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Rosy bee-eaters, Lope Hotel in Gabon

Not a great shot, but this was the best I could do with these beautiful bee-eaters.




Black-faced canary Ivindo Town in Gabon

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Black-faced canary Ivindo Town in Gabon




Ogooue River from the air Lope National Park in Gabon

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Ogooue River from the air Lope National Park in Gabon




Western lowland gorillas at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Western lowland gorillas at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Rainforest tree Mikongo Forest in Lope National Park in Gabon

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Rainforest tree Mikongo Forest in Lope National Park in Gabon




Forest elephants ar Langoue Bai, Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Forest elephants ar Langoue Bai, Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Forest buffalo and yellow-billed oxpeckers, Lope National Park in Gabon

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Forest buffalo and yellow-billed oxpeckers, Lope National Park in Gabon




Rhinoceros viper, Mikongo Forest, Lope National Park in Gabon

That's close enough!

While walking one of the trails through the rainforest one of our guides spotted this rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis) lying hidden amongst the undergrowth right beside the trail. These snakes rely on their extraordinary camouflage for hunting, their strategy is to lie completely motionless and wait for a rodent or other small animal to come past and then strike. It is also part of their defence against any possible predators that might try and have a go at them, the obvious downside to being almost invisible is it leaves them vulnerable to being stepped on by mistake.

If you get too close to one they will generally give a warning hiss to reveal their presence, if you don't then back off, they may strike. If it doesn't hiss or you've already stepped too close you could be in trouble. These snakes are highly venomous so our guides weren't too happy when I got a little closer to take some photos, however I was confident that if I didn't push my luck the snake would not react at all. They are pretty placid animals if you don't provoke them, even so I certainly had no intention of getting within striking range.

Had one of the guides not spotted the snake we would have walked right beside it, needless to say our guides didn't think that was a good idea, so after I'd finished taking photos we turned around and walked a different way.




Road Mikongo Forest, Lope National Park in Gabon

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Road Mikongo Forest, Lope National Park in Gabon




Waiting for the train, Ivindo Station in Gabon

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Waiting for the train, Ivindo Station in Gabon




View from the train Lope National Park in Gabon

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View from the train Lope National Park in Gabon




Liana Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Liana Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Forest elephant chasing cattle egret

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Forest elephant chasing cattle egret




View of the Ogooue River from the train in Gabon

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View of the Ogooue River from the train in Gabon




Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Rainforest, Mikongo Forest Lope National Park in Gabon

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Rainforest, Mikongo Forest Lope National Park in Gabon




Immature palmnut vulture at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Immature palmnut vulture at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Rainforest in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Rainforest in Ivindo National Park in Gabon




Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon

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Forest elephants at Langoue Bai in Ivindo National Park in Gabon





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