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Birds and Animals from the Republic of South Africa/Limpopo Province: 2009

I had the opportunity to travel to the Republic of South Africa during the last week of March, 2009. The trip was for research, but I had time to do a little bird and wildife photography as well. I had limited myself in equipment to a Nikon D200 camera and two lenses: a Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6 ED VR lens and a Sigma 18-50mm F: 3.5-5.6 HSM (digital) lens. I sometimes used the built-in flash on the D200, and did not take a tripod. Next time, I'll lug along my Nikkor 300mm f4, though the little 55-200mm Nikkor did a fair job for a $150.00 (refurbished) lens. I did manage to add 30 new birds to my life list, though not all are shown in this gallery. Most birds were identified from images viewed on my Epson P3000 viewer, checked against my copy of "Birds of Southern Africa" by Sinclair, Hockey and Tarboton, each evening. I compared photos of animals against plates in Simther's Mammals of Southern Africa, A field guide; edited by Peter Apps. Since this was my first trip to Africa, I can not claim to be an expert, so if I have made some errors in identification, please let me know. But please, I hope you enjoy viewing the images, as much as I had fun making them!
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The animals and birds I photographed, were located west of Bela Bela
The animals and birds I photographed, were located west of Bela Bela
...and south of Alma in Limpopo Province
...and south of Alma in Limpopo Province
We saw some huge irrigation pivots in action.
We saw some huge irrigation pivots in action.
View of wildlife reserve environment.
View of wildlife reserve environment.
The road over towards Alma was a challenge.
The road over towards Alma was a challenge.
Lots of rocks in the backcountry.
Lots of rocks in the backcountry.
Little yellow bird with eye-ring, and flowers with large beetle.
Little yellow bird with eye-ring, and flowers with large beetle.
This was the first bird I photographed on the trip.
This was the first bird I photographed on the trip.
Cape White-eye
Cape White-eye
I first saw the Blacksmith Lapwing as my plane taxied to the terminal in Johannesburg, but
I first saw the Blacksmith Lapwing as my plane taxied to the terminal in Johannesburg, but
these Blacksmith Lapwings were seen in the contryside south of Alma
these Blacksmith Lapwings were seen in the contryside south of Alma
This fuzzy image of the tiny Blue Waxbill was made at sunrise just outside my cottage room.
This fuzzy image of the tiny Blue Waxbill was made at sunrise just outside my cottage room.
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