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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 4 – Weather has such and impact on landscapes.  There is just no such thing as “bad weather”.  It’s nice to have a variety, and we did.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Baobab trees in sunlight shows off the golden trunk.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Giant Baobab trees in a storm look small against a threatening sky.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Acacia trees
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

We explored Arusha National Park for the first time in search of Colobus and Blue Monkeys.

Blue monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Colobus monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Colobus monkeys
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This is our last post on this trip. We hope you will join us on one of our future trips to Tanzania.  And if you are just starting the blog, please scroll down through posts 1-3.  The first photo in post 1 I have in my head all the time. It’s my “go to” space when I need a boost.  Following are some miscellaneous animal photos, some of them quite entertaining.

The elephant spa, babies in there too!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mud treatment does wonders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And the results – just gorgeous, look at the red!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Take. Me. Seriously.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

On the hunt, creeping along.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Precious
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Dung beetle – yes, it is rolling dung into a giant ball.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Crowned cranes
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

OK, I’ve had days like this.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo looking so innocent. They are very dangerous!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Tawny eagle looking for prey.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

European roller waiting to catch a bug flying by.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

The two giants
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The King
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 3 – Having a leisurely time to photograph animals was a real treat.  Sometimes you can see potential and you just have to wait – like a bird capturing a bug in its beak or a lion sitting on a limb in partial sunlight while you wait for that glow to come around to the eyes.  And sometimes you have to be ready and respond fast – like a flamingo taking off, a hippo opening its mouth, or a zebra taking a dust bath (which only lasts seconds).  Sometimes it’s fun to study and capture expressions and behavior.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lovebird
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Ostrich
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Yellow billed storks
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Yellow billed stork
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bat eared fox
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Vervet monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Warthog
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Adorable cat.  Couldn’t end with a warthog face!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

 

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 2 – The Great Migration was in full swing.  From our lodge at Lake Masek to the Central Serengeti, great numbers of wildebeest and their newborn babies paraded in lines and sometimes just covered the landscape.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lion, perched up high watching the parade of food.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cheetahs waiting for an opportunity.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Leopards haul their kill into trees.  As we watched the mom and baby high up in the tree, the catch fell to the ground sending them down to collect it and haul it up again.

The little one follows the mom down the tree to rescue the food.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

This time, the mom wedges the kill into the crotch of the tree – more secure.  The little one goes right to it.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

 

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Post 1 – In February and March of this year, we visited some new places, checked out some new lodges and had some incredible moments.  We spent some time at our usual spots too and came back with some great experiences.  Every visit to Tanzania presents different opportunities.  This year was the most amazing migration ever, as you will see in future posts.  And the elephants just posed perfectly under the baobab trees.  We had our best ever cat moments – lions, cheetahs and leopards.  This post is about the new baby lions and a really good mother (and she had her paws full).  We watched in awe.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play. © 2017 Bob Harvey

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders. © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha - although he did escape again (it must have been a boy). © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha – although he did escape again (it must have been a boy).
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This game went on and on © 2017 Bob Harvey

This game went on and on – he’s getting “the look”
© 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night. © 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Keep checking back.  Next you will see how sibling cheetahs fight over who gets to carry the kill and a leopard mom also with her paws full.

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Mom and baby hippos © 2015 Bob Harvey

Mom and baby hippos
© 2015 Bob Harvey

It’s so much fun to watch the interaction between moms and babies.  Sometimes we like to capture the relationship and sometimes it’s fun to just compose artistically.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Gazelles © 2015 Bob Harvey

Gazelles
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

The adult female lion left this bundle of cubs to endure a downpour.  They changed positions and took turns getting pelted by the rain.  They looked so miserable, no cover for miles.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Poor lion in back is getting doused again as the other lion shakes off the water. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Poor lion in back is getting drenched again as the other lion shakes off the water.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rain stops, sun comes out, all is better. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rain stops, sun comes out, all is better.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Rhinos © 2015 Bob Harvey

Rhinos
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Storm is brewing. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Storm is brewing.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Downpour at sunset © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Downpour at sunset
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

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Post 1 – Tanzania is a land of much excitement.  Animals move about in search of food and water – some for a few miles, while others are on the great migration.  Sometimes we waited for light, sometimes we waited for action.  Many times we witnessed how the animals behaved in a variety of situations, which gave us opportunities for some special photography.

Leopard © 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopard
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopards and rhinos, very difficult to find and this year we were lucky to get both at reasonable distances.  It did take some patience, waiting for this leopard to get up and walk out of the shade, and only for a few seconds.

Black rhinos © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Black rhinos
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

 

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost Wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill.  The other will return to eat. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill. The other will return to eat.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah © 2015 Bob Harvey

Cheetah
© 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect. © 2015 Bob Harvey © 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo and friend. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cape buffalo and friend.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Baby elephant © 2015 Bob Harvey

Baby elephant at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the water hole. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebra at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Our group had a lot of fun learning this technique. It does take some practice. You must pan with the animal as you shoot at a slow shutter speed.

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in February 2017 for our next safari to Tanzania!

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Botswana Photography Safari

In August we traveled to Botswana to explore the vastness of the Okavango Delta. After visiting the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of Victoria Falls, we entered Botswana – gradually getting deeper and deeper into a largely uninhabited region of Africa.

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Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephants

Botswana is the land where we can see elephants close by as they come to visit the water, take mud and dust baths, and interact with each other.  It is fascinating to watch and photograph them as they go about their lives, sometimes oblivious to our presence.

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Elephants approaching the river.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Baby elephant is carefully guarded.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sometimes rocks are mixed with the dust and mud!
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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From the deck of our lodge, we enjoy the dramatic colors of sunset, but the elephants come to drink into the night.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cats

Leopards and lions frequent this area.  Most mornings there were leopard tracks spotted on the way to breakfast!

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Leopard in a tree, waiting for the sun to go down so she can start her evening activities.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Searching for a shady spot to sleep.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Lion washing his face.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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Lions in Love
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

This has been an awesome safari so far.  The group is doing well with photography and we have been treated to many rare experiences.  We saw the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo, lion) by day 2.  We watched and photographed rhinos mating!  Our guide has never even seen this in the 15 years he has guided.  Another rare sighting, the serval, stalked birds for a few minutes right in front of us.  Then there were zebras fighting and lions “dating”. More to come, moving now to the Serengeti.

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Rhino moving fast across the crater floor
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Rhinos mating
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Serval looking for breakfast
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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