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:17 AM

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

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:52 AM

Wonderful images, Johan.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:12 AM

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

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 12:18 AM

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

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:34 AM

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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