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Old May 4, 2011, 2:14 AM   #1
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Default Samburu National Reserve Day 2

Day 2 saw us do the usual early morning game drive. We came across mama cheetah resting under some bushes, far in the distance. She had two juvenile cubs, and after sitting patiently waiting for them, they decided to go hunt dik dik for breakfast! Watched the cubs make a kill, it happened so fast I barely got any shots.

In the afternoon, we crossed the Uoso Bridge into Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which lies next to Samburu and saw a huge herd of elephants at the observation post. Plently of reticulated giraffe as well. You'll note the giraffe have a different colour and pattern from normal giraffe.

We also saw lots of Oryx and Grevy's zebras. Again you will note the zebra have different bat-shaped ears and lighter thinner stripes. Plenty of gerenuk here too, the "two legged" impala.

Some nasty looking crocs came to the lodge in the evening to feed on bones thrown by staff. I also got a genet cat, but I cant seem to remove the "red eye" on picnik. Someone help!

Hope you enjoy, full set on flickr if you like.


scrubland by babasujaan, on Flickr


Oryx by babasujaan, on Flickr


Grevy's Zebra by babasujaan, on Flickr


Juvenile dik dik squaring up for a fight by babasujaan, on Flickr


stalking dik dik by babasujaan, on Flickr


mama and her boys by babasujaan, on Flickr


Dik dik hunt by babasujaan, on Flickr


Mum, wait for me! by babasujaan, on Flickr


walking is good for the heart by babasujaan, on Flickr


Sunset over the Ewaso Nyiro river by babasujaan, on Flickr


look at his teeth! by babasujaan, on Flickr


Genet cat with severe red eye by babasujaan, on Flickr
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Old May 4, 2011, 10:38 AM   #2
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Wow, wow, wow! I can't stop looking at these, DML!! All truly fantastic shots. The first one is a fantastic scenery shot. Love the baby dik diks and sorry to hear one got eaten, oh well, cheetahs need to survive too. Speaking of cheetahs, they are always a pleasure to see. I love the genet cat, so unusual and beautiful, never seen one before. The giraffe, oryx and elephant shots really define African safari. Thanks again for the virtual tour!
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Old May 4, 2011, 5:29 PM   #3
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I second Salys comments about the wonderful 'virtual tour'

Nature can be breathtaking, but sadly it can be so cruel.....

If left to fend for myself I would go veggie or starve
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Old May 5, 2011, 12:49 AM   #4
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Too true, nature is brutal but also beautiful. Thank you for your comments...
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This series is absolutely outstanding!! Love them all.

Thanks for sharing that wonderfull place with fabulous animals
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Really a nice work
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Thanks for the tour, really well done. My faves are the elephant and giraffe shots, just love the composition and clarity of them. More please
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