Grey Crowned Crane

26 07 2016

In my opinion, this bird ranks right up there with "Lilac Breasted Roller" for incredibly sexy bird!  Did you know it is the National Bird of Uganda???  These pictures were taken in the Ngorongoro Caldera, Tanzania – May 30th.

1.

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Chicks (over cropped a bit, but they’re SOOO cute!)

Perfect colour for protection
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Family

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum) family
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. In flight

Grey Crowned Cranes in flight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Walking

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Classic head shot

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you loved seeing this bird as much as I do!  More shots from that day at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4





Safari Day 6–Birds of Ngorongoro

26 07 2016

Day 6 of our safari saw us down in the Ngorongoro Crater (actually Caldera).  It is 30x20km across and acts as a mini ecosystem all on its own as the steep walls minimize migration in and out of the Caldera.

We saw some more beautiful birds this day, both in the crater and at our lodge in the Ngorongoro highlands, nearby.

1. Black-Chested Snake Eagle

Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Probably a few thousand Lesser Flamingos feeding in the Alkali lakes

Wildebeest walking past Lesser Flamingos
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. An Egyptian Goose that found a very interesting place to sleep.

Just resting – on a hippo!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A Capped Wheatear

Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Rosy Pelicans

Rosy Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. A whiskered Tern flitting in the marshes, eating bugs

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) in flight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

We saw a bunch of other ones too, but I won’t clutter things up too much in this post. 

Check out the day’s pictures at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4





Day 6 of Safari–Wildlife of Ngorongoro

26 07 2016

Day 6 of our safari saw us down in the Ngorongoro Crater (actually Caldera).  It is 30x20km across and acts as a mini ecosystem all on its own as the steep walls minimize migration in and out of the Caldera.

The animals are a bit more human acclimatized and so aren’t as skittish when the vehicles pass by.

1.  Hippos just hanging out

Hippos and Oxpeckers
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The face of a hunter

The face of a hunter
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. "No" means "No!"

That’s enough
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A playful nip from a black backed jackal

Playful nip
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Thomson’s Gazelle Fawn and mom

Thomson’s gazelle and fawn
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. HUGE Tusks on this guy – WHERE THEY BELONG!

Mammoth Tusker
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Waterbuck herd/family

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There were many other interesting beautiful sights that day… Check them out at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4

I hope you enjoyed the day :)





Day 5 of Safari–Birds

16 07 2016

Vultures, vultures, vultures!  That pretty much sums up day 5’s birds with a couple of "normal birds thrown in for good measure.

1. Coming right at us

Incoming!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The pecking order

Feathers, talons and fur!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Blood soaked

Blood Soaked
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. But we don’t WANT to share

Greedy
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. I hope these don’t deliver babies

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Something more "Normal"

Northern White-Crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus ruepelli) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Possibly a Sooty Chat

Unknown black bird in Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There were also lots of Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard and Hyenas to round out the day!  Another great day on Safari!

For the full day, drop by the Flickr Album for Day 5: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEfuhdN





Animals of the Serengeti–Day 5 on Safari

15 07 2016

Day 5 of our Safari took us from the Northern Serengeti down to Ngorongoro crater, where we finished the day.

Along the way, here are some of the sights:

1. The Pride waching us

The pride watching us…
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Momma Baboon and her baby

Mom and baby
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Standoff

Uneasy standoff
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Generations

Elephant generations
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Goofy Giraffe

Photobomb! by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Contented Lions

How many lions?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole day’s pictures including a beautiful leopard, see:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskEfuhdN

Thanks for taking the time to look and comment!





Animals of the Serengeti– Safari Day 4

10 07 2016

Wow – Day 4 on Safari with African Wildcats Expedtions was PACKED with cool sightings!  Leopards, Cheetah, Hyena that looked like he’d been through a war, really cool lion and some great Cape Buffalo photo ops!

1. This hyena may have won the war, but clearly lost a battle along the way (and parts of his ear)

Wounded warrior
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. In itself, this picture is not extraordinary, but the fact that we reunited a small wildebeest with these guys meant that the little guy was back in the herd and had a chance of survival, now.

Part of "The Herd"
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Rock Hyraxes after a puddle bath

Nothing like a quick puddle bath!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. He walked right up next to the truck!  (I could have reached out to pet him – if I didn’t want my hand/arm/body back)

Walking right past us!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. This one made us decide that "Hung like a Horse" is no longer the best term :)

Right of way
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Disruptive Camouflage

Like a maze of lines
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Intensity

King of the Beasts
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are so many other amazing things we saw this day.  For the full set of pics on Flickr from day 4, just go here:  https://flic.kr/s/aHskCVmwpC





Birds of Tanzanian Safari–Day 4

10 07 2016

Day 4 of our Safari saw us heading up to the North Serengeti, Lobo area.  Not as many birds this time, but a few, nonetheless….

1) The morning started with a pair of Egyptian Geese singing and dancing

Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2) Next to the geese was an apprentice Blacksmith Plover (juvenile)

Juvenile Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3) Rummaging nearby was a Black Crake

Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostra)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4) Later, as the sun was higher, we saw what we figured to be a Juvenile Magpie Shrike

Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5) We even drove by a few bushes with these guys in them… Rattling Cisticola

Rattling cisticola (Cisticola chiniana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6) We actually had a Helmeted Guineafowl not run madly away, into the bushes

Helmeted Guineafowl
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7) Then we saw this guy – I know he’s not a bird, but MAN… he is so cool.  A flap-necked chameleon!

Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

On this day we saw amazingly close leopards, lions and cape buffalo.  We saw a cheetah on a fresh kill and a spotted hyena that looked like it had been through a war. 

These pics and others from the day can be found at the flickr album for the day at https://flic.kr/s/aHskCVmwpC

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy – that’s why I share!








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