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2014 - Week 47
- (Added 23. Nov. 2014 - 11:00)

A chance to see elephant skin close up… For something that looks this tough and rugged, their skin is actually very sensitive. This is why elephants spend a lot of time washing, blowing and also applying mud to their hides – they need to protect themselves against sun and insects.



2014 - Week 46
- (Added 16. Nov. 2014 - 11:00)

This is very nice to see – 2 sub-adult Verraux’s Eagles, presumably having a bit of aerial combat practice close to one of our waterholes. This means we must have a breeding pair close by…

 



2014 - Week 45
- (Added 9. Nov. 2014 - 11:00)

“Now this is how you get all the water out of the waterhole…”



2014 - Week 44
- (Added 2. Nov. 2014 - 11:00)

If you ever wondered why we put our camera traps in steel enclosures bolted to trees, have a look at this sequence, taken from another camera just after sunset (so these shots are in infra-red…).

 

 

Sometimes the trap triggers...

 

Resulting in a close up of a very curious juvenile lion!



2014 - Week 43
- (Added 26. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

Behind you!

This Cape Turtle Dove is about to get the fright of its life. That’s a Verraux’s Eagle right behind it. Luckily Verraux’s Eagles (formerly black eagles) do not generally take small birds, preferring rock hyrax. Let’s hope there’s one of those just out of shot…




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