You lookin' at me?

You lookin' at me?

Taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia in Sept 2013.

We went out early, before sunrise, to watch the sun come up over the dunes. The way the light hits the sands is truly breath-taking.

We came across this oryx, standing by the side of the road. A very distinctive creature standing out against a sandy background.

Times two

Times two

Taken in Lake Oloiden, near Naivasha, Kenya in January 2011.

I couldn't tell you what these birds are but they were just two of many different birds on Lake Oloiden. We spent about 2 hours on the lake, gliding through flamingos, hippos, reeds and these birds.

I love the way the water picks up the greens of the bushes and trees around the lake, offsetting the colour of the birds.

 

Beautiful bird

Beautiful bird

Taken in the Masai Mara in January 2011.

This was a beautiful martial eagle was sunning itself on a branch but still keeping an eye out for its next prey. I couldn't get over its talons - wouldn't want to meet this bird in a dark alley!

My almost pet goat!

My almost pet goat!

Taken in Lalibela Market in Ethiopia, January 2011.

I fell in love with this goat. We were walking through the main Lalibela Market, a huge affair, when we came across this goat sitting all by itself. It looked at me with this cheeky little smile, and I thought 'can I get him into my suitcase?' I asked my guide to enquire how much he cost, out of interest. A bargain at $15 USD!!

Sadly, I had to leave him in Lalibela - strict luggage allowance!

Three brothers #1

Three brothers #1

Taken in the Maasai Mara in January 2011.

These three cheetahs were well known to the local guides. Apparently they were three brothers who were always seen together.

 

 

 

Three brothers #2

Three brothers #2

Taken in the Maasai Mara in January 2011.

These three cheetahs were well known to the local guides. Apparently they were three brothers who were always seen together.

We came across them one morning, enjoying each others company on top of a rather large termite mound. Magic.

 

Three brothers #3

Three brothers #3

Taken in the Maasai Mara in January 2011.

These three cheetahs were well known to the local guides. Apparently they were three brothers who were always seen together.

We came across them one morning, enjoying each others company on top of a rather large termite mound. Magic.

It was particularly fun watching them clean themselves; I managed to click this photo as one of the cheetahs licked his nose.

Three brothers #4

Three brothers #4

Taken in the Maasai Mara in January 2011.

These three cheetahs were well known to the local guides. Apparently they were three brothers who were always seen together.

Here they are as they headed off into the long grass, after something caught their eye. They disappeared into a ravine, probably going to get a spot of lunch.

Stormy skies

Stormy skies

Taken in the Masai Mara in January 2011.

 

This photo reminds me so much of what the Mara was like when I was there. It would be a beautiful sunny morning and then suddenly the sky would darken behind us, sillouetting the animals. This mama and baby were oblivious to both us and the sky, having a nice old munch on some grass.

Don't mess with me!

Don't mess with me!

Taken in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, in January 2011.

I was very miffed with my driver as he provoked this lone male elephant into displaying his displeasure about having a car in his path.

But it certainly made for a great photo!

Luckily this elephant seemed to be all show. After a bit of noise, he carried on his way - and we went in the opposite direction!

Did you get my best side?

Did you get my best side?

Taken in Lake Nakuru, Kenya, January 2011.

We spent a wonderful day driving around Lake Nakuru. Known for its mass of flamingos, I was surprised to see several rhino wandering around the park.

This particular white rhino couldn't have been less bothered that he had an audience as he grazed on the grass. It was really special to see such a majestic animal up close.

Glowing eyes

Glowing eyes

This beautiful side-striped jackal appeared in the long grass in the late afternoon sun. He played hard to get so we never got too close to him. But he did pause once or twice in the grass so I managed to take a couple of photos of him.

 

Taken in June 2015 in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Side stripe jackal

Side stripe jackal

Taken in June 2015 in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

 

This beautiful side-striped jackal appeared in the long grass in the late afternoon sun. He played hard to get so we never got too close to him. But he did pause once or twice in the grass so I managed to take a couple of photos of him.

 

Spot me!

Spot me!

Taken in June 2015 in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

 

This beautiful female leopard just came wandering out of the bush as we were driving through the area early one morning. She was quite happy to check out our vehicle - and even posed for a few photos!

Did you get my good side?

Did you get my good side?

Taken in June 2015 in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

 

This majestic fish eagle was perched above one of the channels in the Delta looking for its dinner. 

Shhhh, I'm trying to sleep

Shhhh, I'm trying to sleep

Taken in June 2015 in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.


This African Eagle Owl was fast asleep in a tree. I'm not sure how our guide spotted it, but he did - and I'm so glad. What a beautiful bird.

Are you lookin' at me?!

Are you lookin' at me?!

Taken in June 2015 in the Chobe National Park, Botswana.

 

This goshawk was sunning itself in the morning sun - perched on a branch, bold as brass, for everyone to see. 

Rise and shine

Rise and shine

Taken in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, January 2011.

This sleepy lion was just getting up from his perch in the grass on the crater floor early in the morning. I think he was licking his lips thinking of his breakfast meal!