On to Zimbabwe

A few more photos of South African scenes before departing for Hwange national park in Zimbabwe.

Lilac-breasted roller

Because you can never have enough shots of the beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller, national bird of both Botswana and Kenya.

Fish eagle

Fish eagles look a lot like the Bald Eagle of North America, but don’t have the bad habit of stealing food from other raptors.

Male Impala

The most ubiquitous antelope in the Kruger Park area has to be the Impala. Males hang out in bachelor herds until they are ready to challenge a dominant male for control of his harem of females. Turnover of males is high (about every two weeks) because the dominant males spend so much energy fending off other bachelor males.

Tawny Eagle

Tawny eagles devour fresh carrion (is that an oxymoron?), but also prey on lizards and small mammals.  They seem smaller than North American eagles, but have large beaks and that same intense eagle gaze.

Male chacma baboon

Male chacma baboons patrol to ensure the safety of their family members.  With their fearsome canines and size, they could intimidate this human.

Sunset over the crocodile river in Kruger Park, S.A.

Sunset over the Crocodile river in Kruger Park.

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