Botswana: Okavango Delta Safari 2013: Day 5

The day started well with 3 male lions crossing a small river straight towards us!  They were the 3 lions we had seen feeding on the buffalo – so we went to check out what was happening at the carcass.  6 more lions had come into feed on the buffalo, obviously having chased the 3 young males off.  The amazing morning light meant the cameras were working overtime!  A female leopard was spotted not long after we left the lions and buffalo, and she was equally as obliging as the lions.  She put on a great show, ending up nestled comfortably in a large tree.  We found a pair of wattled cranes as well as sighting lions on 2 more occasions.  The leopard from the morning was more active in the late afternoon and, as has become the norm, there were many herds of elephants out and about.  The day ended on on a real high with a late night spotting of an african wild cat!

Major sightings of the day:

  • 3 male lions crossing a river
  • 6 lions feeding on a buffalo kill with vultures present
  • 2 lionesses
  • Female leopard climbing tree
  • 2 large male lions
  • Ground hornbills
  • Wattled cranes
  • Several herds of elephants
  • African wild cat

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Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 7

The final morning of the safari had a very nice surprise in store for us.  We woke to an awesome snowfall, which added drastically to the atmosphere of the photos!  To make the morning a little more special, a japanese serow made an appearance midway through the snowfall.  This awkward looking antelope foraged on the cliffs above us for a solid hour before heading back into the hills.  The snow monkeys were as obliging as ever, and had all concentrated in the hot spring because of the cold weather.  All in all, it was the perfect way to end an amazing safari!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Snow monkeys
  • Japanese Serow

Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 6

A full day with the snow monkeys is never a bad day!  The busy little monkeys kept the cameras clicking all day, which produced some lovely images and memories.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Snow monkeys