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African Safari – Update # 7 on Posting Progress

November 20th, 2010 4 comments

African Safari – Update # 7 on Posting Progress
Today’s postings get us to the half-way point of the Serengeti portion of our travels in East Africa.  The following posts are new, revised or have had numerous photos added to them.
Finally a leopard
Serengeti – Morning Drive part two
Serengeti – Morning Drive part one – Cheetah
Serengeti – Morning Drive – Getting going
Serengeti – Moths
Serengeti – Hyenas
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New York, New York

November 7th, 2010 1 comment

Heading home from our travels to Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa and now back in North America after about 24 hours of travel time. Been fingerprinted, frisked, full body scanned and interrogated numerous times in the past 24 hours and have managed to maintain my sense of humor. Each time that I have been asked to take off my belt, I have been thankful that I didn’t lose any weight while on safari. Each time that I took off my well worn boots and sent them through the x-ray machines I hoped no bells would go off. A small pair of nail clippers got me pulled aside at one location but, other than that, we made it to JFK. Now just the flight to Montreal and the drive from there to Ottawa.

Photos: Took plenty but weren’t able to upload reliably while away so watch for plenty over the next few weeks. We’ll be backdating the uploads to the days when the photos were taken.

The days we spent in Tanzania are now accessible from here: Tanzania

The days spent in Kenya are now accessible from here: Kenya

Ron

African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – Exploring the crater floor

November 5th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – Exploring the crater floor

We survived the tricky driving down the side of the crater walls and found ourselves on a rather flat piece of the earth with wildebeest and zebra being the predominate species and some smaller goupings of gazelles. Some more interesting species of birds and a lion or two rounded out our tour of the crater floor.
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African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – Getting into the crater

November 5th, 2010 No comments

A nice view to wake up to…

African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – Getting into the crater

Sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater is an exciting time as the lower reaches of the crater slowly come to life and the sun’s glow lights up the rim like a big halo. Once we had watched the sunrise and had our breakfast, we readied ourselves for the rest of the day, packed our bags and got into the vans for the long and potentially treacherous steep descent along a narrow switch-back road. An exciting way to start a day.
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African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – A short walk outside

November 4th, 2010 1 comment

African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – A short walk outside

After a morning of safari in the Serengeti we traveled to our lodge for the evening on the rim of the Ngorogoro crater. I was hoping to stretch my legs a bit so went walking around the grounds of the lodge and was cautioned at least three times to be careful and be on the lookout for buffalo, elephants or Leopards. A bit tough to photograph birds with one eye on the viewfinder and one eye over the shoulder but I managed not to get mauled or eaten and got some interesting photos of birds that I generally haven’t been able to identify. The Marabou Stork was indeed ugly but I wanted a good shot of the neck pouch so persisted in following them along a steep embankment near the lodge.
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African Safari – Serengeti – Lion Cubs

November 4th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Serengeti – Lion Cubs

Our first interesting sighting of the morning was a large hippo meandering across an open space on its way back to a pool of water where it would spend the rest of the day submerged in its own version of heaven – a mix of mud and water of just the right consistency.

Soon after, we came across a family of lions. Of particular interest were the young cubs who put on quite a display of tree climbing for our enjoyment and amusement.

African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive – Leopard sighting

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

Juvenile Gabar Goshawk (Melierax gabar)

African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive – Leopard sighting

For those who are following this series of blogs, the last blog entry for the morning drive ended with the question: Lunch? or Leopard?

Tough question 🙂 but unanimous answer. Lunch could wait! and unless they were in the mouth of a leopard, birds could wait! Without further delay, we were on our way, at high speed (over rough road), to see the reported leopard!
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African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive part two

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive part two

We moved from the grasslands into a damper area where we were able to observe some wading birds including the Black-winged Stilt and the Goliath Heron. At up to five feet tall, the Goliath Heron is the world’s largest heron and up to a foot and a half taller than North America’s Great Blue Heron.
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African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive, part one

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)

African Safari – Serengeti – Morning Drive

This morning out on the Serengeti, we were all prepared to stay on our toes and keep a close look-out for the elusive Leopard.
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African Safari – Serengeti – Getting Going Again

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Serengeti – Getting Going Again

I thought that I might like to get the “Sunrise over the Serengeti” shot this AM but I guess ten days of safari was beginning to wear me down and the sunrise got to the lookout platform before I did. Did get to see a couple of balloons passing by in the distance though so all was not lost.
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