Monthly Archives: February 2014

Back in Etosha

Giraffe and Etosha pan

Giraffe and Etosha pan

There’s a first time for everything. I’m usually traveling alone or with like-minded adults who can give up food, water and comfort for a chance to see some exciting wildlife. And usually, I have unlimited time (well, sunlight limited time) to sit and watch animals. However, this time around it is all different as there’s a six month old accompanying me on this field trip. What this means is that I only get a couple of hours to be alone in the late evenings, and then a couple of hours after dinner when the baby is sleeping, to go see wildlife as opposed to the dawn-to-dusk time I previously had. Adapting to the reduced hours of wildlife-viewing and living under the baby’s dictatorship has been easier than I thought it would be. The babies must cast some kind of a magical spell on parents, I suppose?

Anyway, in the few hours of wildlife viewing and photography that I managed to squeeze in during the week have been surprisingly fruitful. I’ve now seen all of Etosha’s famous large mammals and an unusually long list of birds, including several lifers! All of those may require some more elaborate blog posts in the near future, but here are a few of my favorite photographs from the trip so far.

Black rhinoceros on the Halali plains

Black rhinoceros on the Halali plains

Black rhinoceros resting under a tree

Black rhinoceros resting under a tree

Male springbok at sunset near Gemsbokvlakte

Male springbok at sunset near Gemsbokvlakte

Pronking springboks on the Okaukuejo plains

Pronking springboks on the Okaukuejo plains