In Uganda they call this the Jackson’s Hartebeest…but a little research this morning indicates that the Jackson’s Hartebeest is considered to be a cross between the Lewel’s and Coke’s subspecies…and in Uganda, at least at Murchison Falls National Park where we saw this one, is most probably identical to the Lewel’s…it is certainly counted as Lewel’s for conservation status purposes. On the other hand, other websites and local guides seem confident that this is the Jackson’s ??? Whatever it is, it is a handsome beast, closely related to the Wildebeest. The name, apparently, means “tough ox”… Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.
Black Crake: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — According to my field guide, there are 7 Crakes we might have seen Uganda, but we only saw the Black Crake…and we saw that pretty much wherever there was water…from the marshes of Lake Victoria, to the banks of the Nile, to little puddles in the savannah…like this one we passed on our way to our lodge in Murchison Falls National Park. Crakes, like most rails, are active, somewhat secretive, foragers of shallow waters. Their big feet allow them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallows. Orange and yellow and black…a striking color combination. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th.