Kenya – More Photos

My brother Jon sees a world of wildlife in the bush when I see only a little.  I’m not talking about just being able to spot elephants, giraffe, zebra, dik dik, klipstringer, ostrich, and so forth better than me (which he can).  He sees elephants in a broken branch, bark torn off a tree, big round footprints in the dirt with a curvy line where the elephant dragged his trunk. He sees lion prints moving across a road into the bush. He sees a life in a small dung beetle rolling a ball of dung with her back legs that has her unborn babies in it. A bird sitting in a tree has a personality to Jon because he knows everything about it. A coucal bird, for instance, isn’t just a large brown bird. He knows that this bird is a lousy flier who crash lands most of the time, smacking into trees or the ground while attempting to land.  We see a tree full of weaver bird’s nests, and Jon points out that these particular weaver birds always make their hanging houses on the west side of trees.  As we drive on, I see that he’s right.  We see a large bird sitting in a tree surrounded by weaver bird’s nests.  Jon tells me that this bird likes to eat the Weaver babies – not the eggs (although they will do this too), but the chicks. All the weavers will go on the attack, both male and female, to try to stop the large bird, but he mostly ignores the attacks of these tiny birds and continues on eating.

Being in the bush with Jon is a treat – like having your own expert guide with you. He learned all that he knows about the bush from his time in Zimbabwe where he got his hunter/guide license – something at the time that was terribly difficult to pass.

Tsavo Giraffe

Audra, Josh, and Gabe watch animals from the back side of the house we rented in Tsavo

Tsavo Ostrich - In most of the animal kingdom, the males are the beautiful ones. This male ostrich has black feathers while the female is a very plain beige type color. This one turned it's back to us, lifted his back brown feathers and showed us his backside which looked a bit horrifying, like he'd just mooned us, penis and all. *For the sake of the children, the X-rated photo is at the end*

Tsavo - Everything in Africa wants to kill you. This tree has 2-3 inch thorns all over the entire tree.

Tsavo Elephants

Tsavo Elephants - Off in the distance, an elephant crosses the road.

Tsavo Zebra - two zebra play with each other near the water hole close to our house.

Tsavo Ostrich - X-rated photo of an Ostrich mooning us.

2 Comments

  1. Walt 23 June 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    The shot of the elephants off in the distance looks like the same location as Josh’s photo you posted recently. Is it?

    • lcadd 24 June 2010 at 5:13 am #

      Good eyes! Yes it is. But his elephant was much closer and the picture much nicer. It was taken from the house. We saw the elephants on the warden’s airstrip earlier and Jon said they were going to either come to the water hole or cross that road, so we waited but they passed too far down the road.

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