Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Selati Camp, on track with EcoTraining

The sunrise as seen from my accommodation in Selati Camp.
This is a return visit to this camp and, as it was where I first started my journey
with EcoTraining, I have a soft spot for it.

The office and the lecture room, but from a different angle.
This time I was looking at it from the bank of the river.

Student accommodation.
The tents, although they might look small, can accommodate two adults
plus all their luggage and safari gear.
On this trip, being in winter, the area was dry and dusty.

Instructor Norman, who saved this dove from the claws of a Shikra.
The raptor had chased the dove into the lecture room,
where it landed on Norman's foot.
After a full body checkup, it was released
 and it flew off with no perceived ill effects.
I wonder what story IT told when it got 'home'.

Students from India and France enjoying a moment with Norman.
The students, who were more like guests on this course,
started out with EcoTracking that organically turned into an EcoQuest course.
Although most of the courses I have covered have had between 12-18 students,
this time there were only 4.

In the fading afternoon light,
this Grey Heron made a brief appearance at the waterhole
where we had stopped for drinks.

The dust off our tires caught in the sunlight as it 
hangs in the air between the foliage.

This rather curious young elephant stopped momentarily
to test our scent in the wind.
Unfazed by what he smelled, he moved slowly off into the bush.

Two young Nyala bulls try out their sparring skills.
Too young to challenge for dominance, 
this is more of a 'rehearsal' for the future event.

An African Hoopoe from a different angle.
We stopped the vehicle directly under it 
and were concerned that it might fly away should we restart the engine.

A very proud Brown Snake-Eagle surveying the territory.
Looking for a potential meal?  

We 'discovered' this abandoned building near the reserve airstrip.
It begged to be 'preserved' in mono rather than colour.

I found this single Horseshoe Bat hanging from the ceiling
in what could have been the kitchen of the old farmhouse.
It is unusual to find single bats as they are found in colonies.
After posing for a couple of pictures, it flew off.

Kicking up some dust.
This young bull elephant certainly made his presence known.
A LOT of noise and head shaking, but most of it for show.
Eventually, he decided that we were aware but not intimidated,
so he decided to continue with his vocalization
 from behind the safety of the trees. 

Silhouettes on the bridge.
This awesome suspension bridge was built by one of the local landowners.
A very impressive structure and it came as quite a surprise.

An African Civet was hidden in the brush on the side of the road.
A final sighting and one that made the drive worthwhile.

The moon had already made an appearance by the time we got back to camp.
Not the full moon of my previous visit, but most welcome.

And, at the end of a long day, the Milky Way makes an appearance.
As the camp is unfenced and animals do wander through,
I was mindful of my surroundings when I set up my equipment.

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