Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Flamingos at sunrise

We kept to our schedule of being out at 6:30am and Andrew would be ready with a clean car; he must wash it each night after dropping us off.

Yellow-billed stork
Sacred Ibis

Lesser Flamingo

Today we went straight down to the flamingos and were rewarded with a spectacular sight with hundreds of them in the warm hue of sunrise. Lindsay of course, got the best shots with his 600mm lens but I was quite happy to take lots of pictures even though I knew mine would all probably be deleted as they were further away. I did get to use Lindsay’s camera for a little while, but they are really hard to catch flying, so I concentrated on some stills instead.

Unlike Samburu, there are so many Cape buffalo here and they are considering moving a large number out of the park. I was given a survey to fill in and agreed that this was a good idea as this is normal practice when a specific species become over-populated.

African Cape Buffalo

Rothschild Giraffe
The Rothschild giraffe are the giraffes that everyone normally associate with giraffes, and this is the species in this park.

We were lucky to see two male gazelles fighting

Thompson Gazelles
Makalia Falls
This Agama Lizard was on a rock where we had morning tea, high on a hill overlooking Lake Nakuru

Agama Lizard

Vervet monkeys are in this park too
Apart from being entertained by some vervet monkey and baboons, the afternoon game drive was uneventful until quite late. We found out where some white rhino were and on the way there, Andrew’s eye was drawn towards some trees. A leopold had swished it’s tail and the movement had alerted Andrews keen eyesight and tracking skills. It was so far away in the shade that Lindsay was the only one to get a picture. Lots of other cars stopped to look but without binoculars they wouldn’t have seen anything, so we showed them what they were missing.

the only leopold we saw in Nakuru
White Rhino are more common in this park than black

All the guides at Freeman safaris are trained wildlife safari guides, there is a bronze, silver and gold level to attain. There are many guides that want to work for Brian and we were told how one potential employee was given two weeks to memorise a book on African birds. Then he would be tested. He passed and got the job! They do occasionally have to look bird species up, but at least they know which section of the book to look!

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