Friday, March 29, 2013

Amboseli Lion

Amboseli lions commonly look somewhat shabby due to skin conditions caused by living in/on the salt-flats. This young black-maned male looks pretty good, possibly a visitor from outside the area.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amboseli Elephants- The New Generation

With a two year gestation period, elephants are slow to respond to changing environmental conditions in terms of birth-rates. A classic baby boom has been observed in Amboseli with over 200 calves added to the herds during 2012. The trigger was the end of a long drought  in 2010 and exceptionally good rains through to the present.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Goshawk- Laikipia Kenya

A Goshawk from Laikipia. Might be a Gabar Goshawk on account of the white tip to the tail.... otherwise the more common Pale Chanting Goshawk. Hard to tell when perched.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Genet Cat- Laikipia Kenya

This Genet is one of a pair that has made their home in the roof of Borana Lodge, Laikipia.

For more on Genet Cats, which are related to the Mongoose: Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yellow-throated Long Claw, Masai Mara Kenya

A Yellow-throated Long Claw from the Masai Mara. Note how browsed down this vegetation is- got to be tough to survive that!

And for a good example of 'convergent evolution', check out just how similar the north American Meadowlark is to this bird.... similar dry grassland habitats as well.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Masai Mara Leopard

One of the few leopards I've seen lately.... and none of them were any closer than this- from lose to the Mara Marshlands.