Posts Tagged With: elephant

Big Five

We had seen four of the big five in Balule Nature Reserve and then spotted a white rhino late in the day at Kruger National Park. The big five animals are lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, rhino. The term comes from when big game hunters came to Africa to hunt. Now tourists come just to shoot them on their cameras in the wild. People become obsessed about seeing them, even considering their trip unsuccessful if they don’t spot them.

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I want to see everything, not just the big 5, including birds; I have to admit I am a closeted bird watcher and can’t believe how many new birds I have seen; I have positively identified well over a hundred. Helen calls me a ‘twitcher’, a derogatory British term for bird watcher! I don’t care, I love birds.

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Yellow bill hornbill on termite hill

 

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Marshall Eagle takes flight

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Hello gorgeous. Lappet-faced Vulture

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Elephant-Palooza

In our week in the bush, we have literally seen hundreds of elephants. Elephants everywhere, in the water, on the road, fighting, with babies, knocking over trees with ease.

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We’ve seen so many, now we only stop for something like baby elephants chasing warthogs!

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Bluff charge

Out on a game drive today and we passed close by a large bull elephant. ┬áHe turned and faced us, flapped his ears out and started to run directly at us! Thankfully, he stopped about twenty yards away. Helen took a few pictures, understandably one’s a little blurry; her hands were shaking uncontrollably.

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