Disease or burn mark, I haven’t got a clear answer yet.
The ugly marabou stork keeping distance with the lioness.
Late afternoon, a hamerkop (une ombrette) caught a fish.
That was a perfect way to start the year, well maybe not on a railing… the picture is a bit blurry because it is taken though a mosquito net. The pair wouldn’t like to be interrupted (the act is already short enough, safe sex in the wild means not being eaten)
Another great sighting, a first even, a palm tree and a lion. I can’t help linking a palm tree to the seaside, not to the far away savannah.
A gerenuk (gazelle de Waller)
A male greater kudu ( un grand koudou)
Egyptian geese and gosling. Just in front of our Ruaha camp, a troup of baboons attacked another goose family and ate up all goslings in front of the helpless parents. Sad.
I was standing under a tree looking for birds when a small noise made me jump. it turned out that black-backed jackal hadn’t seen me either till late, like 20m from me. I think it was our regular resident because he didn’t show any sign of nervousness… still quite a sighting that close when you’re on foot.
An African skimmer offered its incredible show barely 20m away which is quite a feat…
and caught something.
The same skimmer later passing by a crocodile, which I hadn’t noticed while shooting, and an egret.
A female waterbuck is teasing the male. She never ran away, just walked a bit, seemed to wait a little bit, then just at the crucial moment, walked again. And so on…damn, where did I see this pattern before? (cobe en français)
Big boy in the mud.
Stealthy hippo looking for coolness in the river. That’s all there was to see, the nostrils. I wonder if I couldn’t be spotted through the murky water…
This giraffe seemed to perform semaphore with its ears. It also looks like a toothless old man.
There was some water a bit further but it might have been too brackish so these elephants typically dug holes in the sandbank and drank from the fresher water coming up.
A Verreaux’s eagle-owl. I swear I didn’t add that trashy make up on the eyelids. It reminds me the glorious disco years of the 70’s. (grand-duc de Verreaux)
or lunch from one of the 2 restaurants of the gorgeous Ruaha River Lodge. 2 restaurants! And the other one is perched like an eagle nest on a rocky hill! This one lies a few meters away from the Ruaha river.
I normally don’t like to be disturbed while eating. But there are circumstances that are worth to make an exception. My big lens is always ready in case…
There are many birds in the Ruaha Nat’l Park. Here are 2 Egyptian geese taking off towards a waterbuck (un cobe)
Another goose (oie égyptienne). Sometimes, but only sometimes, the translation makes sense and is quite direct.
2 waterbucks showing affection.
The mountain opposite our lodge.
A bit of zooming and here is an elephant. He and his pals will come in camp soon.
A hippo is rolling in the Ruaha river. Just a few meter away from me.
An intermediate egret on a perfect landing. Pilots will appreciate the disturbed feathers on the wings due to the high angle of attack. (un héron intermédiaire)
A grey heron (un héron cendré)
Even when the animals haven’t arrived, the scenery is stunning. I can’t wait to resume watercolors.
The posse is coming to camp, ready to create havoc sometimes when they’re hungry or thirsty.