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Nature Explored

Photography
by Chris Dunford

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

Selous Birds and Reptiles II (July)

A Nile monitor hides in the riverside bushes1049 A Nile monitor hides in the riverside bushes

A giant kingfisher by the river bank1050 A giant kingfisher by the river bank

A striated heron on a raft of floating vegetation1051 A striated heron on a raft of floating vegetation

During the day the white-fronted bee-eater leaves the nest site to hunt insects in the bush1052 During the day the white-fronted bee-eater leaves the nest site to hunt insects in the bush

A pied kingfisher outside its nest burrow1053 A pied kingfisher outside its nest burrow

A Nile crocodile on the move1054 A Nile crocodile on the move

The hammerkop is considerd to be magical or a bird of ill omen and so is seldom persecuted1055 The hammerkop is considerd to be magical or a bird of ill omen and so is seldom persecuted

Possibly this is a brown-hooded kingfisher1056 Possibly this is a brown-hooded kingfisher

Another shot of the brown-hooded kingfisher?1057 Another shot of the brown-hooded kingfisher?

The great white egret is a common sight on the banks of the Rufiji1058 The geat white egret is a common sight on the banks of the Rufiji

This small island in Lake Nzerakera serves as a nest site for hundreds of birds of various types1059 This small island in Lake Nzerakera serves as a nest site for hundreds of birds of various types

1036 The goliath heron stands up to 152cm tall, the World's biggest heron1060 The goliath heron stands up to 152cm tall, the World's biggest heron

During the breeding season the white of the yellow-billed stork takes on a pinkish hue1061 During the breeding season the white of the yellow-billed stork takes on a pinkish hue

The bright red eye helps to identify this as a black-crowned night heron1062 The bright red eye helps to identify this as a black-crowned night heron

An African darter feeding its chicks in a very precarious nest1063 An African darter feeding its chicks in a very precarious nest

Open-billed storks with chicks of various sizes, not all in the same nest1064 Open-billed storks with chicks of various sizes, not all in the same nest

An ever watchful crocodile always ready to take any chic that is unlucky enough to fall out of its nest1065 An ever watchful crocodile always ready to take any chic that is unlucky enough to fall out of its nest

This is possibly an intermediate egret. The larger chic will almost certainly eject the smaller one from the nest1066 This is possibly an intermediate egret. The larger chic will almost certainly eject the smaller one from the nest

The sacred ibis is very common1067 The sacred ibis is very common

Lovely markings on the Nile monitor1068 Lovely markings on the Nile monitor

Water Thick-knees1069 Water Thick-knees

White-fronted bee-eaters at their nest hole1070 White-fronted bee-eaters at their nest hole

The heronry in Lake Nzerakera1071 The heronry in Lake Nzerakera

1048 The African spoonbill is easy to identify1072 The African spoonbill is easy to identify