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Meru, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Kenya — October, 2014


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This White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher,

Or Melaenornis fischeri,

Was tough for the photographer,

Hidden in the periphery.

 

 

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Melaenornis fischeri

 

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Tom Kellie

Nakuru is the habitat,

Of tall giraffe including these.

They're unlike any forest cat,

Striding along like living trees.

 

 

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Nakuru Giraffe

 

 

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Mild Curiosity

 

 

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Beautiful Animals in a Lovely Setting

 

 

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Giraffe Herd

 

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Tom Kellie

A safari's flowers and trees,

Constitute much of what one sees.

Their exuberant life displays,

The beauty of African days.

 

 

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Venerable Classic Spreading Tree

 

 

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Characteristic Kenya Sight

 

 

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Ivory-blooming Wildflower

 

 

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Red Wildflower

 

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Is it buzzard breeding season?

They're everywhere, for what reason?

We've not seen so many before,

Over the trees and by the shore.

 

 

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Low-flying Buzzard

 

 

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Reddish Tail Feathers Spread

 

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33 minutes ago, Tom Kellie said:

Nakuru is the habitat,

Of tall giraffe including these.

They're unlike any forest cat,

Striding along like living trees.

 

 

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Nakuru Giraffe

 

 

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Mild Curiosity

 

 

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Beautiful Animals in a Lovely Setting

 

 

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Giraffe Herd

 

Such a beautiful mature forest that is Tom! 

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Life does indeed have such moments,

Feeling that one's out on a limb. 

All alone, making no comments,

The distant future seems so dim.

 

 

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Baboon On a Limb

 

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Buffalo like to remain cool,

When midday sunshine is intense.

An acacia is a shade tool,

Which shows their ample common sense.

 

 

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Floral Sunshade

 

 

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Structures Along the Rim

 

 

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Draped Over a Track

 

 

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Buffalo Know Where It's Cool

 

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Tom Kellie

We're of interest to someone,

A pair of ostrich eyes watch us.

She walks near in the midday sun,

Crossing the track without a fuss.

 

 

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Female Ostrich

 

 

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Ostrich in Nakuru

 

 

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Ostrich On Track

 

 

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Heading to the Other Side

 

 

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Ostrich in Context

 

 

 

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A Black-headed Heron is here,

Stalking in tall grass by the shore,

Cautiously watching us draw near,

Flies even closer than before.

 

 

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Ardea melanocephala

 

 

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Black-headed Heron

 

 

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Near the Shore

 

 

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Ardea melanocephala in Flight

 

 

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Graceful Arcs

 

 

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After Landing

 

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No less than three snow-white egrets,

Attend the burly dagga-boy,

With no signs of any regrets,

For silly bird games they enjoy.

 

 

 

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Dagga-boy with Buddies

 

 

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Seeking Greener Pastures

 

 

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Impala, Waterbuck, Gazelles, 

All grazing in tranquility,

Then...they're all running...from sounds, smells?

Where went their equanimity?

 

 

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Thomson's Gazelle, Waterbuck and Impala

 

 

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Leaps and Bounds

 

 

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Fleeing Hot Pursuit

 

 

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Repositioning Impala

 

 

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Last to Depart

 

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In the hazy distance is seen,

A rhino's distinctive profile,

Although our vision isn't keen,

Distinctive horns bring a broad smile.

 

 

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Rhino with Buffalo, Gazelle and Zebra

 

 

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Rhino Beside Lake Nakuru

 

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Feeding consumes most of a day,

The search for edible morsels,

Leaves little time for rest or play,

Developing a bird's muscles.

 

 

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Shallow Water Feeder

 

 

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Sloshing Water

 

 

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Specialized Bill

 

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A dining companion provides,

Comfort, safety and reassures,

Where a threat in nearby grass hides,

Hence a fine meal with less pressures.

 

 

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African Spoonbill Pair

 

 

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Platalea alba Duo

 

 

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All-day Ingestion

 

 

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Dining à Deux

 

 

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Spoonbills Near Flamingoes

 

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I greatly respect Kenya guides,

No matter their bona fides.

They drive, plan, listen and explain,

Yet withal, they seldom complain.

 

 

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Safari Van

 

 

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Guide Speaking to a Pad

 

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Safety in numbers for the young,

Tranquility when in a crowd,

They each sense peace when they're among,

Remaining neither shrill nor loud.

 

 

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Paddling Together

 

 

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Shades of Mild Brown

 

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