Ostrich in the tall Mara grass. If you look closely this male is starting to get a redder beak (and shins) than he usually would have, signaling he is getting ready to impress some females during the breeding season!
This picture was taken when this bull tried to mock charge us.
More often a situation occurs when one from the herd will be upset with you. In that case you’ve approached too closely. Then an annoyed elephant will usually first mock charge. This usually first involves a lot of ear flapping, head shaking and loud trumpeting – mock charges are often preceded by ‘displacement activities’, and the animals often show uncertainty about charging. The elephant then runs towards you with ears spread out, head held high, and trumpeting loudly. This is terrifying, especially if you’re not used to it. But be impressed, not surprised
By the way, an elephant can move at 40kmph when it charges.
Serval cat at the Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya. Servals are small wild cats native to Africa. The majority of their population is distributed across the south of the Sahara in the savannah near watercourses (flowing bodies of water).Research has shown that the African serval cat is closely related to both the African golden cat and the caracal. Although the fur pattern is often variable, the body features black spots and a few stripes over a golden coat. As the serval is nocturnal, it hunts its prey at night. They mainly prey on rodents but eat birds, reptiles, insects, fish, and frogs when the opportunity for a kill arises. Servals eat incredibly quickly and can travel as much as 3 or 4 kilometers each night in search of food.The serval has the longest legs, relative to body size, of any cat and this allows them to jump and run up to 80 kilometers per hour with agility through the savannah grass. Not only are they able to dig underground in search of rodents, they can also jump 2 to 3 meters in the air and snatch birds. Their incredible intelligence and wit allows them a 50% success rate for catching pray. #serval#masaimara#africageophoto
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Early morning birding... Some of our best birding has taken place before the sun has even risen. Summer normally leads to the most number of bird species in a day. It's been a struggle this winter to do any birding hopefully with spring approaching we can continue to add to our bird list for the year.
Here we have a Swainson's spurfowl or Swainson's francolin (Pternistis swainsonii) these birds have one of the most unique African bush calls, often leading to sightings of predators as they alarm call or even act like a rooster and give wake up calls early in the morning.