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exactly roughing it here - there's a nice selection of South African wines with the
Afterwards comes a night drive. This one takes us to a blind, in
front of which is placed food scraps from the kitchen. It drew a family of
porcupines, including one youngster. This Small-spotted Genet skulked around, trying
to sneak a bite or two. But the porcupines were having none of it.
|4 Apr 2016
As we're packing to leave Okonjima, I pause to photograph
this Blue Waxbill at our waterhole. My biggest regret of the entire trip is that I
didn't spend more time photographing birds at this spot. It attracted two more of
Africa's colorful finches, Violet-eared Waxbill and Green-winged Pytilia. I got
|5 Apr 2016
We're now at Onkoshi Camp, on the east side of the Etosha
Pan. Often the pan is filled with water (and flamingos) this time of year, but from
our chalet it's dry as far as the eye can see.
The surrounding woodland has gemsbok, springbok, a few elephants, and kudu,
the antelope shown here. A denizen of bush and woodland, kudu are best photographeed
when they come to a waterhole to drink.
|The waterholes, in fact, are the main
draw for both animals and those who want to see them in this dry country. The rainy
season has just ended, so there aren't as many as will be seen later in the dry austral
But sooner or later, whatever
animal is out there will come to drink at a waterhole. This one, Chudob, was one of
||Still at the waterhole. What's a
hungry zebra colt to do when it wants to nurse from its mom? First, you have to get
Moments later this one was
|One trick to bird photography is to be
where the bird is. On an earlier trip to South Africa, I looked in vain for this
little bustard, the Southern Black Korhaan.
in Namibia, though, they're quite common.
||There's one main gravel road from east
to west at Etosha. It's pretty good, but some of the side roads to the waterholes
are near impassable.
Along the main road this
morning we found a male lion who'd made a kill last night. At dawn came vultures
like this White-backed Vulture to clean up the mess he'd made.
The lion was too far away for a good photo. We
watched as he and the Spotted Hyenas who'd also shared the kill headed for for the bush to
take a nap..
|Returning from Chudob waterhole, we came across a
family of Striped Mongooses. Charlotte was hoping to see meerkats on this trip, but
these were the only mongoose seen.
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