Friday, November 16, 2012

Etosha National Park

Etosha is considered the jewel in the Namibian wildlife crown, and rightly so.  We headed out first thing to drive around a few of the principle water holes, though having rained over night, there was more water about than usual.  We enjoyed some cracking sightings, including African Grey Hornbill:

Brown-Crested Snake-Eagle:

Cape Bunting:

Double-banded Sandgrouse:


and Elephants:

This teenage elephant made a show of confronting us, hence I was able to photograph it relatively freely (from within the vehicle.  There's very few parks in Namibia where you're allowed out of the vehicle for safety reasons):

Fork-tailed Drongo:

Golden-breasted Bunting:

A ground squirrel:



Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill:

Temminck's Courser:

White-crested Helmetshrike:

They look as if someone pinched their heads when young...

Another unidentified Lark.... sigh...

Having finished the 'game drive' we headed back to camp, where we planned an afternoon walk around the grounds, having seen a good amount of birds in the first light of dawn.



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