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Miscellaneous Etosha Images

Namutoni rest camp, Etosha NP Etosha's Namutoni Rest Camp was originally built as a police post in the late 19th C. It has rooms and camping spaces, a shop, a restaurant and a kiosk.
Banded Mongoose at Namutoni rest camp, Etosha NP Its waterhole is much more natural than the one at Okakuejo, but when I was there, it had very few visiting animals.
 
There was a large colony of Banded Mongooses Mungus mungo, right outside my room at Namutoni; sadly I had my camera on the wrong setting after photographing the white 'Beau Geste fort' above. I managed to 'rescue' this one in Photoshop, but the rest were goners. :-(
Sounder of warthogs crossing road in front of car Right next to the block of rooms we were staying in was a burst pipe, which presumably had been burst for some time, as not only was there plenty of lush grass in front of our buildings, but at the bottom of the slope even a tiny 'mini-swamp'.
This attracted this sounder of Warthogs, Phacochoreus africanus, which crossed the road in front of us to get to the juicy food.
I photographed the female and young warthogs, then went after the male. I sat on the ground and let him walk towards me. He came closer and closer, but suddenly he became aware of he, raised his head and snorted, so I left him in peace. Male Warthog portrait
The Blue or Brindled Wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus, is a sub-species of the White-bearded Gnu of East Africa. Blue Wildebeest at waterhole
The Ground Squirrel, Xerus inauris, is a totally different family, far less species than the Side-striped Ground Squirrel of East Africa, which it resembles. Gound Squirrel
Its 'family jewels' appear to be rather disproportionate. Ground Squirrel
You've got to have a Lilac-breasted Roller picture, and this is mine. This one sat motionless for long enough for me to shoot a few shots with my 75-300mm lens, then change lenses and shoot a few more - hand held! - with my 500mm lens, which - astonishingly - I got away with, as can be seen here. Lilac-breasted Roller
Southern Pale Chanting-Goshawk on a kill This one was the 'issue' we had with our guide about whether he was going to reverse to let us photograph it. He obviously didn't think it was worth photographing, as he wouldn't get into the 'right' position, and only waited long enough for us to get a few shots then unilaterally decided to move on. There was a long grass behind the eye of the right hand bird which I had to clone out.
Spotted Hyaena We saw this Spotted Hyaena, Crocuta crocuta, in warm dawn light.
Steenbuck aka Steenbok This was the other 'issue' we had with our guide. Again, I had to persuade him to take us back to see this Steenbok, Raphicerus cempestris, which I had spotted in a clearing by the side of the road. He was right that we would see other Steenbok, but I was right in that this one was the only one we got a clear, close view of.
Black-faced Impala The Black-faced Impala (Aepeceros melampus petersi) is a subspecies of Impala which is limited in range to northern Namibia and southern Angola. Kingdon, however describes it as "a relict species with several conservative features, sometimes treated as a species".
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