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This zebra’s tongue was out a lot… perhaps giving someone the raspberry.
I have not had a close up view of zebra stripes on the belly before. Zebra stripes are endlessly fascinating.
Still talking. What a day it must be!
Okay… this will get a bit ridiculous. You probably wonder what all the fuss is about. I have seen many kori bustards. They happen to be the heaviest flying bird in the world. Needless to say, I have rarely seen one flying. Must be a lot of work. But I’ve never seen a male in full display mode. There were several males around and they all were puffed up and strutting. I don’t think I ever did see a female. They must have been around… or maybe they were just practicing…!
And there goes the tail!
As you can see, it is still misty out so photos of wildlife in the distance aren’t very clear. But we were very excited to see so many rhinos, even at a distance. Black rhino are more solitary than the white rhino so it was a treat to see several together.
Then we watched the buffalo for a while.
Then way back beyond the buffalo we spotted this female black rhino and realized she was headed our way.
So you’re going to see a ridiculous number of photos of this girl because I didn’t know if and when she was going to turn away.
Then we realized she was going to cross the road!
Along with her oxpecker companions…
And away she goes… Shortly after we pulled up a couple of other vehicles did as well. And just after that, a vehicle with several rangers pulled up and blocked part of the road to keep people from trying to move up closer and crowd her. Their presence clearly helped keep everyone in ‘polite mode’. It was exciting to see a black rhino up fairly close and one that wasn’t running away! So I appreciated the work of the rangers to protect the well being of the rhinos.
I’m afraid that the remainder of this blog entry will follow my obsession for certain animals. I tried to cut the photos that were near duplicates but it’s hard and it will still end up fairly lengthy.
On to lions. This lioness was clearly down for the count so we didn’t stick around too long and moved on to the boys. Nothing does lazy like a lion…
One woke up!
Such brotherly love…
About to cross the road…
He kept looking back to see if his brother was going to get off his lazy butt and move on.
As you can see, he was in no big hurry to move on.
Finally, he manages to get himself going.
Bye, boys.. loved those manes.
oops… pit stop…
Seems like a good place to end part 2. It’s getting too long again because I have such a hard time leaving stuff out. And this is probably a tenth of what I have taken..