Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have some photographs of Tanzania by reader Joe Dickinson. He sent a previous set featuring lions, zebras, and their interaction (!), but I’ll put this set up first because it arrived just now and it’s easy to post. Joe’s notes are indented.

Here is a set to finish out Tarangire NP, Tanzania.   More to come from Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

Tarangire claims to have the largest remaining population of African elephants (Loxodonta africana), although Chobe, over in Botswana, which we visited four years ago, makes the same claim.  Anyway, here are some shots of the elephants.





And I’ll throw in a couple of my favorites from Chobe.  This one has pulled up  a bunch of grass and is cleaning it by swishing it in water.  Removing grit saves wear and tear on the teeth.


This baby is too young to have learned to drink using its trunk, so it has to get its mouth down to the water.


And now for some antelopes.  First, a male impala (Aepyceros melanpus).


A waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus).


A Bohor reedbuck (Redunca redunca).


And a Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx), the largest African antelope. [JAC: According to Wikipedia, though, the Giant ElandTaurotragus derbianus, with a disjunct African distribution, is the largest antelope.]



  1. Posted November 29, 2016 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, thanks!

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Thank you Joe!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    This is an amazing line-up, and I am looking forward to seeing more.

  4. rickflick
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Nicely photographed. I’m reminded of how rich and diverse is Africa wildlife. I hope it stays that way.

  5. John Conoboy
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Nicely done Joe. Can I ask what you use for a camera and lens over there? I am interested because I leave for Tanzania in a couple of months.

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted November 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      For travel, I like the all-in-one option of a “super zoom”. I’ve been very happy with a Canon SX50 and we also carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 as a backup.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the beautiful shots of African fauna.

    African antelopes are remarkably beautiful.

    • Joe Dickinso
      Posted November 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I particularly like the waterbuck.

  7. ploubere
    Posted November 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm | Permalink


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