Readers’ wildlife photos

Well, it’s time to importune you to send me some good wildlife photos. The drill is that I’d like no more than ten photos, please identify all organisms with the Latin binomial scientific name if you can, and send good photos!  Thanks.

Reader Rachel Wilmoth sent some photos from Africa; her captions are indented. Readers are invited to fill in the eagle and the giraffe subspecies (I do not recognize the existence of more than one species of giraffe!).

Here are some wildlife photos from a trip my boyfriend and I took to Kruger National Park in October. First up are some elephant (Loxodanta africana) photos, including an extreme closeup and a calf with its mother.

Next are some shots of a lioness (Panthera leo) eating a freshly-killed pregnant Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros). This was a once-in-a-lifetime sight and we were very lucky to capture it.
A cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).
And a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) (up close you can see that they’re built like a tank).
A female leopard (Panthera pardus).
Giraffes (Giraffa). (Sorry, I don’t know the species. Maybe another reader does?)
A species of eagle, although again, I’m unsure of the species.
And finally, a group of spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) cubs.
Also, if you and/or your readers are interested, more photos of the trip can be found here. The URL also includes snorkeling and diving photos of the coast of Mozambique.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    These are beautiful!

    And I finally get what “good photos “ means- it means the picture itself has to technically be clearly visible, the colors can’t be smeared, etc.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted December 23, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink


  2. Benjamin Taylor
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos.

    The eagle is a Bateleur:

    • charitablemafioso
      Posted December 23, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Thank you for identifying. I’m okay with my mammals but not so much with birds.

      • Diane G
        Posted December 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of which (birds), you’ve got a nice Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) on that rhino. 🙂

        Great shots!

      • Posted December 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

        Google is great for that. I searched for an African eagle with red feet and beak and found it.

        Love the photos!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    It would be Giraffa camelopardalis, but we gotta work on the subspecies.

    Amazing pictures!

    • Christopher
      Posted December 23, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Well, if we were to recognize subspecies, then I assume it would be Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa, the South African Giraffe. 🦒

      • Steve Gerrard
        Posted December 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

        Yup. According to Wikipedia, the range of the South African giraffe and the area of Kruger National Park overlap quite nicely.

  4. Merilee
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Great shots, Rachel!

    • charitablemafioso
      Posted December 23, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you!

  5. rickflick
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    All great shots. My picture of the day would be the lion.

    • charitablemafioso
      Posted December 23, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      The lion kill (along with the impromptu kudu anatomy lesson) was the highlight of the trip. Seeing that lioness tear apart the carcass really drove home just how powerful those cats are. The nature documentaries simply can’t convey the power behind those jaws, teeth, and claws.

      • rickflick
        Posted December 23, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

        One reason documentaries don’t do the power justice is – they’re aware there are kiddies and other sensitive eyes watching.

  6. Debbie Coplan
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this post. The other photos of the trip are amazing also. Thanks!

  7. Joe Dickinson
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m very envious of the rhino. The best we’ve done in two trips were a sad individual in a pen (for it’s own protection) and with horn removed and a distant blob that our guides insisted was a rhino.

  8. Posted December 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    All animals in this collection exude power with the exception of the one being eaten and the mother of said “being eaten” The baby elephant probably has the strength of 4 of me.
    The horn of the rhino caught my eye though, what a appendage!

  9. Stuart MacLeod
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Hello Jerry
    The eagle is a Bateleur Eagle (Tetrathopius ecaudatus)

  10. J Cook
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Right, Battler Eagle.
    Giraffa /Camelopardalis Angolensis is the Giraffe. Other subspecies; G.c.giraffa G.c.capensis, G.c.wardi in SA might all be G.c.Angolensis according to Dagg and Foster, (Van Nostrand Rienold, 1976.)

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