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Elephants in Etosha

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Namibia | Comments Off on Elephants in Etosha

[I am back in the United States now, 09 December, but still have so many things to share with you that I will just keep rolling with the Africa posts…] This was still the first morning in the Park.These bull elephants were HUGE! Much bigger than the ones we have on Okambara… Ever seen a giraffe drink? It’s pretty awkward!   This was the following at, at a different water hole. Amazing! I could watch them for hours! (And I did!) Toss in a little zebra for contrast… Wee ones! They are the best!   Where the water comes out. It was fascinating to watch the pecking order at the source of the water, and only those with strong ties to the dominant elephants got to drink the fresh water. The others had to settle for drinking the “bath”...

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Leopards in Etosha – I am a LUCKY LUCKY GAL!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 1 comment

See the leopard? See the leopard? Well, I was extremely lucky to have caught sight of this magnificent predator (I believed it to be a female). I guess all these past months of “training” my eye to see things in the bush paid off…I am told that it’s extremely rare and lucky to see a leopard in Etosha. Even though I’d been up close and personal with the three we’d trapped on Okambara, ‘d never just spotted one in the wild. It was quite a rush for me!   Hard to see, right?  Well, here are some more shots as I tracked her movement through the bush. Isn’t she beautiful???   She laid down for some reason. Then  started off again… Then I guessed she was headed to the water hole, so I drove there and waited…and was eventually...

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Lions at Etosha

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Namibia | Comments Off on Lions at Etosha

It’s been my dream for most of my life to go on a safari in Africa. Definitely one of those “bucket list” items. While I wasn’t on safari, last week I did rent a 4×4 with a rooftop camper and drive up to Etosha National Park. Seeing lions in the wild was one of those peak experiences I was seeking…and i got to see them my very first hour in the park! Extraordinary! Even more extraordinary, well, you’ll have to look at the picture sequence to see what I’m talking about. How lucky am I to observe something that most people never get to witness–a lion in the wild–much less a lion repopulating the park! [If you are under 18 or have not yet heard the birds and the bees talk yet, just skip along to my next post.]...

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A Visit to Cape Cross Cape Fur Seal Colony

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on A Visit to Cape Cross Cape Fur Seal Colony

Thursday’s fun began with a visit to the Cape Fur Seal Colony, the largest breeding colony of fur seals in the world. During the breeding season in November and December, there may be up to 210 000 seals at Cape Cross. Lucky me, I got to visit at just the right time! OMG! The chaos! The cries! The wonder! Amazing stuff. As always, I am a lucky gal! The females fur seals breeding in synchrony once a year, fishing in the nutrient-rich waters of the Benguela Current. They feed, cool off, then returning to shore to find their offspring amidst thousands of young pups. It’s a risky business, and if they don’t birth a dead pup or the tides change suddenly or the weather changes abruptly, they still have to brave killer whales and copper sharks in the water...

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Sperm whale stranded on Namibia coast

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on Sperm whale stranded on Namibia coast

As you know, I work for Biosphere Expeditions. Right now I am in Namibia, just off a week’s holiday in  between groups 6 and 7. In the spring I lead the Azores expeditions where we study whaled, dolphins, and loggerhead turtles (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/azores) So when I heard about a sperm whale stranding close to where I was on the Atlantic coast, of course I had to go and see for myself. How sad to see one of these magnificent animals beached (and dead) on land where they do not belong. Local authorities do not know what happened to the young whale, and speculation I’ve heard ranges from post-calving issues to a run in with an outboard motor, which our Azores scientist Lisa Steiner tells me would leave large, deep gashes on the animal. Lisa and I have been skyping all...

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Large things that fall out of the sky

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 2 comments

I’ve been on “vacation” touring Namibia this past week, (yes, in between my Cape Town Trip and this post I actually did work a month) and one of the places I stopped along the way was the Hoba Meteor Site. Imagine seeing this huge rock land on your property…of course then you’d also have to imagine yourself about 80,000 years ago, because that’s when they say it fell to earth.  The Hoba Meteorite is the largest known meteorite (as a single piece) and the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known at the Earth’s surface. It’s been uncovered, but since it weights over 120,000 pounds, it lies in its original location.     Well, maybe a little less now that some of it’s been sawed off: Here’s a nice abstract photo with some surface detail: Please follow and...

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