Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giraffes

I met these giraffes during a morning walk on the Lake Naivasha in Kenya. The area offers several opportunities for hiking safaris (on the lake or in the Hell’s Gate National Park), which are usually forbidden in most Kenyan national parks. The possibility to see wildlife is lower than by car, but it’s much more fascinating to meet such animals directly. 

giraffe Lake Naivasha

giraffe Lake Naivasha

giraffe Lake Naivasha

Birding was poor, maybe too hot or too late in the morning.

hadeda ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)
A Hadeda Ibis.

superb starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
Superb Starling

lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller

Friday, November 27, 2015

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe is a former German city in the Namibian Desert and was built after they found a large diamond and started the exploitation of the diamond fields around (diamond rush in the late 19th and early 20th). Now, it is a ghost town in the diamond restricted area. 

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

Kolmannskuppe

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Debre Damos

Debre Damos is a mountain with a very old (6th century) and famous monastery in Ethiopia. The monastery is placed on the top of the mountain and can be visited by tourists (when we were there were only men were allowed to enter).

Debre Damos

A little problem is the entrance. The only door is 15 m high in a vertical rock wall and is accessible only by a self-made leather rope. It’s funny to go up and down.

Debre Damos entrance in a rock cliff
The entrance.

Debre Damos entrance in a rock cliff


Debre Damos Church
The church of the monastery.

View from Debre Damos
View from Debre Damos.

View from Debre Damos


The cemetery of Debre Damos.
On the cemetery of Debre Damos.
Linked with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chicken with Sticktight Fleas

I saw these chickens in a rural area in Ethiopia. First, I thought the chickens have black feathers around the head, but then I recognized they have a drastic parasite infestation. The parasite is the Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean) also known as hen fleas. They attach themselves with the animal similar to a tick. 

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus (Uraeginthus bengalus) are small passerine birds in Eastern Africa. They are common in many habitats and a typical “garden bird”. In small flocks, often together with other birds, they look like jumping blue dots. A new study has revealed the mating behavior of the monogamous cordon-bleus which is made of a kind of invisible tap dance (have a look to the videos in the supplementary material).

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)
The straw is not for nesting, it is a gift for the female.

Blue-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)

 Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Well Camouflaged

I noticed it at second glance, at first I thought a stone is moving; but it was a single African ground squirrel on the rocks.

striped ground squirrel (Xerus erythropus)

striped ground squirrel (Xerus erythropus)



This guy (a rock hyrax) was more curious and interested to see what I’m doing.

rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

Linked with Viewing Nature with Eileen

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Badlands in infrared light.

The photos are made with a 720nm infrared filter and modified Canon EOS.

Badlands in infrared light.

Badlands in infrared light.

Badlands in infrared light.

Shared with Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yellow-billed Kites



The Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) is a very common bird in Africa and can be found in many habitats. I made these photos near to a small village, were a large flock had a resting place. 

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)





They are also very elegant fliers. 

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)

 Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Striped Skinks

The Striped Skink (Mabuya striata) is a common reptile in southern Ethiopia and a medium sized inconspicuous skink. I had these guys on the terrace of my lodge, were there go to hunt in the evening. They were not shy, very curious and even came into the room. 

Striped Skink (Mabuya striata)
Close-up of a Striped Skink.

Striped Skink (Mabuya striata)

Striped Skink (Mabuya striata)

Striped Skink (Mabuya striata)
Under the window.
Linked with Macro Monday.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Smoke over the city



I made these photos short after sunrise. They show the daily morning smoke over a city in the Ethiopian Mountains, it is produced by making breakfast with wood fires. 

Smoke over the city

Smoke over the city

Linked with Skywatch Friday
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