Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
|Early morning warm-up.|
|Family Bonding time.|
|Slow start on a warm day.|
|The grasslands are waiting.|
|Ooooh, its so difficult to get up in the mornings.|
|Gotta clean the doorway!|
|Yummy frog for din-dins!|
|Dung beetle bites the dust.|
|Gee, this is hard work looking for food.|
|Scrumptious scorpion a'la carte.|
|Peeing the Meerkat way.|
|I'm so good looking!|
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Guinea Fowl of the Luangwa are also a much brighter bunch. The blue cheeks appear so much more blue. It would be interesting to know whether this phenomenon is an actual pigment variation or whether the colour appears more brilliant due to a change in light quality.
Another variation to the theme is the Zebra. In Zambia on the banks of the Luangwa River we find the Crawshay’s Zebra whose claim to fame is an absence of shadowing stripes. The clever book reveals that Africa is home to three different species of Zebra and the Plains Zebra which is resident in South Luangwa is of the genus Crawshayi which is one of five variations. Who’d have thought that a pair of pyjamas can come in so many variations?
The Giraffe is another not so common creature. Under normal circumstances one view a Giraffe as a Giraffe but no, there are differences here too. The Giraffe comes in 8 different variations and the genus found in South Luangwa is the Thornicrofts version whose particular feature appears to be a very bumpy head. On our last morning we caught a couple browsing amongst some delicious flowering trees and we were privy to some wonderful tongue displays.
The Baboon appears to be a confusing race. THE BOOK reveals that the Baboon of South Luangwa is a Savanna Baboon in a yellow version. These agile and fleetfooted creatures appear to be a lot smaller than those in the South of the continent and certainly don’t appear half as threatening.
The Puku, an antelope with a darling little heart-shaped
nose and a relaxed attitude is one of the specialities of the region. In the
early morning when the sunlight dances off the blades of grass, a Puku provides
copious amounts of fodder for the enthusiastic photographer.
The Puku, an antelope with a darling little heart-shaped nose and a relaxed attitude is one of the specialities of the region. In the early morning when the sunlight dances off the blades of grass, a Puku provides copious amounts of fodder for the enthusiastic photographer.