Posts tagged “Serengeti

Gull-billed Terns


On their way to the newly replenished waters of Lake Ndutu.


Black-capped Wheatear


These stunning little birds caught my eye as they engaged in little display/courtship/territorial flights at the side of the road as we passed by.


Hyrax!


In the Serengeti you can always seem to find Hyrax around rocky outcroppings. They seem like rodents but are actually related to Elephants.


They can climb anything and the grippy pads on their feet allow them to scale nearly vertical branches.


Here is a closer look at those phenomenal feet.


You can also find them at most visitor centers. This one takes an afternoon rest cradled in a cozy rain gutter.


Grey Crowned Crane


Grey Crowned Cranes are one of those improbably coiffed, unbelievably plumaged apparitions you see in the grass and discount as the murmurings of your imagination. Look again… they are real.


This one is preening in the reeds. I’d never seen one alone before and a few moments later I discovered its mate.


Settled into the grass disguised as some sort of flower. It is hard to tell if that is a nest or just a bird taking a break. I know almost nothing about them so I’m happy to live with the mystery, even so I’m leaning towards it being a bird on eggs. Tough location though given the Leopards in the vicinity.


Time to find a nearby field to forage in.


This is obscured but I like that it shows the headdress stowed away in an aerodynamic position.


Sorry for my absence lately. That’s life I guess. BLW is back and I’ll try to get into consistent form again. Thanks for all of your comments and for the wonderful feedback. It’s great to know these images have a meaningful life out in the world and that they are appreciated.


Banded Mongoose


They not only eat termites, sometimes they evict them. This family of Banded Mongoose has taken up temporary residence in a termite mound in the Serengeti.


This is the part where I write something interesting about Mongoose but I really know nothing about them except that they’re the bees knees.


Bataleur and Tawny… err Steppe Eagle


If you see an eagle like this in Northern Tanzania and call it a Tawny Eagle you’ll be right most of the time. They do have a cousin from the north called a Steppe Eagle which has an amazing gape. The mouth extends nearly level with the back of the eye. So now that I take a closer look at this image I think it is a Steppe… but I’m open to advice on the matter.


They certainly are impressive. This one was keeping company with a juvenile bird of another species…


a young Bataleur, a strangely shaped yet supremely talented thermal rider.


They have hardly a tail to speak of but don’t seem hampered in the least. Great birds.


River Crossing


When crossing rivers in the Serengeti use caution. That tiny ripple in the distance is actually a drop off and we sunk hood-deep in the current as we crossed. We were the last to attempt it that particular day. You can use that little mirror on the left to get a sense of the depth.