Double-banded Sandgrouse

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This is a double-banded sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus) seen in the Mana Pools area recently, just south of their usual habitat north of the Zambezi River. They are more usually observed in western Zimbabwe. These birds are not quite as common as other sandgrouse varieties. This bird has several sub-species and I suspect that this one may be P.b. multicolor. They breed mostly in between February and September. Sandgrouse feed mostly on seed and are usually seen foraging in is short trampled grass and in Mopani and Brachystegia woodland.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4X III; 1/1000 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 560mm)

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Sundowners

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Elephant cow and her young taking a drink at sunset. One wonders where the larger nursery herds have disappeared to in the Mana Pools area?
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 371mm)

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Splash!

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Watch a pod of Hippopotamus for long enough and you will always see a squabble erupt. This time, two males ran out of the water, the bigger one giving chase. Off they went around a larger thicket at the side of the pan, and then, two tonnes at a time, they splash back into the water with great gusto.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/500 sec; f/11; ISO 1250; 188mm)

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Dusting at Dawn

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Zebras at Dawn
This small herd of Zebra, I suspect, was a bachelor herd, where, generally, the older Zebra within ranks the highest. This early morning shot was a lucky capture. The Zebras had been horsing around kicking up the dust and continued to do so as we awaited the rising sun. The light captured in the dust kicked up was almost as if choreographed and provided for a few spectacular shots. I like this one, if I say so myself!
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/500 sec; f/11; ISO 2000; 560mm)

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Breakfast with a Baboon

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Two species which are often found together are the baboon (Papio cynocephalus) and the impala antelope (Aepyceros melampusShona: mhara; Ndebele: ipala ). Here the young male impala appears to be in community with the baboon over breakfast. Some suggest a symbiotic relationship between these two animals. Impala have been observed to be more ‘approachable’ in the presence of a baboon troop, perhaps providing a false sense of security, and such troops will often sound the alarm when predators are present (basically an early warning system for the impala). Some have observed that grazing impala often unearth grubs and insects which baboons will feed on. A strange relationship, since it is not unknown for baboons to grab young impala calves, mutilate and eat them.
(Canon 7D; f/6.3; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 400mm)

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