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





Lone Tree on the Plain

22 06 2016

One lone tree on the Serengeti Plain.





Leopards!

28 01 2013

We saw leopards twice along our Safari in 2009. Both times in the Serengeti. Here are a few shots from those encounters.

1. Leopard in a tree with his kill

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Same leopard with a 2x on the 100-400

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A young leopard resting by the roadside early morning

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A young leopard coming to meet the one resting by the road

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The two young males hanging out together

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Scenting

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Getting up to leave

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. A playful tussle.

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

This may well have been the highlight of the Safari for me, although, the whole Safari was pretty much one GIANT highlight!





A smattering of African Animals

27 01 2013

Some more of my photos from our Tanzanian Trip from 2009 – slowly but surely I’m working through them!

1. Klipspringer – a small Antelope:

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Stripe-Sided Jackal

Side-Striped Jackal (Canis adustus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Jackal again

Side-Striped Jackal (Canis adustus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Impala – quite literally "Fast Food"

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Herd of Impala

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Rock Hyrax baby with mom

Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Spotted Hyena… All kinds of nasty.

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Grant’s Gazelle

Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole Africa set can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382/with/8421853430/

Still adding!





Tanzanian Hippos

21 09 2012

Having just finished our giraffe pictures, I figured I’d dive right into the hippo shots. Here are our Hippos from 2009 in the Serengeti and Lake Manyara national parks, Tanzania. My wife and I shot them while travelling on safari with "Tropical Trails"

1. Just being hornery.

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. You stepped on my toes!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Hanging out with mom

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You could walk over them – it’s so crowded!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. What a mug!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

All of our hippo shots can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8010570018/

While the whole Africa trip (still being updated) here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7621906615382/

I hope you enjoy them!





Giraffes of Tanzania

17 09 2012

We went on a safari of northern Tanzania back in 2009. Yes, it has taken this long to get these done… Well, at least here they are, the magnificent, long necked animals of Africa….

(photos taken by my wife and I)

Giraffa camelopardalis!

1)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7)
Image
Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Cape Buffalo

30 12 2011
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

Cape Buffalo, a set on Flickr.

A collection of Cape Buffalo pictures from our 2009 Safari in Tanzania with Tropical Trails





East African Birds

26 12 2011
Lilac-breasted RollerYelow-billed KitePied CrowYelow-billed KiteSpeckled MousebirdOlive Thrush
Collared SunbirdOlive ThrushKenya Rufous SparrowCape Robin-ChatBaglafecht WeaverHadeda Ibis
Martial EagleMartial EagleMasai OstrichRed-cheeked Cordon-bleuA weaver's nestHunter's Sunbird
Tawny EagleTawny EagleSuperb StarlingHornbills and StarlingsMasai OstrichMasai Ostrich

East African Birds, a set on Flickr.

Well, 2 1/2 years after we finished our INCREDIBLE Kenya/Tanzania trip, I finally managed to finish editing the BIRDS from the trip (sooo many other animals to still do!) Here they are… 99 of the best bird shots by Mrs D and I. Shot at the time with the Canon 50D and the Rebel XTi. on the 50D I had the 100-400 and on the Rebel XTi we had the 70-200 2.8 with the 2X extender. Our tour company was "Tropical Trails" We had a Fantastic Guide, Jacob Loserian. Ask for him if you book with TT!





A couple more safari pics finally processed..

9 10 2009

I think it’s going to take a serious part of my lifetime to get all my safari pics posted but here are a couple that we took while passing through the serengeti.  I loved the feeling of solitude in the first and the colour the sun imparted to the second.  I hope you enjoy this brief virtual visit to Tanzania

Umbrella in a storm:
acacia Serengeti Tanzania TropicalTrails Safari Africa

 

Yellow Bark acacia at sunset (No – that’s NOT A WB issue…the sun was almost red!):
acacia Serengeti Tanzania TropicalTrails Safari Africa

The whole set of our African trip (being added still) can be seen at: My Africa Album on Fotothing





Dramatic Sky in the Northern Serengeti

4 09 2009

View from Lobo Wildlife Lodge in the Seregeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Pano from 6 frames merged in PS CS4 – photo courtesy of Mrs. Dragonspeed

The dramatic sky was wonderful… thankfully we were back at our lodge happily since the heavens opened up shortly afterwards
093c759a6c943143cd1554bb4d58498c[2] 





Panthera Leo – King of the Beasts

24 07 2009

Lion (Panthera leo)
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lions usually hunt in prides. The females hunt and the males show up for food when they are good and ready. Once the kill has been taken down and the females have had a chance to tear up the carcase, the cubs feed and then the male comes for food. There is one male to a pride of females, but sometimes young males will roam together for a while and hunt in a coordinated unit, not having a pride of their own. We saw many lions on our trip… it almost became commonplace. The lioness in these pictures has been collared (for studies probably). We saw 4 collared lions during our time in the Serengeti. The two males were estimated at around 10 yrs old and the big standing guy was probably about the same. His pride was all sleeping in the tall grass – about 8 lionesses and 10 cubs. The lion in the tall grass that looks like he just showered is probably a young male at 2-3 years old. It’s quite unusual to see such old males hanging together – likely brothers. Wow – these cats are HUGE!

1.
 

2.
 

3.
 

4.
 

5.
 

6.

7.
 

What a fantastic trip!!!





The Hunter – at rest

27 06 2009

While on safari, it truly is amazing how close you can get to the animals while in your Land Cruiser.  This lioness, with the rest of her pride, had obviously had a busy night hunting and were content to just hang out on the rocks as we passed by.  Beautiful animals!

 








%d bloggers like this: