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 :)





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!





A beautiful Tanzanian Sunset

16 06 2009

Sunset on the Serengeti

Sigh – it feels like so long ago already.

 





We Leave Zanzibar today

5 06 2009

Today is the beginning of the end.  We have had a great safari up in northern Tanzania and have been enjoying the tropical beauty that is Zanzibar for the last 5 days. 

We’re heading out of town on the 1300 ferry and will head to a beach resort south of Dar es Salaam for 2 days before we begin our journey home…. 

See you all soon!








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