Sunday, November 22, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Banoka Bush Camp

Some animals encountered in game rides from Banoka Bush Camp, in Botswana's Okavango Delta.


Black sable antelopes are pretty rare.  We saw a herd of about twenty.


Red-billed hornbill.



Zebras and wildebeests often feed in the same fields.  They are compatible herbivores
and they cooperate by using their different skills to warn when predators are near.


This is a male giraffe.  His horns are thicker and the ends are worn from fighting.


Two waterbucks, a male on the left, a female on the right.
They have shaggy coats and white butt markings.


A wild dog.  They are endangered and fierce predators who feed in packs.  They are more closely related to wolves than domestic dogs.  Many guests on safaris will never see wild dogs.  We saw packs on three different days.  One group in our camp watched a pack of wild dogs bring down an impala.  For some people, that would be hard to watch, but every animal has to eat.  

15 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Great to see all these wild animals.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Jack your photos are brilliant, have been back and enjoyed them from the beginning. What a wonderful trip you're having.. Of course there is no competition.. baby Willa wins absolutely :)

Kate said...

What a wonderful adventure you are having. You must make a separate book of these photos for Willa. What child wouldn't love to have one with your photos and narrative?!

RedPat said...

More fabulous pics, Jack! I wouldn't want to see the kill taking place.

José Mendonça said...

Jack, you are so lucky! I've never seen Black Sable antelopes in the wild.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love being able to share your fabulous trip and the animal captures are awesome!! They did take my breath away this morning and what a terrific start for my day!! Thank you, as always, Jack, for sharing the fun and the beauty!! Have a great new week!!

Karl Demetz said...

Wonderful images, Jack !

jennyfreckles said...

Apart from the zebra giraffe...? these are again wonderful photos. I am amazed at all the varieties of horns these creatures have. Presumably they all serve the same purpose so one marvels at the differences.

Taken For Granted said...

What fun to get to see all these animals in the wild. Marlin Perkins could not have done better. That wild dog was caught in most civilized moment, but I wouldn't want to put that to a test.

William Kendall said...

Quite a mix of animals... the wild dog looks quite distinctive.

Michelle said...

You are capturing some fantastic moments. Thank you for sharing these. I am enjoying them immensely!

Ed said...

These are great pictures. Looks like all the animals cooperated with you!

Annette Boshoff said...

Great photos, Jack, what an adventure you had. You may want to edit your giraffe pic - he won't like being called a zebra.

Kay said...

Spectacular animal shots! It looks as if you had some amazing sightings. That lilac breasted roller is glorious. And the mammals aren't too shabby either. Great photography. Lucky you!

Tanya Breese said...

these are great again and i really love that wild dog!