Ngorogoro Crater, part 3

Another Abdim’s stork.. love the color.

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duck, duck, goose!  Actually the ducks are red billed teals and the goose is called the spur winged goose.  Mostly of you probably don’t care that much about which bird is which, but it is a challenge for me to figure it out.

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More Grant’s gazelles..

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Another kori bustard but this fellow decided that perhaps he should look for a bit of food.  Even so, he never stopped his display.

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More Cokes hartebeest.. I find their horns to be fascinating, they way they come out of their head.

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These are eland.  They are the largest antelope species and quite agile but they are also quite skittish.  It’s hard to get close to them.   I can’t quite figure out why they are so shy since their size seems intimidating to predators other than lions.

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Amazingly enough, out of all this grass and bush, a golden jackal suddenly appeared.  Although the other name for this jackal is the common jackal, it doesn’t seem all that common to me compared the the black backed jackal which is ubiquitous.  You never see an African landscape without black backed jackal.  This is the third type of jackal I have seen.DPP_3775DPP_3776DPP_3778DPP_3780DPP_3782DPP_3784DPP_3786DPP_3788DPP_3790DPP_3792DPP_3793

More zebra enjoying life.

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Lots of wildbeest and their calves..

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Another fuzzy hyena pup or cub.. never sure what they are called.

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Poor little guy seems to have a wound on his/her back.

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Just more grazers..

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This little Thompson’s gazelle appears to me to be pregnant.  Their bellies usually don’t bulge just from eating grass…

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Lots of new babies….

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ducks and a den… whose, I don’t know!

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cattle egret.. usually they surround elephants, snatching the bugs that the elephants stir up when they walk.

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It’s unusual to see hippo out of the water during the day.  They usually feed at night.  Anyway, it’s always a treat to see the entire hippo rather than just a head.

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And last, but hardly least, is the serval!  Actually, two together but you’ll only see them both on the road.  This was definitely the highlight of my time in the crater!

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Kinda like “Get the hell off my road!”

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Didn’t come up with any rodent dangling from its mouth although it did seem to swallow something so perhaps it was a big bug and another mouse lived to see another day….

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And then they were gone!

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5 thoughts on “Ngorogoro Crater, part 3

  1. And I can well understand how seeing the Servals was the highlight of your time in the Crater. What a great find and an awesome photo of the ‘pounce”.
    A truly great shot of the Abdim Stork, what a striking bird. I don’t believe I have ever seen one, well not close up anyway.
    The Crater definitely gave you a taste of everything. I am sure it is just the beginning of seeing new borns from your trip but the Crater has given us a taste of what I am sure you saw in the Serengeti.

    I know just how long all the processing and creating of blogs take, so I thank you now for all your effort. It is wonderful seeing and hearing about your trip.

  2. I am not sure that you know just how much I enjoy you sharing your trip with us. For the short time I spend looking at your photos and reading your words, I feel like I am in another place.

  3. That’s kind of you to say, Sandra. Working through them takes me back there.. and sometimes a photo brings a smile to my face when I remember the events surrounding it.

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