Photos from South Africa

Since the last couple of posts here have been about my recent trip to South Africa, a few people have been badgering me for the rest of the photos from the trip! I am very happy to say that the ridiculous quantity of photos I took have now been edited, and I have uploaded a selection of the best to this website. And just to make it easy for the people who have been asking for them, I thought I’d put them all in this blog post for you – enjoy!

Sunbird

A female sunbird in the lodge grounds feeding on nectar from the trees.

A majestic male waterbuck watching for predators at the water hole in the Kruger National Park.

A majestic male waterbuck watching for predators at the water hole in the Kruger National Park.

Little bee-eaters huddle together for warmth on a grey, gloomy day.

Little bee-eaters huddle together for warmth on a grey, gloomy day.

Backlit Grasses

A flock of brown-headed parrots search the branches of a tree for fruit.

A flock of brown-headed parrots search the branches of a tree for fruit.

Zebra Eyes

The patterns of a zebra are just too pretty to resist a close-up!

This male kudu was definitely unfazed by our presence.

This male kudu was definitely unfazed by our presence.

We found this grasshopper on a rock in the Three Rondavels nature reserve. He was about 4 inches long, and could jump about 4 feet at a time!

We found this grasshopper on a rock in the Three Rondavels nature reserve. He was about 4 inches long, and could jump about 4 feet at a time!

Brown-Hooded Kingfisher 2

Although this is a kingfisher, they very rarely actually eat fish – they are usually found in wooded areas and catch insects with extraordinary accuracy.

We were incredibly lucky to see hyaenas this close up - and on a day when we thought it wouldn't be worth going into the park because it was raining so hard!

We were incredibly lucky to see hyaenas this close up – and on a day when we thought it wouldn’t be worth going into the park because it was raining so hard!

Helmeted Guineafowl

Not the most attractive of birds, but they definitely have a lot of character!

Kudu Mother and Calf

Kudu Mother and Calf

Common Waxbills

I saw these cheery little birds out the side of a viewing hide, while everyone else in the hide was looking at the hippos out the front!

This was a really special thing to see on a safari, and a definite first for me.

This was a really special thing to see on a safari, and a definite first for me.

This feisty little bird puffs up his back feathers to create a spectacular display.

This feisty little bird puffs up his back feathers to create a spectacular display.

A massive dragonfly we found resting on a rock in the middle of the river running through the lodge grounds.

A massive dragonfly we found resting on a rock in the middle of the river running through the lodge grounds.

Oh no, not again! I'm not sure what one squirrel was saying, but the other one's not happy about it!

Oh no, not again! I’m not sure what one squirrel was saying, but the other one’s not happy about it!

Brown-Hooded Kingfisher 1

Brown-Hooded Kingfisher again – so handsome he had to be in here twice!

Impala Portrait

Impala are so common that it is easy to overlook their grace and beauty. This female stood very obligingly with the sun behind her to allow me to take this portrait shot.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!


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