Masai Mara

This will be difficult.  We were at the Mara for four days so I have probably twice as many photos.  Even though I have done the wildebeest separately, sifting through the photos has been daunting.  Lions, cheetahs and leopards will turn up in their own blog since I take so many photographs of them.

OH, hello there,Welcome to the Masai Mara!

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Follow me, I’ll show you around…

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It was fun to see the number of baby giraffe.  These giraffe were almost always near the runway.

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Lots of hippos, wherever there was water… except when they’re out of the water.  There were several more that came sliding down the path back to the water.

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What a face!

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Hanging out in this pool is hard work.  I need to rest my head….

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Like I said, hanging out is hard work!

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Looks like this guy has been fighting.

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Kids!  Always looking for trouble..

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Does my butt look big when I swish my tail?

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WHAT…. did you say????

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Back to plains… they are endless.  And the herds of wildebeest, zebra and other antelope seem endless as well.

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These are topi.  There is always one on the termite mounds keeping an eye on things.

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Impala, grants, and topi in silhouette.

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Not a particularly interesting picture but to find an ostrich egg, obviously abandoned, but still uneaten by the zillions of predators around.  Seems like a tasty meal for some small creature.

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Although these are the common ostrich, these boys are in their full breeding colors.

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This is another unusual looking antelope, the hartebeest.

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We didn’t see too many eland.  These are the heaviest antelope but are surprisingly agile.

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This little grant’s was eating something green and very hard.  He chomped and chomped and never gave up!

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A few birds… although vultures were obviously the most abundant, I’m sure you all have had enough of them. This first one, a hammerkop is one of my favorites… I just love how they look.

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The silly helmeted guinea fowl.

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Fish eagle

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ground hornbill

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And this amazing bird, the black-and-white casqued hornbill (I think), male and female.

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That’s plenty long for one blog.

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3 thoughts on “Masai Mara

  1. Well, Nancy, you did it again! These are all fantastic photos. What a strange looking bird the black and white casqued hornbill is. I have always liked the hammerkops, too. Those baby giraffe are just too sweet. They must be very young as it looks like you can still see the dried piece of umbilical cord still in place on one or more of them?? Great job. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Another great selection, especially the giraffe. I feel like you and I have photographed the same animals, just a couple of weeks apart.

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