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Our African Trip Ev M. and Sally D. Nov 2008. Mt. Kenya Extinct volcano 17000 ft, Africa’s 2nd highest mountain. The Big Five. Elephant Rhinoceros Leopard Lion Water buffalo. Largest land mammals to 12000lbs Live to 70 Females roam in close-knit family herds Dominated by matriarch.

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Our African Trip

Ev M. and Sally D.

Nov 2008

Mt. Kenya

Extinct volcano

17000 ft, Africa’s 2nd highest mountain


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The Big Five

  • Elephant

  • Rhinoceros

  • Leopard

  • Lion

  • Water buffalo


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Largest land mammals to 12000lbs

Live to 70

Females roam in close-knit family herds

Dominated by matriarch



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Black rhinos browse and white rhinos (grass) have different mouth shapes

White bigger and heavier, very rare, confined to Maru



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Female lion mouth shapes



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Water buffalo look introspective and gentle but can be quite ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Cheetah-fastest land animal ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Tail-tip is and individual, like fingerprint


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Giraffe-note acacia thorns ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Born with horns

18 ft tall


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acaci ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Hippos can travel very fast; ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Closely related to whales

Born underwater, weigh to 7000 pounds

No fear of crocs


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Hippo pool ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Gnu or wildebeest ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Vultures and storks on the Masai ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Baboons & Monkeys ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Rock agama ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Birds ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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African crowned eagle ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Overlooking rift valley


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Hammerkop ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Hammerkop nest ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Lake Nakuru is home to 2 million ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Lesser flamingos

Alkaline lake Stocked with tilapia


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Flamingo Lake ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Hyena has complex social life; hunt flamingos ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Egyptian Goose ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Depicted on tombs of ancient Egyptians

Regarded as sacred and kept in captivity


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Black necked heron ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Sacred ibis ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Maribou stork ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Most common stork

Often found with vultures

Predates on flamingoes, causes colonies to disperse and leave eggs


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Yellow billed stork ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Found in inland waters


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Crowned cranes ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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sec ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Secretary bird


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Secretary birds displaying ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Long-legged raptor, walk thru grasslands

Stomp on prey, like snakes, with hardened foot pads


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Pale chanting goshawk ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Melodious call

Spends time walking on ground, eats mainly lizards and small snakes


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Fish eagle ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Feeds on water birds and lesser flamingos

Closely related to kites


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Black shouldered kite ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Hovers for prey


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Martial eagle, resident ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Lappett vultures ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Hadaka Ibis ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Sociable, loud hah-hah calls

Often in villages and cultivated gardens


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Ground hornbill ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Resemble domestic turkeys

Don’t build walled nests,

lay eggs in hollow trees and stumps

or caves


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Find hollow in tree ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Walls herself in with regurgitated pellets of earth and mucus, patted into hold till small slit remains

When too small opening remains, she stays inside and lays 1=2 eggs

Hatch in 45 days, she moults and has to stay 60 more days

Male feeds first the female then the brood, regurg fruits(24000) thru small slit

When grown, female breaks down hole and they leave


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Great blue turaco ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Kori bustard ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Large walking bird, strong legsl


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Helmeted guinea fowl ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

game bird


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Yellow necked spur fowl ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

game bird


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Crowned plover ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Handsome bird of grassy plain


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Wattled plover ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Painted snipe ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Malachite kingfisher ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Wagtail ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Runs along ground and wags tail

Related to pipits and longclaws-claws help for running in long grasses


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Rosy breasted longclaw ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Related to pipits and wagtails


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Common stonechat ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Small open country chat, seen on farm fencepost


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Pin tailed whydah ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

4 lg tail feathers during breeding season

Parasitic on waxbills


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Red naped widowbird ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Only male develops elongated feather


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oxpeckers ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Yellow billed oxpecker ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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African hoopoe ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Weaver nest ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Intricate, often social built to ward off predators, either with material, multiple openings etc


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weaver ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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White eyed salty fly ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Coucal-related to our cuckoos ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Robin chat ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Superb starling ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Lilac roller ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Sunbird ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.

Many beautiful

Not related to hummers, can’t hover. Pierce side of flower, not great pollinators


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Flowers ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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Mammals ferocious. We saw great herds, many just sleeping at waterhole. Favorite spot for yellow billed oxpecker.


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