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Duke University Trip to South Africa April- May 2018
You are on Best Photos page one      see more  on        Best Photos page two
At the bottom of the page you will see links to other photos taken on our wonderful trip.


Here are some of the better Photos I took on the Trip. I am happy to share these with fellow travelers on the trip. I would appreciate it if you would give me credit for taking the photos. Here is how I have organized the photos:
Out of all the photos there are few that are pretty good, and I am posting them on this page.  I will then link to a second and third page where I will focus on different animals. As an example I will have a page of just elephants I photographed.  (See bottom of page for the links)

 There will also be a video of the entire trip if I can get around to finishing.  I am sending this out just to give you the first version.  All of these photos are LARGE, and will take a while to load. If it is too large for your computer, let me know.  jmcneary@gmail.com
I am still adding photos so check back later.  Updated 7-16-208,

Lion Impressive

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Elephant drinking water
I liked this photo because of catching the water dripping from his mouth, and the sunshine highlighting the water..

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African or Cape Buffalo
is a very dangerous animal.  They have very sharp horns and can and do kill Lions.
 They also weigh about 1100 pounds and can toss a lion several feet into the air.

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Nile Monitor Lizard on Lake Chobe
When we first saw this lizard, we thought it was a crocodile going after bird eggs.  As it slithered up to the water.  It turns out that it is a Nile Monitor Lizard of the genus Varanus. The Monitor lizard is a close kin to the Komodo dragon.  The Komodo dragon is poisonous in that its saliva is poisonous and causes the blood of its pray to not coagulate.  The Komodo dragon follows its pray for several day and when the pray weakens, the dragon eats it.  The monitor lizard has very sharp teeth and can cause severe wounds.  The saliva behaves the same way as the Komodo Dragon but to a lesser extent. 

I think we were very lucky to see the Nile Monitor Lizard although it is apparently fairly common in South Africa.  Here is a link to Thorny Bush on the Monitor Lizard

 This nice fellow is about 7 feet long.  I did not go ashore to measure him.

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Nile Monitor Lizard 

He did come toward the river to let me get this shot with his tongue out.  Besides bird’s eggs they often go after alligator and crocodile eggs.

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Birds on Rock  outside Cape Town

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Jan, The birds were on these rocks, and the first photo I took (below) I could not make out anything.  With my camera, and it’s telephoto lens I was able to bring these into focus.

Birds on the rocks with normal settings.

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I have an entire page on Baboons,  but this fellow was special.

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Yellow Billed Hornbill

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Jan’s Lion ... She thought it was coming right after her to have for dinner.  This photo was taken by Lydia with Jack’s Samsung cell phone.

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This is of Loveness who was in charge of the gift shop at Thorny Bush.  The lion was a painting or photo on the wall behind her.  I sent her an email of the photo.

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Hippo # 1    I was very pleased with these shots, mostley because of the details.  If you care to zoom in on each photo there is surprising detail. 

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Hippo #2  Note water droplets.

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Hippo # 3 Wide Open      He could use a better dentist.

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This entire page is probably too long and takes too long to load.  I will create another page for (best) photos.  I also will reduce the size so they can load faster.

Jan, yes there are seals behind the birds in the photo of the rocks in Capetown.


Links to Elephants Page,   Baboon Page,  Bird PageGiraffe Page, Lion and Leopard Page,  Rovas Rail Page, and Miscellaneous Photos Page

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