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kenya, january 2007

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Gerenuk.  Aren't they wonderful!
Gerenuk. Aren't they wonderful!
giraffe - tall, thin and beautiful
giraffe - tall, thin and beautiful
Eurasian Roller
Eurasian Roller
zebrascape (Mount Kilimanjaro) early one morning
zebrascape (Mount Kilimanjaro) early one morning
Ostrich parade
Ostrich parade
Masaii and their cattle
Masaii and their cattle
Young Masaii
Young Masaii
Masaii home
Masaii home
They sure stand out in the landscape
They sure stand out in the landscape
Red Headed Weaver
Red Headed Weaver
Huge spider web spotted from far away. It was probably 3ft across.
Huge spider web spotted from far away. It was probably 3ft across.
Here's the spider.
Here's the spider.
Dikdiks. They are very small.  They weigh 8-12 lbs and are 1 - 1 ¼ ft tall at the shoulder,
Dikdiks. They are very small. They weigh 8-12 lbs and are 1 - 1 ¼ ft tall at the shoulder,
Dikdiks are very fast and can hit top speed of up to 26 MPH in the first few jumps. Most are too quick to get picture
Dikdiks are very fast and can hit top speed of up to 26 MPH in the first few jumps. Most are too quick to get picture
And look what they do with their nose/snout. It's like it's sucked in.
And look what they do with their nose/snout. It's like it's sucked in.
Dikdiks. I know it's blurry but this is what they look like running (flying!) away.
Dikdiks. I know it's blurry but this is what they look like running (flying!) away.
This shy hippo only lifted his nostrils out of the water far enough to breathe. The nostrils closed again to go under the water.
This shy hippo only lifted his nostrils out of the water far enough to breathe. The nostrils closed again to go under the water.
A jumbled herd of giraffe.
A jumbled herd of giraffe.
A large herd of giraffe.
A large herd of giraffe.
This ellie is covered in the red dirt and has his ears flapping to scare us.  Boo!
This ellie is covered in the red dirt and has his ears flapping to scare us. Boo!
Quite a catch! This Ground Hornbill has a snake AND a frog!
Quite a catch! This Ground Hornbill has a snake AND a frog!
Snake & frog. Snake is Elapsoidea species probably E. boulengeri. Rather rare - a type of burrowing cobra (according to Johan)
Snake & frog. Snake is Elapsoidea species probably E. boulengeri. Rather rare - a type of burrowing cobra (according to Johan)
A sleeping pride of lions can be kind of boring so I get closeups.
A sleeping pride of lions can be kind of boring so I get closeups.
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Baby elephants are so cute!  The baby is shorter than the bottom of mom's tail.
Baby elephants are so cute! The baby is shorter than the bottom of mom's tail.
Young mongooses (mongeese?)
Young mongooses (mongeese?)
King of the Mara (one of the kings!)  Poor guy with all those flies on his face.
King of the Mara (one of the kings!) Poor guy with all those flies on his face.
a crop of his face
a crop of his face
a closeup of his legs, also covered with flies
a closeup of his legs, also covered with flies
Yellow Breasted Longclaw
Yellow Breasted Longclaw
Yellow Breasted Longclaw gathering material for a nest.  Mara
Yellow Breasted Longclaw gathering material for a nest. Mara
Early morning in the Masaii Mara
Early morning in the Masaii Mara
Typical Topi (or Tsessebe) standing on a termite mound surveying the savannah for predators.
Typical Topi (or Tsessebe) standing on a termite mound surveying the savannah for predators.
Another Topi with a couple of somethings in the background
Another Topi with a couple of somethings in the background
The lion is just resting in the tall grass . . . and along comes this
The lion is just resting in the tall grass . . . and along comes this
silly warthog that almost walked into him.  Finally saw the lion and ran away. I though we might see a kill.
silly warthog that almost walked into him. Finally saw the lion and ran away. I though we might see a kill.
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
The beautiful Crested Crane
The beautiful Crested Crane
Crested Crane searching for bugs.
Crested Crane searching for bugs.
Big old elephant with a hole in his ear and resting his trunk on his tusk.
Big old elephant with a hole in his ear and resting his trunk on his tusk.
What a little cutie!  And he gets cuter . . .
What a little cutie! And he gets cuter . . .
. . . and cuter . . .
. . . and cuter . . .
. . . and he twirls his trunk
. . . and he twirls his trunk
. . . and curls his trunk
. . . and curls his trunk
and reaches his trunk back as far as it will go!
and reaches his trunk back as far as it will go!
Bull elephant entering the picture
Bull elephant entering the picture
Bull elephant greeting the mom and baby
Bull elephant greeting the mom and baby
More elephant caresses.
More elephant caresses.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Baboon eating fruit.
Baboon eating fruit.
Hyena in the early morning, trying to stay warm.
Hyena in the early morning, trying to stay warm.
Some lions were feeding on a dead baby hippo. When we drove up, the mom hippo was still at the site. Sad.
Some lions were feeding on a dead baby hippo. When we drove up, the mom hippo was still at the site. Sad.
Lion in the early morning. His mane is still wet with dew.
Lion in the early morning. His mane is still wet with dew.
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The balloon takes of at 6:30 am.  I wouldn't give up a game drive for a balloon ride but I'm sure it's fun.
The balloon takes of at 6:30 am. I wouldn't give up a game drive for a balloon ride but I'm sure it's fun.
Sunrise in Africa.    Life is good.
Sunrise in Africa. Life is good.
Lioness in the tall grass on a rainy afternoon.
Lioness in the tall grass on a rainy afternoon.
Defassa waterbuck
Defassa waterbuck
white throated bee-eater (I think)
white throated bee-eater (I think)
Grevy's zebra kicking up his heels.  Joy's Camp, Shaba Nat'l Reserve, Kenya
Grevy's zebra kicking up his heels. Joy's Camp, Shaba Nat'l Reserve, Kenya
Kori Bustard - really blends in to the dry landscape. Joy's Camp
Kori Bustard - really blends in to the dry landscape. Joy's Camp
This side of the river is Shaba, the other side Samburu.  Joy's Camp
This side of the river is Shaba, the other side Samburu. Joy's Camp
Oryx with babies.  Joy's Camp
Oryx with babies. Joy's Camp
This elephant was chasing us and his ears and trunk were flapping as he ran.
This elephant was chasing us and his ears and trunk were flapping as he ran.
He's closer and still chasing us! And if you think it looks scary, you are correct. It is very scary! They can run pretty fast.
He's closer and still chasing us! And if you think it looks scary, you are correct. It is very scary! They can run pretty fast.
Lilac Breasted Roller.  I saw many Eurasion Rollers on this trip but not too many LBR's.
Lilac Breasted Roller. I saw many Eurasion Rollers on this trip but not too many LBR's.
I don't know why but I want to call this one bag of bones. This looked like a leopard at first but it's an old zebra carcass.
I don't know why but I want to call this one "bag of bones". This looked like a leopard at first but it's an old zebra carcass.
Pale Chanting Goshawk in the Mara
Pale Chanting Goshawk in the Mara
Honey and her cubs.  (Honey was made famous by BBC Big Cat Diaries)
Honey and her cubs. (Honey was made famous by BBC Big Cat Diaries)
Cheetah stalking a warthog in the Mara (one of Honey's cubs.)
Cheetah stalking a warthog in the Mara (one of Honey's cubs.)
It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood
It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood
Hippos usually feed out of the water in the evening, night and early morning.  This one left the water much later in the day.
Hippos usually feed out of the water in the evening, night and early morning. This one left the water much later in the day.
Sweet face.
Sweet face.
Leopard tortoise?
Leopard tortoise?
Blowing off a little steam.  (Okay, it's really dust.)
Blowing off a little steam. (Okay, it's really dust.)
A couple of oryx in a beautiful setting
A couple of oryx in a beautiful setting
Oryx. It's hard to see how long their horns really are unless you see them from the side.
Oryx. It's hard to see how long their horns really are unless you see them from the side.
Joy Adamson (Born Free) was murdered here.
Joy Adamson (Born Free) was murdered here.
Black Rhino (my first) Saw this on the way from the airstrip to the camp.
Black Rhino (my first) Saw this on the way from the airstrip to the camp.
You can't judge a book by it's cover and you can't judge an elephant by the size of his tusks.
You can't judge a book by it's cover and you can't judge an elephant by the size of his tusks.
Mom and  baby.
Mom and baby.
Knobby kneed ostrich
Knobby kneed ostrich
Another shot of Honey
Another shot of Honey
Maasi Mara - do you see the giraffes?
Maasi Mara - do you see the giraffes?
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
The eland is the world's largest antelope (600 - 2200 lbs).  They are very shy and run away if you try to get close.
The eland is the world's largest antelope (600 - 2200 lbs). They are very shy and run away if you try to get close.
Dik-diks form monogamous relationships.  The males have horns. Females are larger than males.
Dik-diks form monogamous relationships. The males have horns. Females are larger than males.
Close up of ele eating
Close up of ele eating
Defassa Waterbuck. The meat of older waterbucks tastes bad so predators choose other prey.
Defassa Waterbuck. The meat of older waterbucks tastes bad so predators choose other prey.
Busy baby baboons
Busy baby baboons
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This bird was fairly common but I can't remember the name.  Anyone?
This bird was fairly common but I can't remember the name. Anyone?
Oryx or Gemsbok .  They look funny all lined up like that.
Oryx or Gemsbok . They look funny all lined up like that.
Giraffe portrait
Giraffe portrait
Mom black rhino with baby almost hidden in the grass.
Mom black rhino with baby almost hidden in the grass.
It took forever for them to wake this baby up.  We thought something was wrong with it.
It took forever for them to wake this baby up. We thought something was wrong with it.
Still trying . . .
Still trying . . .
still trying . . .
still trying . . .
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Almost up . . .
Almost up . . .
Finally made it!  Ellie High Fives!
Finally made it! Ellie High Fives!
This little one walked right up to the vehicle.  Pic taken from the back seat and thru the windshield.
This little one walked right up to the vehicle. Pic taken from the back seat and thru the windshield.
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I think some wino took the picture!  Fairview Hotel in Nairobi
I think some wino took the picture! Fairview Hotel in Nairobi
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Fish Eagle with a fish in left hand.
Fish Eagle with a fish in left "hand".
Fighting to keep his little fish.  (Another fish eagle is trying to get it. Too much lens to get it all.)
Fighting to keep his little fish. (Another fish eagle is trying to get it. Too much lens to get it all.)
Two Defassa Waterbucks fighting
Two Defassa Waterbucks fighting
A mom sits on a mound in the Mara and scans the area for their next meal while her cub sits behind her.
A mom sits on a mound in the Mara and scans the area for their next meal while her cub sits behind her.
Two youngsters fighting.
Two youngsters fighting.
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My room at Sosian, located in the heart of the world-famous Laikipia plateau in Kenya.
My room at Sosian, located in the heart of the world-famous Laikipia plateau in Kenya.
Bathroom at Sosian.  I loved this bathroom.
Bathroom at Sosian. I loved this bathroom.
Front deck at Sosian. The flowers in front of the deck is where the sunbird in the next pic was.
Front deck at Sosian. The flowers in front of the deck is where the sunbird in the next pic was.
Sunbird taken from the deck at Sosian
Sunbird taken from the deck at Sosian
Sosian had a nice hippo pool.
Sosian had a nice hippo pool.
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Grevy Zebra tails.
Grevy Zebra tails.
Bee-eater
Bee-eater
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Texas Rangers - on a building in Shaba
Texas Rangers - on a building in Shaba
Greengoes (I'm assuming they meant Gringos)
Greengoes (I'm assuming they meant Gringos)
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DIK DIK
DIK DIK
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Oryx or Gemsbok
Oryx or Gemsbok
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Shaba
Shaba
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Camels for a ride
Camels for a ride
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Flying from camp to camp
Flying from camp to camp
Ostrich with young
Ostrich with young
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Meru, Elsa's grave. It was hard to find.
Meru, Elsa's grave. It was hard to find.
Elsa's grave. Elsa was made famous by Joy Adamson and Born Free.
Elsa's grave. Elsa was made famous by Joy Adamson and Born Free.
I believe some of Joy's ashes are buried here with Elsa.
I believe some of Joy's ashes are buried here with Elsa.
Elsa died from a tick born disease called Babesia.   She was only 5 years old.
Elsa died from a tick born disease called Babesia. She was only 5 years old.
RIP, Elsa.
RIP, Elsa.
This is in Chyulu Hills in Kenya. Campi ya Kanzi
This is in Chyulu Hills in Kenya. Campi ya Kanzi
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Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp
Offbeat Meru Camp