Mozambique, 2005

The discovery of a new country, a new environment, also means little time for pictures,
sorry folks I'll try to do better next year !

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Arrival in Mozambique

Thanks to Jose, his wife and his friends our trip began with a great weekend near Ponta mamoli, south of Mapoto
Xai-Xai
Going north, end of the day in Xai-Xai
Tofo
Tofo
Mozambique
Tofo
Tofo
Arrival in Tofo
There, we had the opportunity to observe the classic association of pelagic animals beached :
Mollusca, Gastropoda Janthina, Nudibranchia Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777 feedind on
Hydrozoa, Physalia sp. and Porpita sp.,
Janthina prolongata
Janthina janthina
Glaucus atlanticus
Janthinas
with some Spirula spirula (Linnaeus, 1758), Cephalopoda
Janthina prolongata Blainville, 1822, (41mm)
Janthina janthina (Linnaeus, 1758), (32mm)
Glaucus atlanticus Forster, 1777
Porpita
Portuguese man-of-war
Porpita
Porpita sp.
Portuguese man-of-war, Physalia sp.
Porpita sp.

Birds
Egretta garzetta
Egretta garzetta Egretta garzetta
Egretta garzetta
Black legs, yellow feet and black bill: Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766) or Egretta dimorpha Hartert, 1914 ?
Pied crow, Corvus albus
Low tide in Tofo
Cypraea annulus
Cypraea annulus
Cypraea annulus
At low tide you're walking on Cypraea annulus
If you're lazy, have a look at an hermit crabs cluster !
Men and women with machetes looking for mussels... or anything that can be eaten: Patellidae, Muricidae, Neritidae...
More than 50% of the population is below poverty line.

Strange enough those vanishing Donax are not identifid as edible.
Exhausted Louis after low tide.
An other exercise, my first transect... with a home made quadrat (100 x 50 cm)!

Littorinidae, Neritidae...
Back to Maputo... 500 km of good to very very bumpy roads... a dead wheel, 3 hub caps lost but no crash !
Last stop in maputo

On the way back home, one day in Kruger park
Oreotragus oreotragus
Ubiquitous impalas, Oreotragus oreotragus
Oreotragus oreotragus
Oreotragus oreotragus
Oreotragus oreotragus

Buphagus erythrorhynchus
A Red-billed oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus
on a female kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Buphagus erythrorhynchus Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Red-billed oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus on an impala
Saddle-billed stork, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Numida meleagris Coracias caudata Tockus leucomelas Lamprotornis nitens
Helmeted guineafowl, Numida meleagris
Lilac-breasted roller, Coracias caudata
Yellow-billed hornbill, Tockus leucomelas
Glossy starling, Lamprotornis nitens
Giraffa camelopardis
Giraffa camelopardis
Giraffa camelopardis
Giraffa camelopardis
Phacochoerus aethiopicus
Warthog, Phacochoerus aethiopicus
Loxodonta africana Ceratotherium simum
Loxodonta africana
White rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum
Equus burchelli
Burchell's zebra, Equus burchelli

Louis' favourite: vervet monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops Cercopithecus aethiops

Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops
Cercopithecus aethiops
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