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Oct 02, 2015 09:57 |  #106

The morning following our trip over to Victoria Falls, we were back on the land vehicle, 'the Mog'. I have mentioned Shuur a number of times, but I' haven't mentioned out guide when on land. He's the head guide for the safari group and he's a dear and trusted friend by the name of Killer Raphatlaletse. Yep, Killer – that his real name and not a nickname. I've been told that his Mom named him that because it was a really difficult birth. I don't know, but he's a local coming from a village about 50 km west of Chobe. He has been guiding in The Chobe for nearly 20 years and knows every little nook and cranny of this wonderful park. He is held in very high regard among the other guides. That relationship would pay off today.

Killer’s enthusiasm and local knowledge mean that he is always in the right place at the right time with the Unimog ... well that was our plan. When I met up with Killer before picking up clients, he told me that the lions we've been hearing from made a kill yesterday, a young elephant. He just heard from one of his park ranger contacts that the lions were on the kill before sunrise. Time to move! I rounded up the guest as quickly as possible and we headed out. As is ALWAYS THE CASE. when you are in a hurry in the bush you see everything you want to see but don't have time to stop for. We zoomed past sable, kudu, warthogs, baboons, etc. Getting to the carcass. We knew that as soon as the sun was high, the lions would lie down and let the meat digest and shooting flat cats is no fun.

RUSH RUSH RUSH ... and in the end. blah ... flat cats. To make matters worse, the dead elephant was right beside the trail, but the cats were a distance away and not that easy to see. Up close.


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Oct 02, 2015 10:03 |  #107

I looked over at Killer, who looked at me and I could see he was very disappointed. He'd let down the guests. I felt bad for everyone. It just wasn't meant to be. From no where, many other vehicles with guest began to arrive and now we are in a car park with a boring view of sleeping cats.

.... and then, a park ranger came by, spoke in Setswana (the language of Botswana) to Killer and drove on. Killer was smiling, looked at me and said 'Let's go'! Off we went before I could even find out what the sighting was. Killer turned and said "Big male and mating". That's enough. No other vehicles moved from the main sighting. It was just us! Less than a kilometer away we came upon the big male and female in estrous right near the road. FANTASTIC.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:33 |  #108

The two would mate, walk about 50 meters, sit for a few minutes, then mate again. We were in heaven.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:35 |  #109

We were the only vehicle at the sighting and stayed quite a while.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:37 |  #110

What was nice is that both animals were active and continued to walk to varied positions.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:39 |  #111

After about an hour of shooting, we decided to allow the couple some privacy and moved on with a great morning under our belt.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:42 |  #112

We were only a few hundred meters from this sighting when we came upon a herd of buffalo. I was immediately thinking that the lions have full bellies but a pride of 10 are going to not pass up going for beef.

When shooing a buffalo herd, I've found that the 'group shots' seldom work so I look for individual animals doing something interesting. I found that in a couple of young bulls jousting.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:43 |  #113

I also shot an ox pecker on the back of one cow.

Not your normal cape buffalo shots, but still challenging to shoot.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:45 |  #114

Moving on, we stopped at a Marshall eagle (not pictured) and also a few lilac breasted rollers. The second shot is a miss I really wish I had gotten in focus. The limbs took the focus lock, but I'm sharing to show the wing structure which is quite pretty.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:46 |  #115

We also saw carmine bee eaters on this day. They start arriving in September and stay through May to this area. I love this bird but wished it would have perched on something better than an old piece of elephant dung.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:47 |  #116

I'll end here, but must say we saw a lot of kudu, sable, and impala as well as huge herds (known as towers) of over a dozen giraffe.


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Oct 02, 2015 12:49 |  #117

So that is the end of the morning. btw, Impala are called "McDonalds" because a) they are a basic food of predators and b) the arches on their rumps.

This afternoon will be back on the water. Maybe the lions will come to waters edge to drink!


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Oct 02, 2015 12:56 |  #118

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Awesome! Were there no other signs of a pride around?


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Oct 02, 2015 13:30 |  #119

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Awesome! Were there no other signs of a pride around?

This pair is part of the large pride we saw resting under the tree. Most folks think that all prides have only one dominate male. With this pride, that is the case; however, I've seen coalitions of as many as 4 adult males running prides. I actually photographed this large pride over a year ago in this same area with a giraffe kill.

Also, I didn't include this in the story, but on the rush to get out to this sighting, we also came across other lions tracks. It looked like a smaller group or 3 or 4 animals. Killer tracked them for a brief time, but we didn't locate and we knew this big pride was on a kill and wanted to hurry to the site.


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Oct 02, 2015 19:47 |  #120

Thank you for taking us to the Safari with you. Excellent photos and educational and interesting narration!


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