What is in a name?

A rarity nowadays is the Blue Head Agama Lizard or more commonly know as Bloukopkoggelmander. While I’m familiar with the latter and had to look up the English translation, I’m pretty sure we will have a few laughs around the office when the Aussies try to pronounce the Afrikaans name.

Blue Head Agama Lizard - Kruger National Park - 6D @ 600mm 1/500 f8 ISO640

Blue Head Agama Lizard – Kruger National Park – 6D @ 600mm 1/500 f8 ISO640

Colourful Camo

As far as camouflage goes, most African animals have adapted to a shade of brown with a only a few going bonkers with their party costume.
The Lilac Breasted Roller is probably one of the most colourful African birds you’ll see.

Lilac Breasted Roller - Kruger National Park - 6D @ 200mm 1/2500 f4 ISO100

Lilac Breasted Roller – Kruger National Park – 6D @ 200mm 1/2500 f4 ISO100

Living Large

The Southern Grounded Hornbill, or known by the locals as a Bromvoël, is the largest hornbill species in the world.

How big is that? They get up to 1m in length and can weigh up to 4kg.

They hide some amazing white feathers under those dark covers which are seldom seen as they do not like to fly. And I had no intention to get out of the car and run after them with them big cats lurking around.

Southern Grounded Hornbill (Bromvoël) - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 147mm 1/250 f4 ISO100

Southern Grounded Hornbill (Bromvoël) – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 147mm 1/250 f4 ISO100

Elusive kitty

Usually, if you want to see the big five in Africa you plan for a couple of days of driving.

You’ll see lots of elephants, then some buffaloes, with a bit of luck a rhino or two but the predators, lion and leopard, are very scarce. Not surprisingly if you consider that they typically sleep for twenty hours a day and if you do manage to spot them, they might be very far or you will have some flora in the way.

We were extremely lucky to see all 5 in our first day.

Here is one of the more elusive ones.

Leopard (Luiperd) - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 200mm 1/500 f4 ISO100

Leopard (Luiperd) – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/500 f4 ISO100

Tawny Eagle (Roofarend)

Tawny Eagle (Roofarend) - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 74mm 1/2000 f4 ISO100

Need some help here…

I think these are Tawny Eagles, but I may be wrong. I simply can’t find another image on the internet showing eagles like these with the white chests. If you can confirm these to be Tawny Eagles, or otherwise, please let me know.

Tawny Eagle (Roofarend) - Kruger National Park - 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f4 ISO100

Tawny Eagle (Roofarend) – Kruger National Park – 70D @ 200mm 1/2000 f4 ISO100

Also learned another valuable lesson here.
When multiple birds in the frame, increase depth of field to ensure all subjects are in focus.

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