Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wildebeest & the Mara River

As if swimming across croc-infested rivers wasn't enough, many Wildebeest don't make it to the water's edge due to poor judgement in choosing crossing points. Survival of the smartest just doesn't seem to be a factor in this animal's evolution.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cheetah Brothers, Masai Mara Kenya

I've posted a couple other pics of these Cheetah brothers before- hopefully not this one. This pair wanders back and forth across the broad grasslands between the Mara Triangle (in Kenya) and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Cheetah territories within the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem are usually over 30 square kilometers in size.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Silver Backed Jackal, Masai Mara Kenya

Silver-Backed Jackal. Commonly seen in pairs, these small canids are considered to be an ancient species & little changed since the Pleistocene era which ended some 12,000 year ago. Why change the design if it works??

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Learning to Graze, Masai Mara Kenya

Grasp, pull, kick. It takes a bit of practice, but this is how elephants graze. The 'kick' uses the toenails to scuff at the base of the grass to loosen it from the earth and dislodge soil from roots. Excess soil is shaken off with a flick of the trunk. This little fellow is aiming a bit high....

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mongoose & Puff Adder, Masai Mara Kenya

If there's one thing that gets a group Banded Mongooses excited, it's a big 'ol Puff Adder. This was a stand-off in the Mara. The snake didn't strike & the dozen or so Mongooses kept juuuuuust out of reach.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Saddle-billed Stork, Masai Mara Kenya

A Saddle-Billed Stork. One of the larger birds to seen stalking the veldt or wading in swamps. Male and female are are virtually identical- this is a female as evidenced by it's bright yellow eyes (male eyes are brown).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lilac-breasted Roller, Masai Mara Kenya

A Lilac-breasted Roller from the Mara. This species in the Mara is unusually nonchalant & normally allows vehicles to approach to within a few meters.

Monday, May 8, 2017