LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXXIII

I suggest you spend 30 seconds relaxing while watching a Lion sleeping on the savanna.

Enjoy your evening, stay home and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXXII

I suggest you spend 30 seconds relaxing while watching a Lion sleeping on the savanna.

Enjoy your evening, stay home and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXXI

When no change is good news!

In the last few weeks we have seen wildlife behaving very differently around cities. Kangaroos in the streets of towns, bears strolling down main streets and large wild cats prowling trough people’s back yards.

Quite a few people have asked me if the animals’ behavior on Thanda Safari has changed since the national-wide Covid-19 lock down began. Before 24 March our wildlife often encountered multiple game viewing vehicles in one day. Especially Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo were the most viewed species.

From my observation during my daily drives over the last month there has been no change at all. And that is excellent news.

It means that the game drive operations of our guides and trackers have always focused on minimum disturbance of the animals during drive. Even the general game, which are usually ‘flight species’ (Giraffes, Zebras, Warthogs, Impalas, …) show no difference in behavior.

Thanda Safari is an ecosystem where animals come first!

PS: This is a short slide show to enjoy this ecosystem!

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STAY-AT-HOME BIRD WEDNESDAY

The feathers of the Green Wood Hoopoe, as of many other birds, are iridescent. This means that the colors change dependent on the angle of the viewer.

Have a good bird Wednesday, stay home and stay safe!

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXXI

Vincent and I went on a very wet safari this afternoon. After it had rained all night and most of the day we took a short drive. We saw some general game, some Buffalo and a White Rhino.

I used my iPhone and my binoculars to get a close up shot. Considering the rain, the bad light and the distance the shots turned out remarkably well 😊

Have a good evening, stay home and stay safe

PS: We are very happy about the rain – more than 30mm last night!

… as taken through the binoculars
… and cropped to a square picture!

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STAY-AT-HOME TUESDAY

For a bit of a laugh 😊

Stay home and stay safe.

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LOCK DOWN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI XXX

Today I did a little experiment and left my cameras at home. Equipped with two iPhones (Xs Max and 7+), a pair of Swarovski binoculars and an adapter to attach a phone to the binos I went onto evening safari.

And here are some of the pictures which proof that a smart phone safari can be very rewarding. If you want to know more about this you can watch my video on the topic: https://youtu.be/eLeKTRP615g

Getting close 😊
2x magnification lens
Trough Swarovski 8×42 Binoculars
1x magnification lens
3.5x zoom (crop)
2 x magnification lens
Me and my iPhone Xs Max
1x magnification lens
1 x magnification lens

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STAY-AT-HOME MONDAY

The picture for this morning is of a Nile Monitor enjoying the evening sun. They are also called African Small-Grain Lizard or Water Leguaan.

Have a good week, stay home and stay safe!

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STAY-AT-HOME SUNDAY

One more Ellie picture 🙂

Sometimes my Land Rover Defender gets temporarily stuck in a rut.

Sort of the same thing happened to this little Elephant baby. I think it was a bit tired from all the walking and its front legs collapsed as it stepped into the rut when the herd crossed a road.

It was comical to see how the back legs kept going but with no effect. After a few seconds an adult Elephant helped the little one by using its trunk.

As soon as it was back up the baby immediately started running after its mummy. So no harm done!

Enjoy your Sunday! Stay home and stay safe.

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