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Termite mania

With the onset of the rains some of our termite mounds here at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge – Selous, are starting to produce their annual eruption of protein on the wing. I never cease to be amazed at the variety of wildlife that cashes in on this event. It leads one to wonder if, maybe, there is some kind of addictive compound in a termite’s bodily makeup. Species that are normally unapproachable, other than with extreme care, seem to throw caution to the winds as they rush about gobbling up this bounty. Good news for Wildlife Photographers as it opens up a whole range of photographic opportunities that are not normally on offer. I have been able to approach within a few yards of species such as Guinea Fowl, Francolin, Hamerkops, migrating Steppe eagles and even Lizards. They all seem completely preoccupied and oblivious to their surroundings. They appear to be totally intent on stuffing down as many of their unfortunate prey as they can, in as fast a time as possible. Here a predatory Wasp and a horror film sized Ant join in the feast.

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