Readers’ wildlife photographs (and a video)

Reader Joe Dickinson has another set of photos from a recent trip to Africa; his notes are indented.

Here’s another set from Tanzania.  The Ngorongoro caldera is another site with year-round water (from the surrounding highlands), so it has resident populations that do not migrate.

Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) often move between the highlands and the caldera, so we encountered them mostly on the slopes coming down from the rim, either in mixed herds or in small groups of bulls.
Here are three shots at or near the a waterhole called the Hippo Pool. Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) look like stones in the foreground of the first shot and zebras (Equs quagga) and wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) spread out over the surrounding grasslands.
Here is a black-backed jackal (Canus mesomelus) that had just been scavenging from lion feces.
This isn’t my sharpest image but, knowing Jerry’s fondness for lion cubs (Panthera leo), I had to put this in.  They are in the middle of a blackened area resulting from a controlled burn intended to promote new growth.
Here is a young male lion, possibly ejected from his birth pride but not yet master of his own.
And, finally, a mature male looking serenely regal.
A panorama of the hippo pool; see the video at bottom:
And a lovely video: look at all those animals!
Pan at the Hippo Pool, Ngorongoro, Tanzania:


  1. Posted January 8, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    What a fabulous video! Thanks!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Just hang around the water and it all comes to you.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    What bountiful and beautiful nature you have seen! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jenny Haniver
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Love the hippos. I find that one collective noun for hippos is “a bloat”; that’s certainly the case in these photos and the video.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Though “bleb” is singular, I want to collectivize it and say that I see a bleb of hippos, though could say blebs.

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    It’s wonderful to see these vast tracts of wilderness supporting varied wildlife. Let’s hope they don’t become housing developments.

  6. nickswearsky
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Love the Cape Buffalo! Hemingway said it best: “They look at you like you owe them money.”

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