Serengeti, part 5

Just a few more entries in the Serengeti and a couple of places on the way to the plane to take us back to Arusha.

A little family time..

 

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I’m guessing this is the rufous crowned roller..

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Tawny eagle I think) in lighter colors..

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We almost missed this pride.  Our sharp eyed teenager spotted them walking down this little side road as we drove past.  So we backed up and watched them come down the road, cross and into the field beyond.

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Now the cubs…

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Another lioness..

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More cubs..

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about to cross the road behind us..

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We encountered this bull just quietly walking through this very tall grass.  When you realize how big these elephants are and see the grass that long, it’s a wonder we saw anything other than the biggest of big.

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And there he goes..

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A herd of buffalo..

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with a bit of half hearted sparring..

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More hartebeest… looking at the photos with the light glancing off the tips of the horns, I see how sharp their horns are!

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Topi is another antelope species that is rather odd looking.  I saw tons of these in the Mara, many standing on top of ant hills, looking over the plains like sentries.  This was the only time we saw them.

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Headed down the road for a stroll…

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And a snack..

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This is a martial eagle.. a very large eagle.

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This was the most leopard action we got.  A mother and cub, quite far away.  This is cropped quite a bit.

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No idea what was so interesting in the tree…

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They blend in soooo well.

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More bat earred fox.. I just learned that they eat 1.5 million termites each in a year!

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On our way to the ‘airport’, we made a couple of stops.  I think this was the park headquarters (?).  I don’t remember…

But these are weaver nests; the ones with tubal openings are new to me.

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And the bird that makes it..

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Rock hyrax… they were all over the place and quite tame.  I’d only ever seen them before from quite a distance.

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Stephen photobombing the hyrax photo!

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And last, but hardly least, is the hippo pool.  This is the most hippos I’ve seen crowded into a space.  It was surprisingly calm with all those big bodies in there.  There were plenty of ‘teenage’ boys in there, practicing being aggressive with each other, training for the day they might want their own wallowing herd.  But although you may not be able to guess by size from photos, you can see how small their teeth are.  Definitely youngsters.

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These little guys are kind of cute, don’t you think?

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And elsewhere, complete and utter contentment..

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These hippos have just pooped on each other..

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You can see the wonky tooth on this big one.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t a good many hippos here with wounds from that since it’s outside the mouth and they hang out so closely together.

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Lots of little ones in this pool.

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The only crocodile here.  In fact, we never saw any other crocs… not that they weren’t at any other location, but we didn’t seem them.

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So I’ve been hoping for some photos of ‘yawning’ hippos for a couple of trips now.  I finally got some!

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Oxpeckers diligently going about their business..

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This dead hippo has a monitor lizard on it.  The lizard seems to have bitten off more than it can chew, so to speak.  Although I didn’t get it, the poor creature lost its footing and slipped off his tasty meal, scrambling to regain its footing.  It didn’t have any luck, at least while we were watching.

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Here we left our guides to drive the vehicles back to Arusha while we flew.  It was hard to say good bye to them when you’ve been together nearly two weeks.

These are the tse tse fly traps.  Apparently they are attracted to blue.  Glad I didn’t bring any with me to wear because even I, who normally is ignored by biting insects, was subjected to some tse tse fly bites!

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Loved the tinga tinga painted on the planes.

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So five entries later, I’m finally done with the Serengeti.  I do wish I could be more discerning about how many to select.  After a break in Arusha, several of us went onto Ruaha for four days.

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2 thoughts on “Serengeti, part 5

  1. Well, I for one am happy that you haven’t being so discerning about how many photos you show. I know from reading photography tips, that you should only display the best but then there is people like me who want to know the whole story no matter how good or bad the photos might be.

    Loved this entry and can’t believe you had so many amazing sightings of Hyenas. Some photos that stood out to me were 5616 and 5620.

    The lions walking down the dirt road with the hills in the distant background , and the long, lush green grass 3948.

    Again that long grass plays a striking part in your photos with the elephant. Specifically 5727 I loved. I even called Tony over to see how long the grass was.

    Great buffalo shots 5840 and 5842, and the Martial Eagle 5810. Like your great sightings with Hyenas, I am surprised at how many Bat Earred Fox sightings you had. 5812 was my pick here.

    And finally the Hippos, there is something about these animals that I really love. Maybe it’s all the noise they make and there aggressive bullying amongst each other. There is always something happening in a Hippo Pool, never a dull moment. Loved 5936 and 5943.

    Thanks Nancy for the journey back to the Serengeti.yYou may have quenched my thirst for a short time but I know the desire to go back will not be far away.

    I am looking forward to seeing Ruaha through your eyes.

  2. I appreciate your comments so much. I know that since you have been there it is nice to be able to see an area through someone else’s eyes. And I hope that for anyone else that views them, they too, can get a feeling of what it is really like there.

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