Starting off 2017 with a walk in the Wetlands

5 01 2017

After dropping Mrs Dragonspeed at the airport, I headed out to Westham Island for a nice walk around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary… in the COLD winter weather.  (Cold in Vancouver means a bit below 0C )  Some of the highlights are here

1. Juvenile Baldie – having lunch

Juvenile Bald Eagle – having lunch
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Icy Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane on ice
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The Grey Ghost – Male Northern Harrier

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Sunset Hunt….

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

and because I always love it when these guys perch at a good angle with the sky to get good polarization…

7. Posing Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The complete set of the day can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLehJnS

I hope you enjoyed the birds – it’s always a good day when you can get out and shoot!





Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys

26 08 2016

Day 3 of our time on Zanzibar took us down to the Jozani forest reserve to see the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys.  For many years, the local farmers have had an ongoing battle with the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys due to the monkeys’ predilection for unripened fruit.  However, due to the increasing popularity of the tourist center for visiting the monkeys, more money has been able to reach the villages from tourism, meaning that a small crop loss is outweighed by the tourist value of the monkeys. Slowly, more and more locals are becoming accepting of these primates which are endemic to this part of Zanzibar.

1. The little guy, sticking with mom

Safe with Mom
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Wide Eyed

Wide Eyed
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Grabbing a bite

Checking out the food
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Playful – More fun than a barrel of monkeys

More fun than….
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. There’s always ONE stoner in the crowd

Stoned?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Fiddler Crab – bonus

Fiddler Crab (Uca annulipes)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s pictures, including the Mangroves and our wanderings in Stone Town can be found in the Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskFHsYos





Day 7 of Safari–Lake Manyara National Park Birds

1 08 2016

Day 7 – Lake Manyara National Park
Slow park for most wildlife, but a huge variety of new birds!

The whole day’s photos are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEmfT7x

1. Hamerkop (yes – a bird with a hammer shaped head!)

Hamerkop
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Grey-headed Kingfisher

Grey-Headed Kingfisher
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Speckled Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Black-winged stilt
5. Yellow-billed Stork
6. Little Egret

7. Egyptian Goose

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

8. Glossy Ibis
9. Hottentot Teal

10. Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

11. African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

12. Lesser Flamingo
13. Spur-winged Plover
14. Hadada Ibis
15. Woodland Kingfisher

16. Red and Yellow Barbet

Red and Yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

17. Tawny Eagle (?) https://flic.kr/p/KiR1Yj

18. Little Bee-Eater

Little Bea-Eater (Merops pusillus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

19. Black-winged Red Bishop
20. Hildebrandt’s Francolin

An amazing 7 day Safari with African Wildcats Expeditions Ltd, out of Arusha, Tanzania





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








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