Monday, January 27, 2020

A few more photos from our last years trip to South Africa.

Maximum temperature in the Charente today 10C, minimum 6C. Rain measured this morning 6mm and still raining. 40mm of rain so far this month.  24km/h South-Westerly wind up to 59 km/h.

African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) with a calf.

A large herd of buffalo heading towards a river.

Greater kudu, male (Tragelaphus strepsiceros).

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) lying in wait!!

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) digging for water in a dry river bed.  They have had some rain since we left but the situation was serious while we were there.

Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus).  Just watching the world go by in relaxation mode...

and taking a walk.

South African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa).

Sable antelope (Hippotragus niger).

Steenbok antelope (Raphicerus campestris) female, the male has horns.

Three generations of elephants playing in a small waterhole.

African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) or Painted dogs.

Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga burchellii).

The African common toad or guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis). Wow, are they noisy, they were just outside our bedroom window!!



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32 comments:

  1. Diane always yours pictures are beautiful and interesting, I love these elephants, zebras and this kudu !!
    xo
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    1. Thank you Gloria I am delighted hat you are enjoying these posts Hope all is well with you, Diane

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  2. Such a collection of creatures! Just incredible!

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    1. Thanks Marie, I guess not animals that will see on your walks at home 😊 Keep warm, Diane

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    1. Thanks Kenneth for your comment, much appreciated. Keep well Diane

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  4. You never cease to wow me with your marvellous images of African wildlife, Diane. Sadly, I am not likely to see any of these in the wild, as I think I've probably hung up my flying boots now. Was impressed by all your images, and amused by the last one!

    Hoping your health continues to improve. Take good care. With my best wishes to you and Nigel - - - Richard

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    1. We keep thinking we will not be travelling far now, but never say never. We are planning on a driving holiday this year but hopefully I will get to see some birds if not Elephants. Generally when driving though it is towns and buildings that we investigate with lots of history involved.

      I am feeling very much better but the cough is still irritating!!

      Take care and hope you both have a good week. Diane

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  5. It is good to see the toads enjoying life in their own special way! And it goes without saying that the other wildlife shots are spectacular - a microcosm of Africa really. Now that you are safely back in France, Diane, I will look forward to images of great meals and whole platters of cheese!

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    1. We do not go out a lot in winter so it will probably be some time before you see platters of cheese!!! Very few photos locally at present though I try to keep up my one a day photo on Blip. It is a challenge, and I rarely miss a day even if I have to cheat a little on the rare occasion and use a scanned photo from way back as a memory.

      Hope your week is a good one. Diane

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  6. You got some amazing shots. I couldn't believe watching elephants successfully dig for water.

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    1. Those elephants were doing well, not so sure about the youngster though. Hope all is well with you. Keep well, Diane

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  7. Thank you for your photos, I love the animals of Africa and am a long time member of African Wildlife Foundation, it is easy to join for just a little money and it does great work.

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    1. Thanks Terra and I agree, the Wildlife needs every bit of help it can get. Have a good day Diane

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  8. Great photos of the beautiful animals living in the wild.

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    1. The only place to see then really Nancy though man is making it very difficult for them to survive in the wild with poaching. Very sad. Keep well Diane

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  9. Hi Diane - those frogs are noisy 'chaps' aren't they. Wonderful shots - love them ... all so African - gorgeous - cheers Hilary

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    1. LOL unbelievably noisy. I am glad that you are having a few African memories brought back. Keep well, Cheers Diane

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  10. What a variety of wild animals. It would be great to go there and see them, lucky you! Zebras have always fascinated me with their stripes and I imagine no 2 are identical. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes Pam you are right no two are the same, easy for keeping track of certain ones. The wild dogs are the same but there markings are even easier to identify. Hope all is well Diane

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  11. Amazing photos as always Diane, so beautifully crisp and clear. Made me smile, you had frisky toads outside your window, I woke up this morning to a pair of crows having an argument in the birdbath outside my bedroom window 😊 Gosh it's pretty chilly in Charente 😱

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    1. Noisy creatures outside the bedroom window can be a bit annoying, the frogs were at it all night!! Not so chilly as usual, we have had a remarkably mild winter so far! Take are Diane

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  12. Fascinating creatures, all incredible to see in their natural habitat. Thank you for sharing them Diane. That baboon looks so human in that pose.

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    1. The baboons are very human but beware they have large teeth like sharp knives. Take care Diane

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  13. I am totally loving all these pics!! Wow, I would be in aw to be able to see something like that out in the wild.

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    1. Just the best time ever being in the bush in Africa. Keep well Diane

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  14. Hope you have a great zoom because some of those close-ups are a little too close for comfort ;-)

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    1. LOL a Sigma 10-20mm, it copes with large animals well. Sometimes difficult with small birds too far away. Cheers Diane

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  15. Fantastic photos of the wildlife. Canada has some wonderful wildlife too but I think my favourite ones are the African animals. There is just such beautiful variety.

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    1. There are many animals I would love to see in different parts of the world but I think Africa probably has the widest choice. Take care Diane.

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