More elephants… but notice the difference in color. This herd has been wallowing and dusting with very red dirt which is completely different than the elephants in the previous photos.
This is one of the little five (as opposed to the big five)…. a leopard tortoise.
More elephants… tired of them yet? I wouldn’t blame you… numerous photos just aren’t as interesting as the real thing!
These were the first cats we saw and they were not close. But there were plenty of lion sightings later.
Okay… I know they are ugly and many people prefer not to look at them but I find their ugliness fascinating and besides, they play an important part in the health of the ecosystem. It was late afternoon when we passed this area and apparently the maribou storks were planning to roost here. I chose to call it the Maribou hotel! I have never seen so many in one place.
Just a few cape buffalo. Many more of them later.
Notice that the smaller elephant obviously hasn’t been using the local dirt..
Boys being boys.. notice the use of their ‘fifth’ leg..
And another herd!
Safely surrounded by mother and sisters, this little one had to demonstrate the proper way to intimidate the interlopers.
Ears flat, demonstration over.
Not too many vultures seen. Not sure why but I do know they are in decline. It worries me.
Jackals are quite enterprising in their search for food. They scavenge and hunt. Don’t know what this one was eating but it looked like dung.
I believe this is the brown snake eagle. I’m bad about writing down the names of birds so I’m just as likely to be wrong as to be right.
If you look at the legs of this giraffe you can see dark skin and some over growth. It is like a sort of mange (I forget, hopefully someone will correct me) that leads to joint trouble which leads to difficulties with walking and sometimes an early death.
This baobob tree has a hole in it. They have been favored hideouts for poachers. I learned a few things about baobobs. Although they are called trees, they are made completely from fiber. So they can split, grow together, withstand constant abuse from elephants and still continue to grow. A two thousand year old baobob is quite common.
These are Coke’s hartebeest. They remained far away so it was difficult to get a clear photo.
This vervet monkey has the youngest baby I have ever seen. I doubt if it’s more than a couple of days old.
This ‘kissing’ behavior among primates is asking permission to proceed.. with whatever. I assume this other vervet wants to approach her and the baby and needs to know that it is permitted.
Small raptor…. lesser kestral, perhaps?
I think this is the little bee eater or the blue cheeked bee eater. There are several that are similar and I’m not good at remembering the differences.
This is a buffalo weaver… another of the little five.
Another failed attempt at capturing flight..
I believe this is the blue-cheeked bee eater.
Tons more elephants, literally and figuratively…
Typical child… get too involved in playing and forget everyone has moved on.
Youngsters bashing an already bashed tree.
Although this male ostrich is in his mating colors, he is even a brighter red because of the soil.
Warthogs with their fascinating faces!
And yet another family….
Our attempt to catch impala leaping. Close, but no cigar…
These are European white storks that winter here. They were everywhere… along with their maribou cousins.
Then there is the kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird. I finally saw them strutting their stuff in the Ngorogoro crater so those will come later. They are an impressive bird when you realize how large they are.
I believe this is the martial eagle although this one doesn’t have the spotted chest I am familiar with. Perhaps a juvenile… or perhaps something else altogether!
Group of rangers off to work. Their job these days is more than a little dangerous.
A herd of zebra with a very little foal enjoying being alive.
Notice the messed up stripes on the side of the zebra. It’s probably from a large wound. I’ve seen some horrible looking gashes on animals and then seen photos of the same animal later and it’s all healed up. It amazes me how efficient they are at healing themselves.
Some wildebeest with newborns. But soooo many more on the Serengeti.
Giraffe.. pretty much the last wildlife we saw before moving on. Seems like so many times, giraffe are there to greet you and then to say goodbye…
That’s it for Tarangire..