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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


The "ugly five" is, of course, an unofficial designation for five of the less-attractive beasties one sees in the African wild. Here they are, in all their dubious glory:

1. I'll lead off with a remarkably repulsive bird, the marabou stork. It's huge--5 feet/1.5 meters tall); here the four of them look like a line of undertakers, at a Botswana watering hole:






2. And here's one all by itself; perhaps it shows that, uh, odd head a bit better:






3. Smile for the camera! This bird deserves its place in this group!






4. Next up in this august group are the vultures; here's a hooded vulture in Zimbabwe; magnificent below the neck, but not so much from the neck up:






5. But the white-backed vulture isn't so bad, as it sits atop a termite mound in Botswana:






6. From some angles, the warthog can seem downright cute (Zimbabwe):






7. From others, it richly deserves its place here (Botswana):






8. The wildebeest isn't ugly so much as it can appear to be a mis-matched collection of parts (Zimbabwe):






9. And this juvenile in Botswana is quite handsome:






10. And I end with the hyena; I never saw an adult, but these cubs (yes, they are called cubs) in Botswana are pretty cute, I think:






Mark




Nov 08, 2017 at 05:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Very nice collection, it brings back memories of our trip in February!
TFS,
BOB



Nov 08, 2017 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Very nicely done.

Birdie



Nov 08, 2017 at 08:41 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Mom will put your fine images on her wall Mark.

Morris



Nov 08, 2017 at 11:10 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Well done Mark ~ Ron


Nov 09, 2017 at 12:35 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


The animals may be ugly, but the images are not. Well done.

~Mansur



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


nice lookin set Mark


Nov 09, 2017 at 08:31 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Maybe ugly to some, but to me gorgeous, because it means if I am photographing them I AM in Africa, and how can you beat that!!
Don



Nov 09, 2017 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Great set of images and I loved reading the commentary.


Nov 09, 2017 at 04:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Very well done.


Nov 10, 2017 at 05:27 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Thanks all; it was a wonderful trip!


Nov 10, 2017 at 08:03 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Africa's "Ugly Five" (ten images)


Never seen such a bunch of ugly critters, Mark, captured well.
Rex



Nov 10, 2017 at 10:46 PM







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