Monthly Archives: January 2012

bicycle path

January 26      Sunlight is slicing through the afternoon clouds when I arrive at the forest gallery along the bicycle path.  My plan is to relocate my camera-trap. The thick understory smothers what little breeze there was on my … Continue reading

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Naja melanoleuca, forest cobra

Agile, fast, difficult to approach, the forest cobra would rather flee than take a stand.  Sometimes called a black and white cobra, this serpent can be found in forest galleries, savannas, plantations, and villages throughout the Gamba region.  They can … Continue reading

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spirits of the night

Monday, January 16 I was reading a book last Thursday evening on the patio, waiting for a 7pm talk sponsored by Smithsonian to begin at the nearby Yenzi Club.  The day had slid into twilight, shadows had overtaken the camp, … Continue reading

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elephant after dark

Jan 07, 2012   Saturday afternoon and Lisa and Emily and I are driving up to Vera Plaine to retrieve my stealth camera placed on a forest trail two weeks ago.  Andrew showed me a compelling site he had discovered … Continue reading

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I brake for pythons

Wednesday, Jan 4    Once again, I am off bicycling around Gamba.  This time, to the other side of Yenzi lake.  The wild mangoes have dropped their fruits, and the villagers have been busy collecting them for the kernel inside … Continue reading

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happy new year

December 31, 2011   Lisa and I are invited to go camping at Point Pedras, a 20-kilometre drive up the coast from Yenzi.  We arrive by mid-afternoon and have camp set up in time for happy hour. While exploring the … Continue reading

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Hippo encounters

Thursday, Dec. 29   6:45am.      Andrew and Kate Benc and sons Patrick and Richard stop by Casse 33 on their way to Shell jetty on N’Dogo lagoon for a day of fishing.  Celestine greets us at the jetty with … Continue reading

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African Emerald Cuckoo

Tuesday, Dec. 22     During a morning ride for a baguette, I hear the penetrating three-tone song I associate so clearly with the African landscape.  It is nearby in the canopy of a tree, and I stop to search … Continue reading

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