So the second part begins with…. elephants!
The river was completely empty this time. However, the water table is still close to the surface. The elephants dig holes with their trunks and drink the water.
Many of the other animals follow the elephants and drink water from the holes they leave behind, in this case they are Thompson’s gazelles.
A couple of young bulls practicing their shoving skills.
And Grant gazelles..
If the calf can walk underneath its mother, then the calf is less than a year.
Many animals can be found in the river bed… this is the more common greater kudu.
This troop of baboons was strolling in the river bed along with this mom and her baby. First you see it hanging on to her front, then you see it riding on her back. I never tire of watching those little guys.
This guy cracked me up. What he did seemed so human. He looked over the edge, pondered it a moment or two and decided to go down backwards. Clearly he saw it as safer.
Grevy’s zebra were also there. Caught another mating… definitely must be the season.
Love that ‘golden hour’ (late afternoon light or just before the sun rises)
I don’t know what wordpress does between the edit mode and published. But often I notice that the right end is cut off as it is here. When published the front part of the face of the zebras on the right is cut off but not at all here in edit mode. frustrating!
This surprised me.. seeing Burchell’s zebra among the Grevy’s. Of course, there’s no reason they wouldn’t be here but it’s something I hadn’t seen before.
Zebra always seem to travel with companions. In the Mara it’s usually wildebeest, here it seems to be the oryx.
More gerenuk… I think they are beautiful and so graceful. Although I have to admit that seeing an antelope standing on its hind legs stretching into a tree does look a little strange.
Cute little monkeys.. but also naughty. Of course, I wonder if there are any that aren’t!
The males give a whole new meaning to the words, ‘blue balls’….!
Female greater kudu.
Male and female waterbuck. I find these antelope species to all be very photogenic.
More monkeys, this time on the ground. The baby you see is having serious trouble getting a grip. But as you can see, the poor little thing was so sleepy its eyes were closed immediately.
Another mom with a very sleepy baby. This one soundly slept with its ‘pacifier’ in its mouth. All I can say is… ‘ouch’.
This is most likely a tawny eagle. Similar in color and size to the steppe eagle, the main difference is in the barred tail of the steppe eagle, which of course I can’t see here, and the little yellow line beneath the eye. In the tawny eagle it goes to just below the eye and in the steppe eagle it extends past the eye. I can’t quite decide with this eagle.
More giraffe… as you can see, love is still in the air!
These two boys were about to engage in ‘necking’ which is what the males do when competing for females. They swing their necks at each other. When they are serious about it, you can hear the thudding impacts from a fair distance. And they can hit each other hard enough to knock each other over. Generally, it doesn’t go that far. This encounter was rather tepid.
This guy has obviously been around the block a few times. His horns are worn and he’s got a few scars. He walked so close to the vehicle that I could have touched him without sticking my arm out of the vehicle. These photos were taken after he moved away a bit. Before that he was too close for me to get any focus from the camera. His side filled the entire window.
And vulturine guinea fowl…
More little bee eater..
Grey headed kingfisher
These are dwarf mongoose. They are cute little buggers. They tend to live in old termite mounds as you see here.
This was unexpected.. an African hare.
Not well placed in the photo but more practice catching a bird in flight. I believe this is a brown snake eagle.
The enormous fabulous martial eagle
Ring necked doves if I remember correctly. Not a good photo of them but I liked their silhouette against the sky.
There were so many more birds I loved seeing but I wasn’t able to get very good photos so I didn’t bother to put them up here.
A couple of warthogs that were definitely very chilled out. Usually, if they see you all you end up photographing are warthog butts with tails in the air running away…. as you will see in my photos from the Mara.
The maribou stork is a scavenger. If you find a carcass surrounded by vultures, you will always find a few maribous standing around waiting for an opportunity. Here the stork managed to snag a catfish. As the water disappears the fish get trapped in small pools which makes for easy pickings.
More of the beautiful stately oryx
Dik-diks are the smallest antelope. As you can see, they blend in well with their surroundings. These guys would probably not even come to the knees of the oryx. They mate for life and if one dies, the other does not look for another mate and usually dies shortly after. How’s that for devotion!
I’ll have to stop here because I just discovered a series of photos that didn’t get converted. Rather than try to fit them in here and cut some of the other photos so it doesn’t get too cumbersome, I’ll just add another short one.