A varied afternoon with an adventurous ending
05.11.2018 - 05.11.2018
While we are having our picnic lunch, the leopard (the reason we are eating inside the car) jumps down from the tree and disappears in the long grass. Good for him, getting away from the baying crowd.
A small pond is home to a handful of hippos, including a couple of youngsters.
Yellow Billed Stork
Black Winged Stilt
Those legs are impossibly tall!
It must seem like a long way down.
Including some cute little babies.
The public transport of choice in the Serengeti.
Three young babies, around two months old, have been left home alone while mum goes off shopping (AKA as hunting for food); and chances are that she will stay out all night. In the UK she would have Social Services on her back.
Being under strict instructions from mum to stay put (we actually saw this in action on our last safari, the way a lioness 'barked' orders to her offspring – very impressive) doesn't seem to deter the naughty youngsters who boldly leave the safety of their hideaway in the long grass to explore the world around them, oblivious to dangers.
Saddle Billed Stork
Although not a lifer, it is a very unusual bird to see and the first time I have been able to take a decent photo of one.
Startled by our vehicle, these steenbok make some impressive jumps trying to get away.
Pale Tawny Eagle
White Bellied Bustard
Lilac Breasted Roller
I love the long shadows created by the late afternoon sun.
He's out looking for love by the looks of it.
Brown Snake Eagle
Hiding in the bushes
Lilac Breasted Roller
Another roller, this time captured by Big Bertha, bathed in the delightful golden hour.
Backlit elephants + dust + setting sun = happy photographer
With side-light, the mood changes drastically.
Plural of mongoose is mongooses, not mongeese, and a group of these animals is called a band.
They are looking for termites.
Yellow Fronted Sandgrouse
Doing what reedbucks do best: hiding in the reeds.
The light is fading fast now.
Lots of cars are gathered around these four lions, three of which are sleeping.
The large rasta, however, is walking near, and later on, the road. One of the drivers gets so close to the animal that I fear he is going to run the poor guy over.
White Headed Vulture
Black Backed Jackal
As we yet again rush back to reach camp before dark, we are following several other vehicles. I love it when this happens as the cars kick up lots of dust which add wonderful atmosphere to my photos.
Just before we turn off towards the lodge, a leopard crosses the road just in front of us. He has gone long before Malisa manages to stop, let alone us getting cameras out. How exciting, though.
Evening at Ole Serai
At dinner this evening Rashid, the manager of Ole Serai Luxury Camp, spends a lot of time chatting with us. Even chef Raymond comes out from duties in the kitchen to say hello.
Lyn and Chris join us in our tent for a drink after dinner. From very close proximity we can hear the roar of a lion, as well as the loud American group who arrived today. Go lion, go!
I have my first walkie-talkie experience this evening as I call for the askari (Maasai escort) to take the others back to their tent. Hearing the lion so close by, they are naturally nervous. It is very dark out there, the cat could be anywhere.
Trying to get in, Lyn and Chris find the padlock on their tent stuck. The askari tries everything, including the master key, but to no avail. The lion is still very vocal, very near. Eventually they use a rock to break open the padlock and our friends can let out a sigh of relief as they return to the safety of their room. An added adventure they could probably have done without.
Thank you yet again to Calabash Adventures for arranging such an amazing safari.