On safari-- wildlife and nature photos

Road block!

Safari excitement
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Young Samburu warrior
Samburu warrior click to enlarge
Kenya's north & the Rift

Samburu countryAcacia and weavers' nestsDoum palm

Kenya's spectacular Samburu country: a bull elephant crosses a grassy plain while warthogs watch; an acacia tree adorned with weavers' nests; and a doum palm against a backdrop of beautiful hills

Keep clear!   Irritation

No rush

Samburu National Reserve is known especially for its elephant herds. Above, a bull elephant in musth, a condition of increased irritability and sexual excitement which makes him extremely dangerous; next, a scene of peace, as a herd drinks in and crosses the Uaso Ngiro

Elephants for breakfast
On detour
On detour
Last word
Last word

A safari breakfast on the river bank is interrupted unexpectedly when a matriarch elephant and calf leading a herd find us blocking the way to the water. As the herd makes its way around us, a young bull shows his displeasure across a screen of bushes. Then he turns to have a final silent word before crossing the river beach to the water

Close to a guardian  Young bulls tussle  The herd moves on

The herds are always accompanied by young. Two young bulls test each other, holding up road traffic. But their herd is not to be delayed-- it moves on without a backward glance at the adolescent antics More elephant images can be seen on my Botswana and Zimbabwe pages, and there are a slideshow and a separate page both devoted to elephants. See the menu below

Horny  Impala herd  Confrontation   Nursery
Another impressively horny resident of Samburu, an impala buck. Such animals have an exhausting task guarding sometimes large herds of females from rivals. Bachelors often try each other in practice bouts. Herds have 'nurseries' where the young stay together while the adults feed

Reticulated giraffe  Reticulated giraffe  Grevy's zebra Kirk's dik-dik  Beisa oryx   Nile crocodile

Among the browsers and grazers of the north are the distinctively marked reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra; one of the smallest antelopes, Kirk's dik-dik; and the Beisa oryx with its formidable spear-like horns. Like many African rivers, the Uaso Ngiro is home to the Nile crocodile

Forest dwellers
A herd of forest elephants emerges from the mist in the Aberdare Range, north of Nairobi

Lake Elmenteita   Lake Nakuru

Two of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley: Lake Elmenteita and Lake Nakuru. Beyond the far shore of Elmenteita is the interesting feature known by some as 'the sleeping warrior'. In the far background is the cloud-covered Mau escarpment. This part of the Rift Valley was home for much of wildlife artist Simon Combes' life. He came here as a boy, and died here. See my Links page

It's my shade   Lawn mowers   Warthog

Lake Nakuru NP is famous for the flamingoes which often cover the lake's surface in their thousands. It's also a rhino sanctuary, but there's much other wildlife as well. Who's to argue with the lion?- "It's my shade and I'll stay if I want to"; or with the lawn-mowing 'white' rhinos; then there's the lawn-destroying warthog

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Where the photos were takenEquipment used in Kenya: Pentax Z70, with Sigma 70-210 af zoom; Pentax Spotmatic, 135mm lens; film, Fuji Superia 200, 400 & 800 & Kodak 1000. The Maplink on the left will show where the photographs were taken. Go to the menu below for more images from Africa and from Australia


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