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2016- Week 51
- (Added 4. Dec. 2016 - 11:00)

The is MY bit of mud…

2016- Week 50
- (Added 27. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

While we cannot tell from the image whether this sub-adult male lion is actually roaring (rather than making a Flehman response to a female scent) it would be odd to hear him make much sound at all. Sub-adult males tend to very quiet and only start loud roaring when they feel they can start to challenge for a territory. This usually happens after they have dispersed. Maybe he is roaring in very quiet ‘test’ mode…

2016- Week 49
- (Added 20. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

I mentioned previously how some of the larger eagles are quite happy to occupy a space at the waterhole regardless of the number of other animals. This African hawk eagle sat in the water for more than 40 minutes while various other species milled around. He or she even allowed gemsbok (known for their intolerance of others at water) to approach within a meter or so. African hawk eagles are especially ‘sticky’, tawny eagles to a lesser extent, while Verraux’s eagles will fly away if any mammal gets within about 5 meters. 

2016- Week 48
- (Added 13. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

Marks for artistic impression? Yes, this is a camera trap shot :-)

2016- Week 47
- (Added 6. Nov. 2016 - 11:00)

We all know about the postures that giraffe have to use to be able to get their heads low enough to be able to drink. However, many other species adopt postures that look quite ungainly and seem poorly suited to making a quick getaway… What is fascinating about this image is that both the kori bustard and the common duiker are kneeling in order to drink, but their knees bend in opposite directions!

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