Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sends some photos from Africa; his notes are indented. There are two other sets of his Africa photos in the queue; they’ll appear presently.

Here is a set of photos from the western Serengeti, where we finally caught up with the rain.

Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and other ungulates often are accompanied by cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) that forage for insects disturbed by the grazers.  Note the thin layer of new green growth, a sign that rains arrived a few days earlier.  The largest wildebeest looks almost tattooed on the face and forehead.  I’n not sure if those are normal markings, or perhaps scars?


This black-faced vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) was on a tree just by our porch at the last “camp”.  I’m not sure if he is eating a flower or a fruit with remnants of the flower still attached.


The only other primate we saw was the olive baboon (Papio anubis).  They typically were in large troops and kept their distance from the “road”, so I don’t have great closeups.



Here is another nice group of Masai giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis).


It was interesting see giraffes lying down.  I wonder if they are vulnerable to predators when doing so.  I would think it would take them a minute to get back up.


Here we are caught in a downpour (actually, hail) with some topi (Damaliscus lunatus).


Finally, on our last morning, we saw big herds of wildebeest on the move in response to those rains.  It was at least a glimpse of what the famous  Serengeti migration is like. Be sure to look off in the distance for a sense of the numbers, particularly in the last photo.






  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Great pics!

    This giraffe takes 4 seconds to stand up:

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    The Wildebeest, at first glance, look irritated, but when you look closer they have such relaxed, kind eyes.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 17, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      I prefer their native name t’gnu – the gnu face with the little mane makes me think this is the sort of person I’d enjoy talking to down the pub – bound to have interesting hobbies

  3. Christopher
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Clearly the vervet monkey was finishing off a bag of Cheetos.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Flanders & Swann: The Gnu Song

  5. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    First time I have seen a picture of giraffes lying down. Beautiful animals.

    • nicky
      Posted December 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Same here, never seen that, in real life or photograph.
      The rest contains some good photos, but not really as novel as the lying giraffes.

  6. Posted December 17, 2016 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Micks Blog and commented:
    Can never get enough, amazing photography!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the African fauna. Probably my favorite subject of RWPs. And these all look to be vibrant, healthy specimens.

  8. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    So simple, so great.

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