Birds of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania, East Africa.

 

I’d like to start by giving credit to Raymond Kelso and Diane Foucher of the Pleistocene Society and all the staff of Tembo Adventure and Safari, Ltd., for the enormous amount of work they put into a great photo safari in Tanzania, Africa.

Lions, Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelles, Landscapes, Flowers, Cheetahs, Dung-Beetles, and Birds are just some of the more than 2,000 digital images I captured over the sixteen-day adventure. If you’ve already skimmed my blog, you know that this was my second photo safari into Africa. I did less than a poor job of snapping photos of birds on the first and I determined to do a better job this time. I would liked to have added all the more than 1,400 birds of Tanzania, but alas….

My images won’t match up to the standards of the Audubon Society or National Geographic. I make no excuses, I’m just not a professional wildlife photographer with deep pockets. In some instances, the shooting conditions were poor. Like the first photo of the vulture in the tree. Probably 150 meters away. Max (135mm) zoom. Overcast sky. Primary light behind the subject. With the help of Photoshop CC, I tricked some of the images out.

Please note: All the images are my copyright. If you use them for any purpose without my permission, you are a thief. If that statement upsets you, so be it.

 

A Vulture in a Tree

A Vulture in an Acacia Tree

 

 

White-faced Whistling Duck

White-faced Whistling Duck

Yellow-billed Stork (1)

Yellow-billed Stork

 

Yellow-billed Stork (2)

Yellow-billed Stork

Abdim's Stork

Abdim’s Stork

Zitting Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Yellow-rumped Seedeater

Yellow-rumped Seedeater

Averaging around four inches from beak to tail-tip, this was the smallest bird I came across.

 

Yellow-billed Stork (4)

Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork (3)

Yellow-billed Stork

Blacksmith Lapwing Plover

Blacksmith Lapped-wine Plover

Whitge-headed Buffalo Weaver

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

Wake of Vultures (5)

Wake of Vultures

When vultures gather at a carrion site for a (disgusting) feast, it is called a wake. In the pictues below, the wake had been startled in flight. They were back in less than a minute.

Wake of Vultures (3)

Wake of Vultures

Wake of Vultures (2)

Wake of Vultures

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?? Unknown

Superb Starling with Speke's Weaver

Superb Starling & Speke’s Weaver

Superb Starling (2)

Superb Starling

Superb Starling (1)

Superb Starling

Speke's Weaver

Speke’s Weaver

Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill

Secretary Bird (2)

Secretary Bird

According to one of our safari guides (thanks, Peter) the Secretary Bird’s main diet consists of snakes. Literature says it kills its prey by stamping on it. This is Tanzania’s National Bird.

Secretary Bird (1)

Secretary Bird

Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis

Rüppell's Vulture

Ruppell’s Vulture

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Red-necked Spurfowl

Red-necked Spurfowl

Red-necked Spurfowl Chick

Red-necked Spurfowl Chick

Red-billed Hornbill (3)

Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed Hornbill (2)

Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed Hornbill (1)

Red-billed Hornbill

Ostrich(M)

Ostrich(M)

Ostrich(F) (2)

Ostrich(F)

Ostrich(F) (1)

Ostrich(F)

Ostrich Flock

Ostrich Flock

Northern White-crowned Shrike (2)

Northern White-crowned Shrike

Northern White-crowned Shrike (1)

Northern White-crowned Shrike

Marabou Storks

Marabou Storks in Acacia

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork

Lilac-breasted Roller (4)

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (3)

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (2)

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (1)

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

The Kori Bustard has the reputation of being the largest, heaviest bird capable of flight — weighing in at 30+ pounds.

Helmeted Guineafowl (2)

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Helmeted Guineafowl (1)

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Hamerkop (2)

Hamerkop

Less than half the size of the Kori Bustard, the Hamerop has the reputation of building a nest twice the size of the Bustard.

Hamerkop (1)

Hamerkop

Grey-headed Sparrow (3)

Grey-headed Sparrow

Grey-headed Sparrow (2)

Grey-headed Sparrow

Grey-headed Sparrow (1)

Grey-headed Sparrow

Grey Crownd Crane (4)

Grey-crowned Crane

Grey Crownd Crane (3)

Grey-crowned Crane

Grey Crownd Crane (2)

Grey-crowned Crane

Grey Crownd Crane (1)

Grey-crowned Crane

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingos

Great White Pelican (2)

Great White Pelicans

Great White Pelican (1)

Great White Pelican

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Gabar Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

Egyptian Goose (2)

Egyptian Goose

Chestnut Weaver

Chestnut Weaver

Blacksmith Lapwing Plover (2)

Blacksmith Lapwing Plover

I hope you enjoyed my presentation of pictures of a tiny few of the 1,400+ birds that range through East Africa. If you’re thoinking of putting a trip like this on your bucket list…, take my advice and don’t — just go and do it.