Botswana 2015 with Atkinson Photography and Safaris

This was a trip I planned a year ago.  I wasn’t expecting to go to Africa with only a month in between.  I’ll never do that again.. I was pretty sick when I got home.  I don’t know if it was a very bad case of jet lag or if I brought something home with me.  Nevertheless, it was worth it!

One place sort of bleeds into another for me except for the Chobe River.  We spent the entire three days on a boat.  So except for the Chobe I think I am going to put them in categories starting with the big cats.

CATS

We didn’t see very many lions or cheetah, but had some great leopard sightings including cubs.  There are far too many here but they are so photogenic!

This was the first evening… I didn’t get exposure right with the darkness descending.  You  can see a cub here… from the back side.

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This was a great sighting.  She was out in the open for quite a while.

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Since she was down for the count, we went off to find her cub.  Our guides pretty much knew where she’d left it.  We left shortly since we didn’t want to disturb him/her and cause the cub to leave the tree and go elsewhere.

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This was a different cub who remained well hidden.

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Same cubs as before but at a different time.

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I forget what was under the log, probably a squirrel, but the cub of course was obsessed with it.

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Time for a scratch.

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I’m afraid I can’t remember which leopard this was anymore.  Probably the mother of the cub in the tree.

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Everybody loves a good yawn.

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We saw lions on two occasions.  The first group of boys were resting but provided excellent entertainment!  I love how the light, when the sun is low and shining on them, warms the color of their fur.DPP_15634DPP_15638

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Here come more yawns.  I don’t think any other yawn measures up to that of a lion.  They were right below us and very nearly too close for the lens on the camera.  Hard to focus if you’re too close!

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This lion had discovered the elephant carcass a while ago.  It’s obvious from his very full stomach and his bloody face.  It had died of natural causes and after a couple of days it definitely began to smell.  I was surprised that there were not more scavengers around.  Anyway, this single lion found it.  Any time any of the other scavengers showed up, he’d get up and chase them off.DPP_16972

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It’s hard work keeping your stomach full and chasing off competitors…

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No cheetahs this time.  But with three different sightings of wild dogs, I’m definitely okay with that.

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2 thoughts on “Botswana 2015 with Atkinson Photography and Safaris

  1. Wow, that was certainly worth the wait. While I love lions, leopards have to be the most beautiful cat to photograph and you have really done it well. Grant was able to get you into some terrific positions and to be so close to such a strikingly beautiful, yet dangerous creature.
    Nancy there is way to may photos to say which ones jump out at me. I love them all and the cub peeking out through the branches is so special.
    You must be thrilled with your photos, thrilled that you went on a photographic safari and thrilled that you bought that lens.
    Thank you for sharing, I was beginning to think you were not going too.

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