Tag : Robin’s Camp

Zebra, at Big Toms, Hwange National Park

ZebraZebra

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

Tree at Big Toms…

Big Toms is a waterhole/pan in the Robins Camp area of Hwange National Park. At this time of the year, the water hole is supplemented by water pumped by a trusty old Lister engine! We sat for most of the morning taking photos and this tree offers a magic back drop for various animals:Big TomsElephant and zebra…Big TomsZebraBig TomsKudu.

Big Toms is named for a hunter called Tom Saddler.

Petrified forest…

Ive always laughed at the term “petrified” in this context! We drove right through the petrified forest on the way to Robins Camp, Hwange National Park. Huge chunks of stone lie about all over, these right next to the road:Petrified Rocks Petrified Rocks

Petrified RocksThey have been used cleverly in the picnic site for tables and chairs.Petrified RocksP1100468

Deteema Picnic siteThis is the water hole at Deteema picnic site very near to the petrified forest, surrounded by huge (living) trees.Deteema picnic siteThis tree doesnt seem to be THAT large…I took one step to my right and took this photo:Deteema picnic siteThe car was hidden behind it!

Thousands of Buffalo…

Huge herds of Buffalo have been seen in Hwange this year and we were lucky enough to photograph them at Masuma dam. Please excuse the washed out – odd shaped pics! It was lunch time on a particularly hot day.Buffalo P1100421

Buffalo at Deteema picnic site

Near Robins Camp, Hwange National ParkBuffalo

Kudu…

Are one of my favourite antelope. We didn’t see any bulls with trophy sized horns, around the Robins Camp area of Hwange National Park,  but as we drove closer to main camp, we saw a few.KuduKudu always seem so wary, hate to be out of the thick mopane brush cover. They sneaked down to the water, keeping a wary look out, turning and running away several times.KuduThose horns! KuduFinally they drank:KuduKudu