Saturday, 6 September 2014

A day old elephant


Reticulated Giraffe calf
Today's sightings included a baby Reticulated giraffe, Egyptian geese, two jackell’s with a dik dik kill, a day old baby elephant and Rufous-crowned roller, the lilac-breasted roller...

Egyptian Geese
Rufous-crowned roller
Some Beisa Oryx where fighting, they have very long sharp pointed horns and luckily they lost interest in each other and stopped. A tortoise, now that I didn’t expect to see. The grey crowned cranes are one of the most beautiful birds either of us have ever seen. The warthogs are lighter in colour here than Botswana, which makes them blend in with their surroundings.

Beisa Oryx fighting
Beisa Oryx family
Leopold Tortoise
Grey Crowned Crane
Warthogs back into waterholes so that they are in the right position to get out, (forward) if they are attacked.

Yellow necked Spurfowl
At the end of the day we came across another herd of elephants. A baby was having a play in a large puddle and his mother had to help him get out.

Elephant calf in trouble
Elephants suckle on their mother’s for about two years. Their tusks are fully out at two years too! At 15 years of age, a male elephant will be ousted from the herd and will join a bachelor herd.

So even though we are seeing mostly the same animals now, we are seeing different sides of their behaviour.

The special five of Samburu National Park are the grave zebra, the beisa oryx, the reticulated giraffe, the gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich.

Later that night while trying to sleep, I heard bushes being crushed, there were a herd of elephants walking through camp!

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