Serengeti

Hyrax! by Walter Kitundu

In the Serengeti you can always seem to find Hyrax around rocky outcroppings. They seem like rodents but are actually related to Elephants.

They can climb anything and the grippy pads on their feet allow them to scale nearly vertical branches.

Here is a closer look at those phenomenal feet.

You can also find them at most visitor centers. This one takes an afternoon rest cradled in a cozy rain gutter.

Grey Crowned Crane by Walter Kitundu

Grey Crowned Cranes are one of those improbably coiffed, unbelievably plumaged apparitions you see in the grass and discount as the murmurings of your imagination. Look again... they are real.

This one is preening in the reeds. I'd never seen one alone before and a few moments later I discovered its mate.

Settled into the grass disguised as some sort of flower. It is hard to tell if that is a nest or just a bird taking a break. I know almost nothing about them so I'm happy to live with the mystery, even so I'm leaning towards it being a bird on eggs. Tough location though given the Leopards in the vicinity.

Time to find a nearby field to forage in.

This is obscured but I like that it shows the headdress stowed away in an aerodynamic position.

Sorry for my absence lately. That's life I guess. BLW is back and I'll try to get into consistent form again. Thanks for all of your comments and for the wonderful feedback. It's great to know these images have a meaningful life out in the world and that they are appreciated.