Ruaha National Park, part 2

Same river but as you can see, much fuller!  Although it didn’t rain much where we were, there was obviously plenty of rain falling in the escarpments.  But on our last day the rain came down so hard and so long that we nearly didn’t make it out of there to catch our plane.  We had to take a couple of different roads and the drive was a bit harrowing… but fun, nonetheless!

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You can see his eye!

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Jackals really are quite small.  You can barely see it on the road.  The first evening there I was waiting to be picked up for dinner.  I stood out by the main trail which was not allowed.  While I was waiting a jackal passed by me only a meter or so away.  Then I really noticed just how small they are.  In the dark I could see the dark looming shape of an elephant grazing a bit away.  Turned out, the group was coming along the river to avoid the elephant.  I wasn’t supposed to do that….oops.DPP_6199DPP_6200

A lilac breasted roller but the sun light reflecting off its back makes it look at bit golden.

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This was so different than what I am accustomed to seeing.  The mist was so thick it gave the landscape a completely other worldly feel.

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Sun obscured by the mist and an elephant passing in front..

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More birds…

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If anyone can let me know what bird this is, I’d appreciate it.

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I love watching pelicans… almost as much as watching flamingos.  Sadly, all these guys did was sit in the tree.

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And one vulture!

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Impala are a dime a dozen but they are such beautiful creatures.

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Notice this little guy has a wound… a pretty lucky little fellow (or gal).

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Got a real mouthful going on in there..

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More birds… I have no idea what bird this is but it was pretty.  Again, if anyone can identify it for me, I’d love to know!

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A greyheaded kingfisher… ?

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crested barbets..

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Running/leaping impala.. look at the one on the far left.. how high in the air they can jump!

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This is a saddle billed stork.  They are quite a tall bird and yet it’s almost lost in the tall grass.

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water monitor lizard.. rather on the small side.

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The white fluff on this grass is a nice contrast to the tawny colors of the impala.. at least I think so.

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More giraffe, including a couple of young ones.

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So once again we encountered giraffe looking like they were about to mate.  There’s an awful lot of standing around, getting real close, and then standing around again.  And definitely very little action.

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And then… all of a sudden it happened!  It only lasted seconds but our guides said that’s all it takes.  Must have pretty good aim….

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Another tawny eagle (I think).  This one kept looking up and finally we saw a second one!

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My failed attempts to catch a bird in flight.. again.

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Elephant trunks are so amazing to watch..

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Although you can’t exactly see the action here, what the elephant is doing is using its foot to kick/dig the grass so that the roots come out as well as the green stalks of grass since the roots are as nourishing as the grass itself.

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Here you can see the roots of this clump of grass.

They do love their mud.. even the eyelashes are caked in mud.

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Don’t know why this buffalo skull was such a popular place to sun bathe…  These agame lizards loved basking on the rocks around my tent.

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He looks like he recently shed his skin since there is still some loose skin around his mouth.

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These hyrax made their home somewhere around my tent.  Every time I came back to the tent, during the day anyway, they would show up and watch me for a while.  Once their curiosity was satisfied, they’d disappear again.  There were four that I saw, I don’t know how many there actually were.

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More lizards… The greener one is shaped like a skink but I am not certain if it is.

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These are the little squirrels that keep an eye on my tent.  I’m sure we probably all had our own sentries.  Each day when I returned, I would get quite a scolding for interrupting their daily chores..

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Guess I’ll end this entry here with my housemates.

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2 thoughts on “Ruaha National Park, part 2

  1. I would never believe it, if you hadn’t shown me a photo that that much water could flow through the river bed. Quite amazing and I love the eerie photos with the thick mist.
    This entry has so much to comment on. The leaping Impala was fantastic, what scared them? A safari vehicle or a predator?
    Beautiful photos of the Grey headed Kingfisher especially 6379.
    The Water Monitor in and out of the water, what great timing to have seen that, just like the giraffes mating. It may have been short and sweet but you are extremely lucky to have shared the moment with them.
    The photo that stood out to me from all the others was 6536, the elephants trunk An absolutely great shot, shows every crease and wrinkle and even the hairs.
    Terrific shots of the Agame, who showed no fear of you. I particularly like 6552 and also the shots looking under the Agame’s throat.
    6497 of the Rock Hyrax is great and 7167 of the lizard. I like that you have been able to get so close to these critters without them fleeing the scene.
    Lastly the squirrels or should I say your room mates, 7000, 7007 and 7009. Coming from someone who lives in a country where there is no squirrels, I absolutely love them.

    Great entry Nancy.

  2. Those lizards and squirrel have to put up with housemate day after day! Thank your for the detailed ‘review’. I appreciate knowing which photos speak to you.
    Who knows what startled the impalas.. I’ll bet half the time, they don’t know!

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