Woodland, Benoue National Park
|Benoue National Park is indicated by the red arrow, bounded to the east by the Benoue River and to the west by the main south-north highway.|
|Loder's Kob male, Kobus loderi, Benoue National Park.|
This relatively recently recognised species is found across central Africa from Nigeria to western Sudan.
|Benoue accommodation. ('My' room below.)|
|Dining room - however it's a case of 'bring your own cook'!|
|Children of Benoue; I couldn't make out what the game was.|
|Olive Baboon Papio anubis; not tame, but not intimidated by us. A powerful species, found right across central Africa.|
|Red-flanked Duiker Cephalophus rufilatus; tiny and shy!|
|Abyssinian Ground Hornbills Bucorvus abyssinicus; very early morning, not much light - sorry.|
In the case of their facial adornments, it's blue for girls, red for boys.
|Black-bellied Bustard Lissotis melanogaster female.|
Unlike some of the species already mentioned, this superb beast is found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.
|This however was our destination and we spent a very pleasant and rewarding morning here - though the residents (below) were highly suspicious of us.|
|Guereza Colobus Colobus guereza (it goes by a variety of common names);|
surely one of the most beautiful of all monkeys, and one I'd long wanted to see.
I spent quite some time with this family of eight or so.
|Egyptian Plover, also called the Crocodile Bird for its supposed habit of providing dental hygiene service to crocs;|
sadly this doesn't actually seem to be based on fact.
|Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima; this beauty lays claim to being the world's largest kingfisher, though the title is hotly disputed by our own Laughing Kookaburra.|
|Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata, is one of the smallest, barely a quarter the Giant's size.|
|Red-throated Bee-eater, being especially confiding.|
|Sweat Bees; the term is used for a wide variety of bees that are attracted to excreted salt, but fortunately in Africa they are mostly stingless little characters in the same family as honeybees, Apidae.|