It's a pity that the phrase 'big five' was coined, because there are so many other African animals that could be included. For a start, one of Africa's most beautiful animals, the cheetah, really should be in the 'five'.
Then there's the golden eagle, a species which did manage to survive the attentions of the nation's gamekeepers and egg collectors. So that makes two.
Why did these thoughts come to mind? Well, the four Ardnamurchan pictures here were all taken yesterday, the first three on our walk, and the last at half past five in the evening when it was almost too dark to see - but just light enough to watch a pod of dolphins passing the bay below our house, several of them leaping high out of the water.
Many thanks to Alasdair Thornton for drawing our attention to the dolphins.