This is Africa: On Safari in Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha – In Search of Rhinos, Birds and Other Creatures

Our East Africa safari tour continued through the Great Rift Valley of Kenya with stops at Lake Nakuru in search of rhinos and Lake Naivasha to discover some of Africa’s many bird species.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Fly Eagle Fly

Related to the American Bald Eagle, the African fish eagle is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. Like the bald eagle, the female is larger than the male, though as can be seen in this photo, the male, with a wingspan of over 6 feet, is pretty big as well. We saw this beauty at Lake Naivasha, one of the few fresh water lakes in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Hippo Love

It was really hard to find hippo love on our African safari. We saw many, many hippos on our various game drives in Africa, but I quickly discovered that it is very difficult to get a good picture of a hippo. Most of the time they are under water or just barely sticking out their snout, eyes or ears, so that it’s hard to tell what that blob is in the water off in the distance. Unlike many of the other animals, they just seemed to refuse to provide a good pose for the camera. They were either underwater or a group of big lumps lying on a sandbank. Of the many hippo photos I took, this one, taken at Lake Naivasha in Kenya, actually shows them in an unusually active moment while in the water.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Strutting His Stuff

“Yes – I know I am the best looking bird in Africa – don’t you agree?”

An African gray crowned crested crane struts his stuff for the camera at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Keeping an Eye on His Harem

It’s the end of the day and a herd of impalas is grazing in a field on the edge of the woods in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.  The single male – you can identify him by his large curved horns – is keeping a close watch on his harem as well as looking out for predators or other, potentially threatening, males. It’s gotta be a tough job keeping that many females in line.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Spotted Hyena Spotting

We spotted our first spotted hyena at dusk in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya as we were heading back to our lodge. This little guy/gal was moving quickly, presumably, looking for dinner, and totally oblivious to our presence or our desire for good photos in the low light. I have to say that I found them to be a much cuter animal than I expected.

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Rose

Photo POSTcard: A Privileged Sighting of Southern White Rhinos

We were very fortunate to briefly spot a few southern white rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.

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This is Africa: On Safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve – An Experience of Many Firsts

Our first trip to Africa started with a safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The game drives in this vast landscape provided the first views of many of the classic African animals we were hoping to see, along with many other memorable experiences. Continue reading “This is Africa: On Safari in the Maasai Mara Reserve – An Experience of Many Firsts”