Serengeti, part 4

Lots to see in the Serengeti as you have probably figured out by now…

Probably not the best way to start a blog post but it definitely represents life,,, and death,,, on the plains of Africa.

(it seems that some of the photos are cut off when it posts to the blog.  if you see that, you can click on the picture and the entire photo will show up.. and they are bigger…)

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Then there’s very lazy life… full stomachs, hot afternoon.. what else should you do?

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As you can see, vehicles are fairly close and the lions couldn’t care less.  Lots of yawning going on…

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I love my cameras… you can even see the flies buzzing around!

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Time to wake up and move on.

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So everyone in that vehicle was quite excited to have the lioness stroll by them so closely.  Those of us in the other car could see what she was actually doing back there… peeing!  Probably marking it as part of her territory!

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You may have noticed the magenta in many of these photos.  It happens on bright overcast days.  I now know how to correct it in the camera so the photos won’t take on that tint.  It can be corrected in post production but I still don’t really know how to make my way around that stuff so it will have to wait.  Meanwhile… so many newborns on the plains!

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love the long lines of wildebeest just walking…

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Wildebeest and zebra are not the only ones that gather on the plains.  These appear to be both Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles.

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Slender mongoose..

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Don’t know this bird but it was a poser..

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brown parrot… not good photos but I’m always excited to see any of the parrots.

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more little birds.. only know the roller.

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Love the little ‘pantaloons’..

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You are about to see a ridiculous number of  photos of dung beetles!  I’ve tried very hard to pare it down to a few.  Most of us had never seen dung beetles in action so it was quite an exciting moment for us.  It amazes me how round the balls are and how they just seem to know where they want it to go.  I’m sure it’s egg laying season because once we started looking we found quite a few.

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You’ll have to bear with me here… the hooded vulture is a new one for me.  I am fascinated by vultures and appreciate their vital role.  Sadly, many are in  sharp decline because they are dying after feeding on poisoned carcasses.

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This one is an immature hooded vulture.

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We saw these hyenas in this pond.  I have seen many pictures of hyena messing around in the water.  Even storing food in there to be retrieved later.  I never imagined that I would actually see it.

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Always on the look out for ‘problems’…

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We realized this one was actually looking for something which was eventually found.  The other was simply enjoying playing in the water just like a kid!  Splashing, dunking… how could anyone believe that animals don’t play simply for the joy of doing it!?!?!?

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This one simply could not get enough of using its paws to make the biggest splash possible.  Incredibly cute and gave us all a good laugh.

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Where is it??

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Got it!

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Even while this one snacked on the retrieved carcass, the other continued to play in the water.

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You can almost see the contentment on this one’s face… a romp in the water followed by a midday snack.

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This is an immature secretary bird.  It seems to have chosen this tree for its roost.  We saw it settling in as evening arrived and also found him one morning there as well.  I love the eyes on this bird.

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This the African harrier hawk.  It is a beautiful bird.  Couldn’t ever see what it was ‘hunting’; I suspect it was probably little lizards.  We were actually at quite a distance from the bird.  This is a first for me so once again you’re subjected to more than enough photos.

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This has grown quite long.  I apologize for such lengthy entries but it is partly selfish on my part… it’s a lot easier to go through these when I want to see them than scroll through the hundreds and hundreds I have on the computer. Smile

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2 thoughts on “Serengeti, part 4

  1. Don’t apologise Nancy, the more the better in my eyes. There are so many good shots here, but the one that jumps out at me is the one of the Secretary Bird no. 5490. Fantastic photos of the hyenas, oh I would love to have been there to see that. You have captured their every move so well.
    I have never seen photos of lions surrounded by such green growth. The colours make for some great photos. And the plains and the large herd of Tommies and Grants, just beautiful to see so many together.
    Wonderful entry and if it wasn’t so late here, I could write on for a long time to come.
    Thanks Nancy, I think you know just how much I am enjoying your trip.

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