Lions Hunting a Banded Mongoose on the Serengeti!

1 10 2018

Not exactly a takedown of a wildebeest or the usual NatGeo material,  but cool, nonetheless.  We watched a pride of lions take down a wayward Banded Mongoose, when we were in the Serengeti.

Mongoose moves, out of frame… His first (and ultimately last) mistake

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

First chase – Mongoose escapes by mere centimetres

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Full out chase when one finds him again….

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Two of the cats going head to head chasing that mongoose:

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Success – a small snack

Lions Hunting a mongoose
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

My only wish was that it could have been closer.  These were all shot at 400mm.  Pretty exciting for a such a small “event”, personally.

The rest of the shots from that day





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





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!





Safari Day 3–Serengeti Scenery

4 07 2016

1. Sunrise on the Serengeti

Sunrise on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Ballooning over the plains

Ballooning the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Kopje with a face

Smile!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Tree on the Serengeti

Lone tree on the plain
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. God Rays

Rainy plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Desolation in B/W

Desolation – B/W
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Sunset at the end of the day

Sunset on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more from the day, feel free to check out the whole album at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskz8fQgo

Thanks for taking the time to check my photos!





Birds of Day 2 on Safari

26 06 2016

The Second day of our Tanzanian Safari saw us travel from Tarangire National Park and up into the Serengeti. Sights were aplenty. Here are some of the birds from the day:

1) Yellow Billed Stork
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Yellow-billed Stork by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2) Marabou Stork in flight
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Marabou Stork in-flight by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3) Beautiful Sunbird with a mantis for lunch
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Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4) Baglafect Weaver
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Baglafect Weaver by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5) Yellow-bellied Sunbird
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Yellow-bellied Sunbird by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6) Superb Starling (great name for this one!)
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Superb! by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7) Secretary Bird – LOVE these guys!
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Secretary Bird by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8 Kori Bustard
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Kori Bustard – Big Bird! by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There were also many INCREDIBLE non-bird sights too… Feel free to check out my Day 2 Album on Flickr at:https://flic.kr/s/aHskCHfWQQ

Thanks for taking the time to visit and check out the photos!





Safari Day 2– Tarangire–> Serengeti

26 06 2016

On Day 2 we travelled from Tarangire up to Serengeti…. A sampling of the beautiful beasts we saw that day:

1. The omnipresent Wildebeest

Run free!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The Graceful giants of the Plains

Graceful Giants on the Plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Ex-Wildebeest

Once a Wildebeest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Grant’s Gazelle

Grant’s Gazelle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Relaxing

Paws up if you’re content
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. On the lookout

Waiting for food.
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The Great Migration at sunset…

The Great Migration at sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are many non-animal pictures from the day as well (birds, landscape) – feel free to check them out at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCHfWQQ

Thanks for taking the time to visit and enjoy!





First Day on Safari–Tarangire National Park

22 06 2016

Some photos from my first day on Safari in Northern Tanzania.

1. Masai Herdsman

Masai Herdsman and the cattle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. A little family time

Family time – in the middle of the road!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Impala checking us out

Male Impala  (Aepyceros melampus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nobody here but us flowers

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Nile Monitor looking for a meal

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Waterbuck

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. REALLY close

Such nice eyelashes!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Lip smacking good

Itchy nose?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s album can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA





Lone Tree on the Plain

22 06 2016

One lone tree on the Serengeti Plain.





Birds of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

This was my second time visiting the Northern Parks of Tanzania. This time we went with African Wildcats Expeditions, based out of Arusha. I’m pretty sure I saw as many new species (to me) as I did during my FIRST visit in 2009!
Some of the birds from Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, that I saw on my Safari in May:

1. Red-billed Firefinch (what a cool name!)

Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Lesser striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Yellow-Collared Lovebird

Yellow-Collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. African Jacana

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. African Crake (I didn’t even know that there WAS such a bird as a "crake"!)

African Crake (Crex Egregia)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Water Thicknee (honestly – who comes up with these names? LOL)

Water Thicknee (Burhinus vermiculatus) by the river
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

By my quick count of pics from that day, I have 20 species sighted in the first day… Not a bad day.  Not bad at all, considering it’s not a bird-specific outing.

For the whole set, you can can visit my "First Day of Safari album on Flickr" at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Asante Sana!





Elephants of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

Magnificent animals.  So powerful and yet at times they walk like they are floating on air.  Not a sound, not even a rumble.  Hard to believe people would kill them for their tusks.

1.  Head-on!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Single Tusked

One Tusked Elephant
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Those big trunks get heavy sometimes!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nothing here but us wildflowers ;)

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Looking after the little one

Looking after the little one
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Elephants get the right-of-way EVERYWHERE

OK – he gets the right-of-way
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed them.

More from our first Safari day are at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Safari Njema!





Fun with Photoshop

14 03 2014

I was looking over some old photos recently and realized that I hadn’t done an OOB (Out Of Bounds) one recently.  OOB is the art of making it appear that your subject in the photo is coming out of the frame.  It can make for some fun shots. You can try it yourself with Photoshop using this OOB tutorial by Serrator

I took a lion cub and gave him a bit more life.

 

The original:

Play time!

After some playing around… The finished product:

OOB Lion Cub

It’s fun, and not that hard to do.  It takes the right kind of photo though, but you get an eye for what will likely work, and what won’t as you do it more.

I haven’t done many, but they are in my little set called OOB.

Have fun!  If you do create one, I’d live to see a link to it in the comments!





African Safari Pics FINALLY FINISHED!

28 07 2013

It’s only taken a little over 4 years, but we have finally finished editing all the photos from our Tanzanian Safari in 2009. Here are a few more animal highlights from the trip.

1. When I see these guys, I think "Uruk Hai" from LotR:

Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Bookin’ it!

Full out gallop! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. What’s Gnu with you?

The Great Migration by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Topi

Topi (Damaliscus korrigum jimela) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Thomson’s Gazelle

Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Hermit Crab (on the beach in Dar es Salaam)

Exploring the beach at Kigamboni by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Hoofs and Horns

The Great Migration by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Ellipsen Waterbuck

Ellipsen Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole Africa set is at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382/with/9363506116/ Thanks to Flickr’s new format, you’ll have to be patient to see this set – it’s pretty big.

Comments/Questions/Critique welcome!





Tanzanian Zebras

28 05 2013

Some more shots from our Safari in 2009! 

1. Dopplegangers

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Zebra foal

Zebra foal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Funny?

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Bonding

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Standing proud

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

You can find more of the Zebras at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633724758082/with/8847231301/
The whole Africa adventure is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382

Comments and Critique always welcome and appreciated.





Tanzanian Landscapes

20 05 2013

Still getting our photos edited from our 2009 trip to Tanzania but got some of the landscape shots now…

1. And so there shone a great light from heaven….
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And a great light shone from above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Yellow Bark Acacias at sunset
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Yellow Bark Acacias at sunset. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The solitary soldier
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Lone tree by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Sunset on the Serengeti
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Sunset on the Serengeti by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Sunrise on the Serengeti
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Sunrise on the Serengeti by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Comments and Critique are always welcome.
The whole set of our pictures from Africa can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382





Vervets and Baboons from Tanzania 2009

20 05 2013

Some Vervets and Baboons from our Tanzania trip in May 2009

1. "Hello – you’re new here aren’t you?"
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Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. "What’s for lunch" – just outside the dining room window!
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Just outside the window! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Struttin’
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Struttin’ by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. "What if I take the reverse integral of the… Oh, never mind."
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Distinctive Features by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. I think I want my mommy….
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All alone. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Travelling in style!
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Hitchin’ a ride. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Comments always welcome.
The whole set from our African Safari can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382

Enjoy your virtual visit.








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