Tag : Hwange National Park

Scarce drinking water…

These images were taken at Big Toms, Robins Camp in Hwange National Park. It was very dry and water was drying up all over the park.

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I like the arrangement in the above pic.

Sinamatella camp…

SinamatellaThis view is taken along the road to Bumbusi Camp. (I love that green tree!)SinamatellaSinamatellaI love the blue/black washed out colours in this pic…SinamatellaThis one, above, is taken from the restaurant at Sinamatella Camp looking sort of south eastwards.

Squirrel…

Rodents with tails? Maybe so, but I love to watch them. This one, dropped in for a quick visit while we were drinking our early morning coffee at Sinamatella CampsquirrelsquirrelOops – that big eye, staring at me!

Ive noticed, I can watch animals for ages, but pick up the camera, and they immediately see the “big eye” staring at them. Evolution, I guess!

Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park…

Sinamatella CampCreepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...He stole my apple! Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Ive never seen so many of these creatures in one place before! Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...

Sinamatella Camp (Hwange National Park)

Sinamatella camp, perched all along the edge of an escarpment, overlooks a stream where I sat for hours watching game come and go, far below. This pic (below) was taken shortly after the sun sank below the horizon:Sinamatella Camp

(I watched it come up too, the following morning!)Sinamatella CampThe restaurant:Sinamatella CampSunrise:Sinamatella CampSunset:Sinamatella CampSinamatella Camp

Zebra, at Big Toms, Hwange National Park

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Elephant portrait…

Elephant portrait

Sepia Elephants…

Sepia Elaphants

Black and white, elephants…

Big Toms look-out at Robins Camp, Hwange National Park, allows nature lovers to get very up close and personal with wild animals. The viewing platform, built directly over the pan is accessed by a series of steep steps.

When the first elephant strolled up, I noticed we were hardly above his eye-level! Black and white elephantsWe arrived in the mid-morning and spent much of the day sitting watching the various animals drinking there.

Black and white elephants Black and white elephantsElephants are such good subjects for black and white photography. Black and white elephantsThis family group posed nicely for us:Black and white elephantsBlack and white elephants Black and white elephants

Birdlife, Robins Camp…

The bird-life around Robins Camp was very good although I didn’t manage to photograph most of them. Usually I stalk birds, crawling in the grass, but with lions and buffalo wandering about freely I had to stalk them from the car! BirdlifeWe used to get these (below) when we lived on the Insiza river, another early morning wake up call I miss desperately.Birdlife Robin's CampThis hornbill plain refused to cooperate. He sat on that branch with his back to us for ages! P1100638Another bird we both saw and heard on the Insiza – sounds like a bouncing ball! They seem to be such poor flyers – a coucal doesn’t land, it crash-lands!Birdlife Robin's CampI cant identify this raptor:Birdlife Robin's CampHe had his eye on this crowd of birds. We waited around for ages to see if he would swoop down on them, but he didn’t oblige!Birdlife Robin's Camp I snapped this pic (below) in between photographing ellies! Those brilliant colours sure distract me! Birdlife Robin's CampThis bird was watching the main road in from Sinamatella:Birdlife Robin's CampI think this one, (below) is the same bird, but with a nest.Birdlife Robin's CampI took this pic at crocodile pools in the Robins Camp part of the Hwange National Park. Its amazing how they happily move about with HUGE crocs sunning themselves nearbyBirdlife Robin's CampWe saw a fair number of vultures in the park, which is a good sign. These were eating the carcass of a dead baby hippo. Excuse the photo, I couldnt get close, I was worried a lion maybe lurking in the bushes! Its amazing how camouflage a lion is. We noticed an elephant flapping its ears and walking sort of funny – zoomed in with the lens and oops – a lion, just lying in the grass! Birdlife Robin's CampWe saw a fair number of guinea-fowl at Robin’s, but not as many as at RHA mine. They are not easy to photograph, they dont keep still and are always moving away from me – nothing worse than the butt end of a bird! Birdlife Robin's CampAnd last, one of my favourite birds, the hoopoe.  I have better pics, taken in my garden, where I can stalk them to my hearts content, but I wanted to post the pics I got in Hwange National Park! Birdlife Robin's Camp