Friday, March 30, 2012

White-Bellied 'Go Away Bird- Laikipia Kenya

I know I've shown pics of this species here before, but the Go-Away Bird is such a poser for the camera, it's hard not to take photos.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sea of Grass- Masai Mara, Kenya

After a good rainy season the Mara is a sea of grass. If this area wasn't protected it would be one of the most productive wheat farming land in Africa.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beautiful Sunbird- Baringo Kenya

This is the Beautiful Sunbird'- Nectarinia pulchella. Not very common in my records, this was from Island Camp on Lake Baringo. There are some 60 species of sunbirds in East Africa but only one is officially called 'Beautiful'!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gikururu Falls- Aberdare Mountains, Kenya

The Gikururu river has it's source at over 12,000 ft (4000m) in the moorlands of the Aberdares range in central Kenya. It's clear (though slightly peat-stained) cold water supports a thriving Brown Trout population which was first introduced in the 1890's from Europe via South Africa.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A New Gnu. Amboseli Kenya

The annual crop of baby wildebeest in Amboseli are born all within the same week Late February to early March. This one is only minutes old & already able to run with it's exhausted mother if necessary.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elephant at Sunset- Amboseli Park, Kenya

Amboseli sunsets are almost as famous as Amboseli elephants. This is a young adult female.

To see where this Elephant lives- go HERE

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cape Buffalo- Masai Mara Kenya

This full grown male Cape Buffalo from Masai Mara must be carrying a fair weight of dried mud. He also appears to have the disease Brucellosis- as evidenced by the swollen knee.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Impala- Amboseli Park, Kenya

Amboseli is green and blooming, providing energy for these young female impala to race each other in the morning.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dawn on Mt. Kilimanjaro- from Amboseli Kenya

The main peak of Kilimanjaro is Kibo- the smaller peak is called Mawenzi- meaning 'moon' in Swahili. An appropriate name.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baby Elephant- Amboseli Park, Kenya

One of the new crop of some 200 babies born over the past couple months in Amboseli. Elephant have been waiting for good rains during a prolonged 3 year dry spell during which reproductive activity was very low.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Young Olive Baboon- Amboseli Kenya

While I don't particularly appreciate baboons much- especially around my safari campsites- the young ones can certainly appear innocent......

Monday, March 5, 2012

Eastern Green Mamba, Amboseli Kenya

The arboreal Eastern Green Mamba rarely ventures down from trees. It's a long slim snake, and highly venomous- attaining lengths of up to 2.5 m (8 ft). It is rather shy though, and unlike the related Black Mamba, rarely strikes unless provoked. This one was spotted near the Amboseli swamps.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mara River Crocodile- Masai Mara Kenya

This is a BIG brute of a croc- maybe 13 ft long (4m). Probably a bit hungry as it's still 6 months away from the wildebeest migration....