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Stripey green hippos

Hippos in water covered with green algae

Last week I visited one of my favourite places in the Luangwa Valley – the lagoon near Luwi bushcamp. It was quite a surprise though when I got there to find the surface of the lagoon completely green from an algal bloom and the hippos looking like they were out of a Dr Seuss book. All stripey and green! Visit my facebook page here for more images.

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A mother’s touch

A mother's touch

I received an image enquiry today asking for black and white images that show a bond between baby animals and their mothers. Here are a few favourites from the images I came up with. My favourite favourite is the baby warthog being nuzzled by his Mum 🙂

Lioness and cub

Elephant with calf

Baby warthog

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Tree lion

Tree lion

Lion relaxing on a branch

Finding lions in trees is actually a fairly common occurrence in the South Luangwa. The lions from the Hollywood pride especially seem to have a habit of jumping up into trees to try and escape the heat or flies. Or to steal a leopard kill, which was what we witnessed on a safari that I was leading last week! No images from that sighting though as it was dark and the tree had very thick foliage. Still it was incredible to witness with one lioness chasing the leopard right up into the upper branches. There was a lot of growling and spitting from both animals but the lioness finally gave in and scrabbled back down to the ground.. This image was taken on a previous safari.

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Wild dog

Wild dog

I have just got back from a safari at Tafika where we were lucky to see a pack of 16 wild dogs on several occasions. Photography was difficult though as the dogs were very active and the grass is still very long in the Valley at this time of year. I managed to get a few shots of this female while she took a breather from all the running around. She only sat still for a few seconds though before she spotted an impala in the distance and went bounding off in hot pursuit!

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Powered paragliding

Powered paragliding

Over the last few years I have spent many hours taking images from the air, mostly in a microlight over the South Luangwa national park. During this time I have developed a serious passion for aerial photography and I have been looking for a simple form of flight with some very specific requirements. The aircraft needed to be compact and easy to transport, have the ability to take off in confined spaces and piloting the machine myself, I wanted to be able to take photographs before landing again without requiring a runway. I have found exactly the craft for this in a powered paraglider.

This machine consists of a paraglider wing and a motor/propeller on your back which provides the thrust for flight. Once airborne there is nothing to obstruct your view and it is an ideal platform for taking aerial images. It takes some time to master the skill of flying and taking images – this is the point that I am at now. I will be flying as often as possible over the coming months and will post the results here and on my Facebook page. The image in this post was taken by Tom Harvey on a recent trip to Shiwa Ng’andu in Northern Zambia. Check out my Facebook page for more images from this trip.

Coming in to land at Shiwa Ng'andu as a storm builds up behind me.

Photo © Tom Harvey

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