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!





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!





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!

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Cape Buffalo

30 12 2011
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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!








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