Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mara Cheetah- Kenya

Cheetah with cub (kitten?) in the Masa Mara..... with just a leeeeetle bit of Photoshop embellishment.....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Martial Eagle, Nairobi Park- Kenya

The Martial Eagle preys on large birds and medium sized mammal (e.g. hares). It is impressively large- up to 33 inches  in length & inhabits open plains and bushland.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Elephant- Masai Mara, Kenya

Who needs a background when you have such a magnificent foreground! I 'shopped out some distraction here.....

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fruit Bat- Seychelles

Large populations of the Giant Fruit Bat, or' Flying Fox' Pteropus seychellensis are found throughout the Seychelles archipelego as well as the Comoros and a couple islands off the coast of Tanzania. They are primarily though not strictly nocturnal, with the odd individual seen flying over forest at all times of the day. They emerge in large numbers from dense colonies in the evenings, often flying considerable distances between islands. The wingspan of this individual could be around 75 cm (30").

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Long-Tailed Tropicbird- Seychelles

Commonly seen soaring the updrafts along cliff-edges or dipping for fish in the ocean in the Seychelles, the Long-Tailed Tropicbird is a graceful and efficient flier.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dragonfly flight- Seychelles

Caught this 4-inch long dragonfly mid-hover at Ans Major beach in the Seychelles earlier this week. Google map HERE.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fig Tree (ficus)- Masai Mara, Kenya

This Fig tree (ficus) lives near the Tanzanian border in the south-western Mara. It really is a spectacular living creature and was swarming with Green Pigeons feeding on an abundance of small green figs.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Masai Mara Cheetah & Cub- Kenya

Love the punkish mane cheetah cubs sport. Not sure the reason though- to make them look more fierce & larger? Camoflague? Insulation? We may never know.....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Martial Eagle- Nairobi Kenya

A Martial Eagle in Nairobi Game Park. One of the largest birds of prey found in open scrub-land savanna throughout East Africa.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rather Large Grasshopper- Nairobi Kenya

This chap was a good 9 cm long- excluding antennae. Fortunately there wasn't a plague of them, so my backyard was spared total destruction.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hada Ibis- Nairobi Kenya

An Ibis from Nairobi Park. They are attracted to muddy & marshy areas & poke around in the mud for food using their rather specialised poking equipment....

Friday, September 2, 2011

Secretary Bird, Nairobi Park- Kenya

A Secretary Bird from Nairobi Park. Early explorers named it due to the 'quill pens behind its ears'.... or so the story goes. They stalk the long grass looking for lizards, grasshoppers, snakes, frogs etc.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Serval Cat- Masai Mara Kenya

Another of a series of photos taken of a male Serval Cat in the Masai Mara.  I found him in the tall grassland not far from the river... just about HERE.