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Croc central..

Croc central..

The Luangwa river is home to an extraordinarily high number of crocodiles. It is not uncommon to see over a hundred in the area surrounding a dead hippo. It can be a little disconcerting flying over them and hoping that you don’t have engine failure! A few shots..

Crocodiles on bank of Luangwa river.

Crocodiles surrounding a dead hippopotamus.

Crocodiles fighting.

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Dry and Wet

Dry and Wet

A bend in the Luangwa river photographed from a microlight in the dry season and again in the rains. It was a little tricky getting the same angle for the second image, especially as there was a lot of low cloud which we kept flying into, but I think the images show the incredible transformation of the Luangwa Valley and river at this time of year.

Luangwa river in the dry season.

Luangwa river in the rains.

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A second life

A second life

This is an aerial photograph of a fallen tree, long ago dead and lying in a river bed. The grass and bushes growing around it give a false impression that it still has leaves on its branches and that it is actually alive.

Fallen tree

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Elephant crossing

Elephant crossing

Elephants crossing the Luangwa river at dawn

A slightly belated Happy New Year! I have some very exciting photography projects in the pipeline for this year and will post details here soon. All the best for 2012!

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A blizzard of bats!

A blizzard of bats!

Each year during November and December an incredible wildlife spectacle takes place in Kasanka national park in Zambia’s central province. Eight million (!) straw coloured fruit bats (apparently the greatest concentration of mammalian biomass ever recorded) converge on the national park.

Straw coloured fruit bats coming in to roost.

The bats roost in an area of evergreen swamp forest only about a hectare in size. Their bodies are packed tightly together as they jostle for the limited space among branches which often break off due to the sheer weight of the bats!

Roosting fruit bats.

As dusk descends they take off from the sagging branches and within minutes the sky is filled with millions of bats flying in all directions, fanning out into the forest to feed on the wild fruit that is so abundant at this time of year.

Fruit bats leaving their roosts at dusk

Fruit bats taking off at sunset.

Fruit bats fill the sky at sunset.

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