Chewing …

Watching a Giraffe chewing a bone while eleven Red-billed Oxpeckers were hunting for prey!

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WINTER COLORS …

… are very special. Long after the sun had set the sky was still glowing in red tones as this Giraffe passed by my vehicle (I was using the red light on the Green Mamba to illuminate the foreground).

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Silhouettes

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STARING AT LIONS

Most prey animals produce alarm calls when they detect a predator to warn every one else to get out of the way. Not so Giraffes; they just stare at the threat for a while and often even go closer to have a good look.

After they made up their mind (and that can take a while…) they usually walk or run away from the big cats. In this picture four of them were staring at two young male Lions!

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Ruminating …

1 Chew the cud

2 Food Elevator Down

3 Food Elevator Up

4 Chew the cud

= Ruminating, perfectly demonstrated by a Thanda Safari Giraffe lady!

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The last …

This is my last wildlife image for 2021!

I took it this morning on a short game drive in the rain. As in the last few years I am enjoying the turn of the year with my friends at Pakamisa (www.pakamisa.com).

I hope all of you will have a great evening welcoming 2022!

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The Magic Hour!

The time around sunrise is not called magic hour for nothing!

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WITH LOGO!

Sometimes a space in a picture invites the placement of a logo. Last weekend I took this Giraffe picture at Pakamisa in beautifully moody evening light.

A journey of Giraffes passed by the stables after all the horses were put into their boxes for the night. I think the logo fits neatly into the frame 😊.

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Drinks and Dinner

Yesterday evening I had an unusual sighting. Two Cheetah males were drinking at a waterhole and a Giraffe bull was feeding of a tree just above them on the dam wall. They were aware of one another but decided that the distance between them was enough for comfort.

In most encounters of these two species which I have observed previously they would not have deemed this distance enough and one or the other would have moved off.

Have a good week!

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📷 Picture by Christian Sperka