|The view from our room in the Mara Serena Lodge|
|African Grey Flycatcher|
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture and a Maribou Stork were riding the now-warming air currents.
Grey-backed Fiscal (shrike). A few meters later a large snag hosted a number of Maribou Storks, White-backed Vultures, and Lappet-faced Vultures. Another group of tiny Cisticolas were seen, photographed but as-yet unidentified... (grrrr).
Serval cat in the road ahead. The normally shy, nocturnal feline RARELY seen in daytime was slowly sauntering along the road and pausing just briefly to sniff the air. An approaching tour van would surely scare it into the grass so I readied the camera for a nice profile before it disappeared. Luckily it stayed to the edge of the grass appearing to stalk something in the grass. I had to switch to manual focus in order to photograph it through the grass (2). But soon it retuned to the road and continued along in front of us. Only when we reached a herd of Wildebeest crossing the road did it finally disappear.
either side of the road and crossing several at a time. We spent some time photographing them crossing before we split the herd and drove on through. For miles on either side of us were herds of the Wildebeest with Zebra scattered throughout. The tall grasslands and hillsides.
Because the Serengeti migration involves a circular north-south route from Kenya to Tanzania, we concluded that these animals are literally the first animals to have crossed the Mara River from Tanzania. We'd been traveling south through the Serengeti to get to the lodge and hadn't encountered this many animals in one location.
Hippos in the rushing, muddy waters. At this location the entrance fees to the park could be paid with credit cards, but we ran into problems. The 'popular' Visa cards were denied, first for Guy, then for Deb, and then for us! Had we not had second Visa cards (thank you NuPathCU) our trip would be over. But we finally got our entry passes and were free to drive into the park. I spent a few minutes in the hot sun photographing the numerous Grey-capped Social Weavers and Speckled Weavers that were foraging on the grounds, along with several Agama Lizards and numerous Acacia Rats. Overhead the trees were filled with nests from both sets of Weaver birds (2).
White-backed Vultures, Ruppell's Griffon Vultures, and Maribou Storks. We were late for lunch, and had started hearing something crashing somewhere under the van, so we didn't stop unti we reached the lodge.
Heaven on Earth
Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located on the side of a large hill overlooking the plains below. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with an awe-inspiring view of the Mara River and hundreds of miles of spectacular scenery in every direction.
Masai Mara NR, Narok, Kenya
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Grey-capped Social Weavers
Ruppell's Long-tailed Starlings
Aftrican Grey Flycatchers
White-browed Robin Chat
Ruppell's Griffon Vulture