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Today's picture: Giraffe and Elephant at Waterhole
November 5, 2007
Giraffe and elephant

Photo Details: A pair of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) find their drinking about to be curtailed as a herd of elephant march purposefully towards the same source of water, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 70-300 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 150mm; Shutter speed: 1/800; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 200.

Today's picture: Meyer's Parrot
November 10, 2007
Meyer's Parrot

Photo Details: Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) perched on a branch, Masuma Dam, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 70-300 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 250mm; Shutter speed: 1/500; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 200.

Today's Picture: Waterbuck Female
November 27, 2007
Waterbuck female. close-up, Kruger Park

Photo Details: Female Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), close-up of head and neck, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 100-400 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 260mm; Shutter speed: 1/250; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: The waterbuck is a large, level-backed antelope with a coarse, greyish-brown coat. Although only the males carry horns, both males and females are easily identified by the characteristic white ring or "target" around the rump.

Waterbuck are usually found close to watercourses and prefer reed beds and wetlands, although they are also found in broken, bush-covered country. When pursued, they often seek safety in water. Shoulder height: 48" - 53" (122cm -136cm); Average weight: 450 - 600 lbs (204 - 270kg).

Today's picture: Grass Sheaves in Morning Light
November 28, 2007
Grass Sheaves, Shakawe, Okavango Panhandle

Photo Details: Sheaves of grass stacked against tree trunks in early morning light, Shakawe, Botswana.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 18-55mm kit lens; Focal Length: 33mm; Shutter speed: 1/20; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

Additional Info: The Okavango "Panhandle", in north-western Botswsana, is where the Okavango River enters the country from Namibia. Here, at the top end of the delta system, the river still flows strongly before spreading out and forming the numerous channels that form the Okavango Delta proper.

The river is at its lowest from September to November, allowing the local people who still live a traditional life along its banks to cut grass and reeds for housing material. While taking a stroll in the forest near Lloyd Wilmot's fishing camp, I came across these sheaves of grass glowing a golden-orange in the early morning light and couldn't resist hauling out my camera.

Today's Picture: Impala Rams Sparring
November 30, 2007
Impala rams sparring and locking horns

Photo Details: Two impala rams (Aepyceros melampus) kick up dust as they "lock horns" during a furious sparring match to establish dominance within a batchelor herd, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D; Lens: Canon 100-400 IS Zoom; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/640; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

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