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.