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 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!





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!





Lone Tree on the Plain

22 06 2016

One lone tree on the Serengeti Plain.





Sunrises and Sunsets in Tanzania

14 06 2016

Was on a 7 day safari with African Wildcats Expeditions up in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and then spent 10 days on Zanzibar.

Haven’t had a lot of time to go through ALL the photos, but some struck me as quick easy winners….  Hope you enjoy.

1. The Boabab and the Sunset in Tarangire

The Boabab and the Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset among the Boababs in Tarangire

Sunset among the Boababs
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset over Muyuni Forest (Zanzibar)

The sun sets over the Muyuni Forest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Sunset and the Fishermen

Fishermen heading out for the night
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. You can almost hear the sun sizzle as it sets.

Another awesome sunset from Stonetown
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Serengeti Sunset

Serengeti Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

And a couple of Sunrises for good measure.

7. Sunrise with Stork

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Sunrise on the plains of Africa

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Thanks for checking them out!

For other shots that I’ve managed to get done, so far, please check out the album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxvgdt3





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.





The King of the Beasts

5 02 2013

While the Lion may be "The King of the Beasts" it was pretty obvious that it was the LIONESS that did the real work in the kingdom. Here are the top shots from our Tanzania Safari in 2009

1. Looks like someone outlasted Mom this time

Play time! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Your very own pet lioness?

Your very own pet lioness? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. "Hey — anyone see Fred recently?"

"Hey – Where’s Fred?" by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. On the Lookout

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A lioness passes VERY near by

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Lion cubs so close you had to move back to focus!

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. A pair of young (5yr old) males

Young Brothers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Adult Male in Ngorongoro

Adult Male Lion by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The full set of Lions is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8448680466/

The whole Africa trip: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8448680466/

I hope you enjoy seeing the photos as much we enjoyed taking them!








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