Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
December 31, 2015: The last day of the year was a good one for viewing two of the big carnivores. The lions were easy to find, since they were hanging out in a cluster of kopjes, small rocky hills. The golden light in the early morning worked beautifully with the colors of the rocks and the lions' coats.
The cheetah required some serious searching—it was hiding in a bush—but we were eventually successful. I was able to get a close-up as well as left and right profiles!
Friday, January 29, 2016
December 30, 2015: Serengeti is not just the charismatic carnivores and their herbivore prey. There are lots of interesting birds, which largely subsist on small prey and leftovers from the big kills. These are ones we saw today that stood still for decent pictures.
Lappet-faced vultures flanking tawny eagle
Rüpell's vultures picking over the remains of a carcass,
with a Maribou stork looking on from the left
Tawny eagle, with lighter color
Secretary bird, which eats poisonous snakes
Thursday, January 28, 2016
December 30: Hyenas are the most common carnivores in the Serengeti, though lions are dominant when they make the effort. Here we see some family interactions,
vultures waiting for the leftovers at a wildebeest kill (probably made by lions),
and an old hyena totally blind with cataracts, probably not long for this world.
December 29 and 30: In the Serengeti at the beginning of the rainy (grass-growing) season, we began to see the concentrations of wildebeests that make this place and time so remarkable.
With a Thomson's gazelle in the foreground
Acacia trees are a striking feature of the landscape.
Evening migration near our tented camp
The next morning
Every few minutes they begin to run, for no obvious reason.