You are a lovely group of people..! Your votes are appreciated and your comments are truly wonderful (except Alex, who is back on the Lions list - after she has landscaped the Nairobi National Park so that it's all level
). The thorny subject of poaching came up (I am pleased you put a 'blushing face' after your one liner, Jeff - but you did give me a fit of the giggles..
). Poaching is taken very seriously in Kenya and aside from Rangers driving around in vehicles night and day, to my utter amazement, during the day, they walk
, singly and in pairs, throughout the park (armed with AK47's)..!! 'Bwana' means 'man', or 'mister', Andrew, so you would be Bwana Andrew Thamboo.
There's one or two of you who need to go to Specsavers - both Mum and Baby Rhino have got grass hanging out of their mouths - what do you think that's for, building a nest? They don't open and close their mouths to eat, but grind away with their large molars. But I liked the one from Nezih "...they are swimming in their food
Unlike the Masai Mara, off-road driving is not allowed in the local game park, so one is restricted to driving on murram (earth) roads and tracks. Thus, the prolific use of a 500mm lens and a x 1.4 extender. But you are right, Ed and Keith, if it's good enough for the Rangers to walk about, there shouldn't be anything to stop Nathan wandering around with his 50mm f1.8 which Santa gave him for Christmas... but I wouldn't recommend taking your own AK47 along
I spent a large part of Sunday - and took a day off work on Monday - sorting through 683 images, taken in a space of 34 minutes, last Saturday (for goodness sake, don't tell my sons, back in Scotland, running the family business. I am well behind with a project, as it is
I was privileged to witness one of the greatest thrills of my life - an African Black-shouldered Kite, who normally hunts only insects or mice - took a baby Monkey, amongst a cacophony of sound. I whittled this vast amount of images down in five stages, to just 20. My idea is, to periodically show uploads of 4 images of this collection, so as not to bore you with either one massive upload, or too much repetition.
I was greatly hampered by the twigs surrounding the Kite, the position of the tree - and the fact it was mostly facing away from me or in its own shadow, but I did my best with the situation.
V1. The Kite's eyes are really that red / orange colour.
V2. Periodically, the Kite ripped off beakfuls of Monkey fur, which floated around in the air.
V3. The Kite threw out a large portion of Monkey, which I thought to be its head - later on, not so sure.
V4. Swallowing a Monkey leg.
Have a Tremendous Tuesday..!
PS: Please excuse my brevity in commenting on your images today - I really do have to get on with my project
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African Black-shouldered Kite
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