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


Tom Kellie

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@tomkellie I just love these photos of vultures. You are just a remarkable photographer as well as poet.

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A Callistemon, red and green, And a Jacaranda beside, Are home to monkeys seldom seen, Who use branches to play and hide. Colobus in a Jacaranda Color Coordinated Colo

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Wildlife makes a strong impression,


Animals and birds in the air,


Moving, each in their own fashion.


Plants also amaze, to be fair.




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Nostalgia for Meru



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Palm and Acacia Scene



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Doum Palm Menorah with Ostrich



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Green Life from Dry Branches


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Merops pusillus is a friend,

Which I've seen before, here and there,

Whose range to Meru does extend,

With green plumage as everywhere.

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Little Bee-eater in Meru

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Merops pusillus

 

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The morning glows from warm sunbeams,


Passing through foliage of bright green.


We stop by one of Meru's streams,


Impressed with freshwater so clean.




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Stream Water



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Thriving Sedges



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Botanical Geometry



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Sprouting Up from a Streambank



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Whirligig Beetles — Gyrinidae sp.


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What's a Meru game drive without,


A lovely sky blue dragonfly?


Spotting it, my heart wants to shout,


In fullest joy, I look and sigh.




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Well Worth the Long Journey to Kenya



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Odonata in Sky Blue


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Miss Northern Wheatear you're so sweet,


Perched like a young lady demure.


Your modest buff plumage looks neat,


Attracting suitors, to be sure.




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Oenanthe oenanthe



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Female Northern Wheatear



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On a Wooden Promontory


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While not skulking birds, Guineafowl,


Tend to remain hidden in shade.


For them low light is like a cowl,


As they scratch for food in a glade.




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Game Drive Guineafowl



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Observed Through Grass


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This Kobus ellipsiprymnus,

Bachelor herd is vigilant,
Taking a careful look at us.
It never hurts to be prudent.

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Interrupted While Grazing

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Running Between the Waterbuck

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Male Waterbuck

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Characteristic Rear Marking

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Kobus ellipsiprymnus

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Two Pairs Of Eyes

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Annular Horns

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Slow Jog Away

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@@Tom Kellie I'm lucky I was looking in my spam folder for something and spotted a notice about this thread. I've been busy and haven't had time to enjoy ST for several months now. What a very special, very Tom sort of trip report. I also adore the fountain pen inserts. And Starbucks Hotel? The Gracious dress shop next to the butcher? Your eye is always so aware. Love that I could feel I was riding along, catching these glimpses of life. Just wonderful.

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I am enjoying this TR very much @@Tom Kellie - especially the photo studies of Colubus and Sykes Monkeys and individual birds. Nice Palm-nut Vulture - I missed one on my first Kenya trip - I hope to catch up with them in the coastal region this next time.

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Meru's water is the reason,


For its biodiversity.


No matter during which season,


Water flows in great quantity.




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Meru's Lifeblood



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On It Flows



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Edge of the Torrent



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Tall Stalks Beside the Stream



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What Cut the Stalks?



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Reflected Destiny



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Blooming Immediately Above the Surface



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Over-water Cluster


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The Rhino Sanctuary gate,


Is protected – there's a firearm,


To deter poachers and create,


A place for rhinos free from harm.




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Rhino Sanctuary Circuit Signpost



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Medusa's Houseplant


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Watching the attentive stalking,


Head cocked to hear the faintest sounds,


It's unlike regular walking,


But is this bird's appointed rounds.




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Pinfeathers



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Standing Tall



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Attentive to the Soil Surface



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Secretary Bird in Meru



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Sagittarius serpentarius


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Anthony looks and then he sees,


What I'd spotted and asked about.


He confirms that they're two species,


Grévy's and Plains zebras, no doubt.




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Grévy's and Plains Zebra



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A Meru Specialty



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Two Zebra Species


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A Reticulated Giraffe,


Or two, browsing in the distance.


Their straight necks like notes on a staff,


Slightly bobbing in this instance.




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Waterbuck Grazing Near a Giraffe



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Giraffe Browsing in the Distance



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Aged Doum Palm


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I'm really enjoying catching up on this TR @@Tom Kellie, I find when I write reports a little after the trip there are details that have been lost to my memory that are returned, which is almost like rediscovering the trip all over. I particularly like the photos of everyday life, I'm always hesitant to take such photos and come back with only a few if any. Looking forward to more!

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And then, there they were together,


A mother rhino and her calf,


Enjoying the sunny weather,


As much as any tall giraffe.




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Mother and Child


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Most smaller mammals tend to skulk,


Minimizing their prey profile.


But with a rhino's massive bulk,


Out in the open is their style.




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Bended Knee



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Dried Mud in Charcoal Grey



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Bulk


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Were one to have ever seen a,


Rhino clad in a tutu pink,


Would it be a ballerina,


No matter what others might think?




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End-to-End



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Size Differential



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Ceratotherium simum Pair with Drongo



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Drongo Watching for Insects Stirred Up



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Trundling Together


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A hesitance, a holding back,

Curious about these strangers.
Despite not much chance of attack,
Vigilant concerning dangers.

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Pausing to Look Back

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In Grass, Framed by Foliage

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Juvenile White Rhinoceros

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Seeking Fresh Inspiration

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Off Into the Hinterland

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Post-rhinos, wildflowers in blue,


From the massive to the petite.


There haven't been many to view,


Thus spotting any is so sweet.




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Meru Blue



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Pollinator Attractors


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Their lofty browsing seems tranquil,


In that giraffes seldom hurry.


Their lifestyle is rather peaceful,


As if free from any worry.




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Double Reticulated



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Unabashed Curiosity



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Giraffes in Two Sizes



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Juvenile Reticulated Giraffe



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Brushwork


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There's something about their chestnut,


Large reticulated pattern,


That's lovely, but I know not what,


Giraffes’ own vision may discern.




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Sparse Browsing



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Elongated Muzzle Ripples



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Deep Chestnut Patterns


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A bird species oft seen in books,

Yet seems remote from daily life,
Every Paradise Whydah looks,
Delightful, both husband and wife.

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Vidua paradisaea

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Whydah Perching Tree

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Long-tailed Paradise Whydahs

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