Friday, 25 November 2011

The Big Five

Well we have just returned from Kenya again and it was awesome I am sure it just gets better,I am
at home with African birds and mammals,possibly somewhere different next time as the icing on the cake is over running.
We stayed in Mombasa along Diani beach far from Somalia and its problems ,the hotel was good even a couple of good bird sightings,of note Crowned Hornbill and Lizard Buzzard.
a We had arranged to fly into the Mara from nearby Ukunda,and to stay at a different camp called
Mara Intrepids ,we had done our homework on Leopards and this seemed right according to the Big Cat Diary. Our guide was John Parmasau probably the best guide in the Mara ,a local Masai John
and I became good friends plus Aatish Patel and his brother we soon got some good birds and mammals.
Bahati the Leopard showed soon as did Rhino, Cheetah with cubs and all the regular big 5.
On the first game drive the heavens opened but it did not stop me photographing Bahati.
On the second day we were late for lunch as we got Rhinoceros a lot closer than last year.Finally
just before leaving John located Cheetah with very young cubs ,Masai hunter at his best ,perception
of the animals in his territory without him we would have not been so fortunate.Well thats all for now
next some birds of the Mara?.