|A 'harem' of female kob|
|The lucky and very busy dominant male|
|Stuart says taking photos of kob in Uganda is like|
taking pictures of cows in Scotland.
|Buffalo - the only one of the Big Five we could 'tick'.|
|Rwenzori Mountains to the south|
|A bucolic landscape: the eastern escarpment with buffalo and warthogs.|
|Walking between Kichwamba and Karagutu along the unfinished road.|
|New road waiting for tarmac.|
|Off to Congo...|
|...and back to Fort Portal.|
|The restaurant at Semliki Safari Lodge|
|This troop of olive baboons clearly thinks it has priority.|
|Like sheep, kob just follow each other.|
|A fore-shortened view of a four-foot lizard.|
|£125 is a fortune in Uganda.|
|A peaceful corner of the garden|
|The view from our tent, complete with early morning primate calls.|
|Camping, but not as we know it.|
|Why did the scouts never think of thatched roofs and balconies?|
|Swimming pool in the bush.|
|Lesser-striped swallow high in the sky...|
|...and briefly at rest.|
|Hopping from foot to foot, waiting for me to leave.|
I'm between them and their nest.
I spent ages pottering around trying to photograph butterflies with my new camera, but made no attempt to identify them. I find birds difficult enough!
The moths were quite pretty too, though I'm not a great fan of them, especially when they try to fly into my face.
I even snapped some creepy-crawlies. Some were swimmers, including a cute little water beetle and a sinister creature which looked like a three-inch lobster.
A creepy-crawlie of the flying kind was a sort of variation on a wasp.
However, we didn't just laze around the lodge. Despite the apparent lack of 'dangerous' beasts, there were a lot of wild creatures to see out on the grassland, and not all of them looked all that peaceful - except the dead ones, of course.
|A well-endowed warthog.|
|What's for tea tonight? Uganda kob, our favourite.... |
Patient African white-backed vulture waiting its turn.
|Palmnut vultures take a bird's eye view of the kill.|
|And now the marabou storks tuck in.|
|A threatening presence overhead.|
|Bataleur with red beak and red feet.|
|African white-backed vulture waiting for the carrion on the ground.|
|and up in the trees.|
|A white-headed vulture, I think.|
|'My manners are tearing off heads...' (Ted Hughes 'The Hawk')|
|Baboon reluctant to share its picnic.|
However, we also saw more tranquil scenes, such as the mutual cooperation between this bird and the buffalo from whose back it is picking insects.
We saw helmeted guinea fowl, pecking away
We saw this white-bellied bustard, barely distinguishable from the grass through which it was stalking.
And we saw beautiful creatures like these two waterbuck.
We came away from the Semliki Reserve thoroughly rested and stunned by the beauty around us. We hadn't expected anything quite so varied, quite so tranquil or quite so lovely.