Posts in Category: nature

Wednesday extra: Monitor Lizard

Not our first Nile Monitor Lizard of the trip to Uganda in August…we saw one from the boat on the actual Nile in Murchinson Falls National Park earlier, but we were on foot for this one…beside the Kazinga Channel in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Sony Rx10iv at 238mm equivalent (so close). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 250 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus 1.3EV.

Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — We left the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park shortly after lunch for the, shall we say, “brutal” drive to the southern sector, or Ishasha as it is known. It is a long dive on a dirt road that way too many big trucks headed to or from far western Uganda use, it is always in desperate need of grading, and we are always in just a bit too much of a hurry to get to our lodge and what the Ishasha sector has to offer…from Topi to tree-climbing lions. We stopped at a small pond along the way to look for water birds and were rewarded with this somewhat bedraggled Scared Ibis…maybe not feeling quite so sacred at the moment. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed In Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4.5 @ 1/1000th.

Mom Lion

Lion: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — The sharp eyes of Moses, our driver/guide for our Uganda safari, picked out the mother lion in the shade of a bush near the cub from yesterday’s post. Some maneuvering with the Land Cruiser and we found a spot on the road with a decent view through the long grasses. As I mentioned yesterday, she has worn a tracking collar for many years now, so this is a well known and well studied lion…with many successful litters of cubs over the years. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th.

Little lion in the tall grass

On our first pass by this spot, the lions were there, or were presumed to be there, as they had been seen a few moments before…but we could not find them in the long grasses. On our way back out, our driver/guide Moses spotted this cub, maybe two years old (practically a teenager in lion terms)…just a set of ears twitching above the grasses…and we watched as it eventually got up and moved around and gave us better views…still in the long grass…but better. The lions of Queen Elizabeth are well studied and monitored. The mom in this small pride wears a radio collar, so the rangers pretty much know where the pride is on a day to day basis. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th.

Sunday Supplement: Vervet Monkey

A young Vervet Monkey in a Candelabra Tree in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda in August of this year. I am not sure what it is looking at…but it is certainly looking! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

Yellow-billed Oxpecker on African Buffalo

Yellow-billed Oxpecker on African Buffalo: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Pretty much your classic shot of a Yellow-billed Oxpecker…and pretty much your classic portrait shot of an African or Cape Buffalo. Oxpeckers are actually parasitic on some animals, like Giraffes, where they open wounds on the animals hide to attract insects, but in the Buffalo it is a symbiotic relationship where the Oxpecker eats the insects that would eat the Buffalo. Sony Rx10iv at 526mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th.

Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — a classic shot of the Little Bee-eater. I love bee-eaters! Such fierce bright little birds! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 200 @ f4 @ 1/500th. Plus 1.3EV.

Black Friday Special! Hippo from the bank

Hippopotamus: Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — I have lots of photos of hippos taken from the boats on the the Nile and the Kazinga Channel, but this is one of the few I have taken while on foot. We had stopped by the channel for a break, mid game drive, and there was a whole school of hippos off-shore. Sony Rx10iv at 469mm (close!). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/800th.

Pied Kingfishers

Pied KIngfishers: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Where we stopped my the Kazinga Channel on our morning game drive in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, there were a lot…a lot of a lot…of Pied Kingfishers. Bushes of Pied Kingfishers. These are just two posing nicely. Of course the Pied Kingfisher is by far the most common kingfisher in Uganda and probably all of Africa. They are pretty much literally anywhere there is water big enough to have fish in it. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4.5 @ 1/1000th.

Water Thick-knee

Water Thick-knee: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — Mid-morning we reached the banks of the Kazinga Channel on our game drive in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and took the opportunity to get out of the vehicle and spend some time on foot. There were lots of birds along the channel and hippos off-shore, so lots to look at. This Water Thick-knee was not our first, but it posed so nicely I could not resist. 🙂 Sony Rx10iv at 526mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/640th.