Here are the last pix from a month in southern Africa. These photographs were taken in Pilanesburg National Park, a preserve two to three hours from Johannesburg. Most of these will be
close-ups, with a couple of others included.
An elephant came right up to the safari vehicle.
A pied kingfisher seen at a hide on a dam (the local term for a body of water).
There were some serious lenses aimed at the birds. My 70 - 300 mm lens was enough.
It is always fun watching giraffes going into their drinking-water stance.
Warthogs don't look any better up close than they do at a distance.
A female giraffe feasts on acacia.
Zebra are good at standing still and posing.
Three zebra grazed together on plains that had suffered a fire. Zebra often stay close.
It is thought that the striped patterns blend together and mislead predators into thinking
that they are seeing a single much larger animal.
This isn't a close-up, but I wanted to illustrate how plentiful impalas are in the African bush.
So many predators feast on impalas that they are known as the "McDonalds of Africa."
I arrived back in Florida yesterday. Today will be spent doing laundry, sorting mail and paying bills. With any luck, I will get out to find something for tomorrow's post.
Thanks for your visits while I was away and unable
to visit other blogs.