Rain Rain & More Rain….

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The Rains on the Savannah brings a time of great plenty & this year this process has been quite exceptional! Guinea fowl (amongst many other sp. of birds) have been able to nest TWICE this season: look at all them chicks!

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It has been raining on  & off since the beginning of the year, with 6 inches in the last week alone!

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The Park is a sea of grass, all the dams are full & the wetlands brimming with water…

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It’s difficult to see wildlife in the long grass & the predators are hungry as much of the wildlife has migrated out of the Park…

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The other day I noticed hundreds of ethereal enormous white birds wheeling into treetops on the ridge opposite the Silole Sanctuary……..NOT the usual common egrets….

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Taking shelter from the storms: they stayed all night…..

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Great White Pelicans…..

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Hundreds of them, from the Rift Valley, investigating the huge areas of Kenya that are currently flooded….like Spirits of the Wet….

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The sun comes out briefly from time to time….

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Most wildlife, such as these Plains zebra, are in the Athi Basin & on the Sheep & Goat land adjacent to the Park.

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Many kongoni (especially bulls on their territories) remain in the Park….Yellow -Necked francolin in the foreground.

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The Lightning Bird in his element, hunting frogs…….

Peculiar Display in the Grasslands

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What on earth is this weird design?

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Extraordinary neck contusion & vocally a quiet ‘click!’ then a slightly louder ‘pop’ followed by a deep mooing boom…..

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A male Hartlaub’s  (or Maasai -this sp. only occurs in or nearby Maasailand!) Bustard trying to impress an invisible female hidden in the grass nearby…

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The Click??

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The Moo??

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What do I look like from behind?

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The things we do to TRY & impress…..

Hippo Calf Update

Photos by ROB ALLEN

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The hippoes translocated in the park in recent months (see previous posts) have scattered all over the park & many of the dams have had some(or one) hippoes in them.

But the calf featured here a few weeks ago was spotted & photographed by Rob Allen & is still with Mum in the Nangolomon Dam, itself overflowing with water owing to recent rains.

No mammal in Nature puts on meat (converted from grass;hippoes are of course grazers) quicker than hippoes……

But beware:hungry lions killed one of the translocated hippoes seeking new territory a week or two ago in the Kiserian valley running into the Park.

Let us hope that this fast growing little hippo survives into the future….

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