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Scrutinized by buffalos at the Kruger National Park

On a morning drive at Kruger National Park, seeing a large group of buffalo approaching we stopped our car to watch. They came closer and closer and then they stopped too. We had thought that we were watching them, but it turned out that they were also watching us.

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Abstract photos from Kruger National Park

Light, texture, pattern and other elements attracted my camera lens to capture some abstract images while on our visit to the Kruger National Park.

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Three dwarf antelope: Steenbok, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer

We were fortunate to see three species of dwarf antelopes on our recent trip to Kruger National Park. For an idea of their size, they stand no more than about 60 cm (23.5 in) tall at the shoulder and the average weight of individuals is in the region of 8–13 kg (17.5–28.5 lbs).

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Looking forward

A pair of double-banded sandgrouse join me in a message for 2022.

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Zooming in: Kruger Park pics for Christmas

Few words this week as I share a small selection of photos using the zoom lens for a slightly closer look. All these photos were taken on our recent trip to Kruger National Park.

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Life in the mopane scrub and woodlands at Kruger National Park

Mopani trees with their butterfly-shaped leaves and variable growth habits are beautiful to look at, and being hardy and nutritious too they support an abundance of life in hot, dry and low-lying areas, such as in the northern sections of Kruger National Park.

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Companionable creatures at Kruger Park

And so we are back from our stay in Kruger National Park, which offered us much in the way of rest and reflection. Here is the first in what is likely to be a short series of posts on observations that captured both my camera lens and my attention.

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Home and away: From near to far

We are about to go away on holiday – the first time since before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our destination is Kruger National Park, which we have not visited since as far back as the 1980s.

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A family of yellow mongooses

This week we move further afield and back in time as I recall a summer morning when we spent an hour or so watching a family of yellow mongooses on the Savuti plains in the south west of Botswana’s Chobe National Park.

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