Samburu

Samburu is a National Reserve.  The weather was much warmer although the nights were still a bit chilly.    These little dik-diks were common.  It’s hard to believe this is an antelope species because it is so small.   As you can see, they blend in well with their environment.

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Then there’s the gerenuk.  I have seen pictures of these guys but I never imagined that I would be taking my own.

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The oryx and their amazingly long horns is a large antelope that I haven’t seen before.

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Then there are the ubiquitous impala.  A ram and his little herd.

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The other creature I was looking forward to seeing was the Grevy’s zebra.  We also spent a day with a researcher who is focused on increasing their numbers.  There are only pockets of Grevy’s zebra left in the entire continent of Africa.  Obviously a highly endangered species.

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The reticulated giraffe is truly a beautiful animal.

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When you consider how tall a giraffe is and then see it in its landscape, you can easily feel the great expanse of Africa.  It is critical that the people of Africa can find a way to preserve these great expanses that hold such a diversity of life as they enter the industrialized world.   Such is the work of AWF.

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Until I arrived in Kenya I didn’t know this ostrich existed.  This is the Somali ostrich which I’ve mentioned before.  I can’t get over how blue they are.

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Now that I’m on the subject of birds, check out this martial eagle.  Does he look perpetually pissed off???

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A few images of other birds..

blue naped mousebird

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vulturine guinea fowl

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superb starling

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secretary bird with ‘quills’ blowing in the wind.  I was so excited to see so many of them.

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gray kingfisher

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tawny eagle with a meal

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a barbet

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lilac breasted roller (my favorite, obviously)

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A francolin, I think

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I think this is an African Pygmy falcon!

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yellow and red billed hornbills

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I didn’t intend to get distracted by birds so the rest is going in a second blog.

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3 thoughts on “Samburu

  1. These are absolutely superb. I love them all, but it was your martial eagle ones (especially the last one) that made me laugh out loud. I love the tiny dik diks, too. They have the tinest feet. Again, thanks so very much for sharing these great African wildlife photos with us.

  2. You captured some good shots here. The shots that stood out to me were the last shot of the Gerenuk male, the last shot of the Martial Eagle absolutely outstanding and the Grevy Zebra butt shot as he is walking away from the camera, with just his ears seen above his butt. Great shot.

  3. I love all of your photos. Great job! I read that there are more Grevy Zebras in captivity than there are in the wild. So sad.

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