Sand Rivers

One of the last great wildernesses

01 June 2012

Boating on the mighty Rufiji River

Pel's Fishing owl

Male Leopard resting in a small leafed Teminalia

Back lit jets of mist from the Hippos exhaling.

The large Nimbus clouds have faded, all the dust settled after the long rains, there is a freshness about Selous, the dry season is closing in fast, still time though for the animals to stock up on the nutritious flora that is scattered all over the rugged terrain. The view from the lodge this year is different, all the vegetation the river that dumped the previous year on the sandbanks has now been all washed away, some of them huge trees which the Rufiji claims every year.

On a trip up to Stieglers Gorge, we managed to spot the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl pictured above, it is considered a mega tick amongst birders and took me 8 years in Selous to see it.

We had a wonderful sighting of a male and a female leopard with an Impala kill in a tree, the female was less relaxed than the male, which is unusual for Selous.

We look forward to seeing you here in the Selous, one of the last great wildernesses.

The Selous Team.

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