Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson had a trip to Africa six years ago, but I’ve been dilatory in putting up his photos (these were sent this year). There are three sets to go, which I’ll post in the following weeks. Here’s the first, with Joe’s comments indented:

Here is set 2 from Africa 2012, all from Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Chobe has, I believe, the largest surviving population of bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) and we saw hundreds, some quite close to our safari vehicles.

The impala (Aepyceros melampus) is the most common antelope in this part of Africa.  Here are a female and another with a young male (small horns), probably mother and son.  When he approaches maturity, the dominant male will drive him away.

This is a typical elephant sighting. There will be more.

Four giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) check us out.

I believe these are lilac breasted rollers (Coracias caudatus).

I think the waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is one of the most attractive antelopes.

The greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) seemed to be the most common larger antelope in the areas we visited.


  1. Debbie Coplan
    Posted September 4, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Wonderful photos!

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted September 4, 2018 at 11:50 am | Permalink


  2. Hempenstein
    Posted September 4, 2018 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Oops, wrong thread.

  3. Posted September 4, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Great pictures.

    Six years is a long time, but I doubt these species have evolved all that much since then. 🙂

  4. Posted September 4, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Oh my d*g, these are awesome. Thank you for sharing these. My bucket list…

  5. Posted September 4, 2018 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. Hempenstein
    Posted September 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Hard to imagine calmly standing there while an oxpecker messes with my eye.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      They have a contractual agreement written in DNA.

  7. ladyatheist
    Posted September 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Really great photos! You might say of the last photo “His sparrow is on his eye.”

  8. Posted September 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous work, Joe! And the little lilac breasted rollers with those incredible colours…. wow!

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