Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Eyasi and Serengeti again!

So, I've quickly sorted some of the several hundred photos from our trip to Eyasi and Serengeti. As usual the story is best told by the photos themselves, I think:
The pool at Eyasis is still a firm favourite!

But climbing the rock for sundowners was appreciated too.

Mama and Grandma joined the Hazabe early the next morning

Yumm, Blue-naped Mousebird!

Mousebird and squirrel roasting nicely.

Not much meat on a squirrel

But it's very tasty!

More hunting...

Then fun times on the mudflats

And with the family of the new teachers - sprinklers are great!

Sundowners on the tower aren't bad either
Unfortunately the cloud was down as we drove up the escarpment road, and I didn't get any good shots from the forest where I had a new bird (getting to be a rare event in these parts now!) - a rather non-descript Brown Parisoma...

The migration was on the plains once we hit Serengeti though - always a highlight

Mama and Grandma got up very early for a baloon flight

You load in the basket horizontally...

BUt once upright it's great!

Spot the hippo!

And yes, you can have too much champagne for breakfast!

Seronera was rather quiet for wildlife though - too much rain

Serengeti is very pretty though, even if the beasts are elsewhere

We were at Dunia Camp (Moru Kopjes) for it's 2nd birthday

Much partying for all!

Here's the camp in the dry.

and lots of nice lions around Moru, all to ourselves (even one briefly hunting reedbuck, which was nice.

Gong rocks were good for a stop

Happily, we got Grandma her leopard too, even if it was a bit of a runt...

That's a wee big enough for an elephant!

Heuglin's Coursers are rather smart

Topi are always smart

And some of our fans need giraffe shots!

We even found some cheetah on our way out, not far from camp

Despite the sun in all the photos, it was incredibly wet and road conditions were, well, challenging! Happily, we didn't get stuck, but we did have lots of fun and did some good slipping and sliding. And drove through a few rivers...

Steel-blue Whydah are always rather nice!

And Usambiro Barbet is a good Serengeti endemic

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