The usual and unusual suspects in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

 

Puku Mother and fowl reflections, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Puku Mother and fowl reflections, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The Puku Antilope is in similar looks, size and appearance to the Impala.

Even in black and white, an eyeful, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Even in black and white, an eyeful, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Thicker, or longer hair cover their fur without typical Impala stripes.

Puku fowl cleaning its fur, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Puku fowl cleaning its fur, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This is more obvious with young ones, or new born Puku.

Staggering eye lashes, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Staggering eye lashes, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Still oh so cute.

Puku buck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Puku buck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The buck has similar shape antlers and could be easily confused with the Impala from the distance. A favourite pray for predator.

Female waterbuck resting in the thick of it, South Luangwa National Park,Zambia

Female waterbuck resting in the thick of it, South Luangwa National Park,Zambia

The normally shy and rarely seen Waterbuck seems to flourish in South Luangwa National Park.

Can you see something? South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Can you see something? South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

 

Nowhere else did I encounter as many small groups. The fowls are incredibly cute as well, like any youngsters.

Shame about the high grass, hard to focus, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Shame about the high grass, hard to focus, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A small herd off females and offspring normally roam thick bush land,

Waterbuck on the look out, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Waterbuck on the look out, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

whilst the dominant buck is never far off,

Just checking if there really is another zebra?! South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Just checking if there really is another zebra?! South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

keeping an eye out on his harem. 

Tall and elegant, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tall and elegant, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Thornicroft Giraffes appear in smaller groups and are fairly quickly spotted from the distance for obvious reasons.

Thornicroft Giraffes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Thornicroft Giraffes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

These giraffes have darker, more distinctive spots, extending all the way down their long legs.

Passing by signs of death, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Passing by signs of death, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

If the ears are hanging down, the giraffe is relaxed. 

Grey ghost moving through thick bush land, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Grey ghost moving through thick bushland, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Kudus are generally referred to as the ‘Grey ghost off the bush’.

Spotted! Off to thick bush land, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Spotted! Off to thick bushland, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

For that reason, they are hard to spot from a distance and most times hiding behind bushes. Taking a photo of kudus is extremely difficult.

Impressive antlers of a kudu bull, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Impressive antlers of a kudu bull, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Never the less, a graceful Antilope with staggering antlers.

Warthogs on the plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Warthogs on the plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Warthogs are plentiful on these even plains, mostly near lagoons. Muddy environment makes it easier to dig up the earth for some tasty treats.

Posing in front off my lens, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Posing in front of my lens, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Not often do they wait for you to get the camera ready.

Warting on what’s happening, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Warting on what’s happening, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

By that time they’re running for cover with their tail in the air.

Chief in full colours, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chief in full colours, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Baboons

Vervet display, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Vervet display, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

and vervet monkeys thrive in South Luangwa National Park.

Looking for insects in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Looking for insects in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

I saw large groups scavenging the open plains.

Digging up water lilies, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Digging up water lilies, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Some just dug up some treats from the shallow waters,

Stuffing before running off, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Stuffing before running off, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

and run off before someone else would take them off.

High vantage point, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

High vantage point, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The young ones, full of mischievous antics, are always fun to watch.

Mhhh, tastiest pieces, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mhhh, tastiest pieces, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Never far from a family member,

Mom is unfaced whilst youngsters are up to mischief, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mom is unfazed whilst youngsters are up to mischief, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

they just couldn’t help themselves for some Monkey business. 

Fish Eagle, a majestic sight, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Fish Eagle, a majestic sight, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Birdlife is prolific in South Luangwa National Park. The amount of birds explodes with the rainy season which is when migrating birds makes the most of the swampy lagoons. The cry of the fish eagle is heard from afar.

Saddle stork stalking the plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Saddle stork stalking the plains, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The Saddle Stork is often seen scavenging the edge of the water. 

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