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Nature Explored

Photography
by Chris Dunford

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

Selous Mammals I (September)

Hippo grazing the river bank in Selous073 A hippo grazing on the bank of the Rufiji River

A pod of hippopotamus in the shallow water of the Rufiji River - Selous074 A pod of hippopotamus in the shallow water of the Rufiji River - Selous

This elephant was caught as he crossed the Rufiji river075 This elephant was caught as he crossed the Rufiji river

Close up of bull elephant fresh out of the river which he had crossed to look for palm nuts076 Close up of bull elephant fresh out of the river which he had crossed to look for palm nuts

A Common Waterbuck, distinguished by the white circular mark on his rear. Some say it's a target for lions to aim at!077 A Common Waterbuck, distinguished by the white circular mark on his rear. Some say it's a target for lions to aim at!

These Baboons were enjoying each others company078 These Baboons were enjoying each others company

Portrait of a Maasai giraffe. These animals give Selous its nickname of Giraffic Park079 Portrait of a Maasai giraffe. These animals give Selous its nickname of Giraffic Park

Giraffe at Lake Siwandu080 A Giraffe at Lake Siwandu. This one had lost his tail, probably as a result of a lion attack

 A small herd of Lichtenstein's hartebeeste, normally found in the miombo woodlands to the South081 A small herd of Lichtenstein's hartebeeste, normally found in the miombo woodlands to the South

There were a lot of impala bucks defending small territories from each other082 There were a lot of impala bucks defending small territories from each other

Wildebeeste or Brindled Gnu in Selous083 A small group of wildebesste take it easy in the shade of a jackalberry tree. "Migration - what Migration?"

Wildebeeste moving through the terminalia and acacia bush084 Wildebeeste moving through the terminalia and acacia bush

Plains zebras and wildebeeste085 Plains zebras and wildebeeste. Possibly this is the Crawshay's subspecies

Ground squirrels were very tame and lived in Impala Camp in Selous086 Ground squirrels were very tame and lived in Impala Camp in Selous

Vervet monkeys are very common throughout East Africa087 Vervet monkeys are very common throughout East Africa

Maasai giraffe striding through the terminalia woodland088 Maasai giraffe striding through the terminalia woodland

Greater kudu at lakeside089 Greater kudu by the side of Lake Siwandu

Greater kudu posing for the camera090 Greater kudu posing for the camera

We found a pack of five African wild dogs in a commiphora thicket091 We found a pack of five African wild dogs in a commiphora thicket

African hunting gog showing the hugely powerful jaws. Size for size it has a stronger bite than a lion092 African hunting gog showing the hugely powerful jaws. Size for size it has a stronger bite than a lion

The hunting dog is not strong enough to take a full grown giraffe, but the young ones give them a wide berth093 The hunting dog is not strong enough to take a full grown giraffe, but the young ones give them a wide berth

The bushbuck is generally quite shy and so we only got a fleeting glimpse of this male before it ran off094 The bushbuck is generally quite shy and so we only got a fleeting glimpse of this male before it ran off

I wondered if these three waterbuck were sisters095 I wondered if these three waterbuck were sisters

These Hippopotomuses watched us drift past in our boat at Lake Siwandu096 These Hippopotomuses watched us drift past in our boat at Lake Siwandu