Namibia, April 2016  -  p 2 of 4

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We aren't exactly roughing it here - there's a nice selection of South African wines with the evening meal. 
    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 neither.

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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 winter. 

But sooner or later, whatever animal is out there will come to drink at a waterhole.  This one, Chudob, was one of the best. 

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zebra-colt.jpg (576393 bytes) 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 mom's attention.

Moments later this one was happily nursing.

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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.

Here in Namibia, though, they're quite common. 

 

 

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White-backed-Vulture.jpg (294647 bytes) 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. Striped-Mongoose.jpg (420921 bytes)

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