Elephant with Cattle Egrets

After a cup of tea in the dawn halflight, we left our camp to go down the escarpment and across the plain to the second pool. There was more vegetation surrounding this pool, and as a result, there were a lot more birds around. A pair of malachite kingfishers hunted at the shallow end, resplendent in their blues, greens and chestnut brown. A flycatcher hawked for insects, returning to its perch a couple of yards from where we sat, while a flock of ducks foraged on the opposite bank.

Then an elephant appeared, striding through the trees, accompanied by a small flock of cattle egrets who were feasting on the insects disturbed by the passing of their huge companion. He came straight for the pool, flopped into the water, and luxuriated in its muddy coolness.

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