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01-24-2017, 05:36 AM   #5026
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Giraffe. Is there a special collective term for several giraffe? If not, I nominate "a STRETCH of giraffe."

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"Tower" apparently

interesting lists:

Animal Groups

https://www.thefactsite.com/2014/06/animal-group-names.html

What are groups of African animals called? - Africa Freak
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Sounds good, though I like "A Neck of Giraffe too!
A bull
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Cows and youngsters. Not absolutely certain but I don't think any adult in this image is a bull.

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this one is a bull

in musth

Musth is a period among adult male elephants, (over 15-20 years old) sometimes referred to as similar to male deer's "Rot". There is a three weeks pre-musth-condition, about one month high-musth, and one post-musth condition. Their temporal glands become swollen, from where a strong smelling fluid, rich of testosterone, runs down on their cheeks - Musth,a sexual agressive period among elephant bulls

that red eye is NOT from a flash, note the drainage, no crop
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Sounds good, though I like "A Neck of Giraffe too!
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Thought that comes to mind on seeing that image? Glad I'm in a car, wish it were a tank.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Thought that comes to mind on seeing that image? Glad I'm in a car, wish it were a tank.
whenever we were close to elephants, I wondered if any would reach into the vehicle through the open top or windows with the trunk

I guess I watched too many movies about squids and octopus attacking

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Thought that comes to mind on seeing that image? Glad I'm in a car, wish it were a tank.
Not in a car for this one, but at a well protected electrically fenced hide. A popular hide I may add, at Addo Elephant National Park. It was busy with wildlife whenI was there for about an hour or so-besides the bull, there were warthogs, Kudu, and a host of birds.
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a picture can be misleading

eyes glued in, ears wide spread, mixed group of adults, sub adults and calves - should we have been afraid???

first trust the guide who in 18 years has seen a lot, second, the photograph is a "snap shot" in time. The ears of the elephant has been moving from being folded back along the head to wide spread to back along the head again in a slow steady pattern

The elephant is fanning its ears to help cool off, that is all

but I could lie about the danger we faced. if I wanted to.
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Spotted owl doing a little preening.
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ok, these are smaller, even if you count the combined weight and measurements

found in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania. I believe they may be some type of Fiscal, perhaps Grey-Backed Fiscal??? can anyone help with the id?
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Lesser Grey Shrike

The other Leopard we saw in Pilansberg- as you can see, it was not interested in moving for us for a better pic.
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that was my first choice but for some reason I changed it (honestly)

these photos are interesting. They were taken in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. They show several Saddle-back Cranes up high and the large nest built by a Hamerkop. unfortunately the light was not in a good position for the second photo. I have posted photos of a Hamerkop building such a nest in the Tropical Rain Forest at the Topeka Zoological Park and had hoped to continue to document the progress but I have learned the bird died soon after I had photographed it.
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The moral of the story- Don't take photos of birds building nests .
Waterbuck from Pilansberg
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