Another road-side attraction from Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. Patas Monkeys appear to be the most common primate at Murchison. We saw our first one before we got to the lodge on the first day of our visit, and several on our game drives over the nest days. This one was, as you can see, right beside the road. It looked to be a solitary male, as it did not have a troop of females and young with it. I have to admit that on more than one occasion I almost called out Lion! when I saw a Patas moving on all fours through the tall savannah grasses. It has very much that look about it and it moves in a similar, stalking, way. 🙂 Still I was almost as happy to see another Patas as I would have been to see a lion…almost. Sony Rx10iv at 111mm equivalent (that close!). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1/320th.
Helmeted Guineafowl: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — There are three possible Guineafowl in East Africa, and two in Uganda, but I have only ever seen the Helmeted…which is the most widespread and common. You see them frequently by the roadside (and in the road) at Murchison Falls National Park and at both Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo…generally in small groups of up to half a dozen birds. I had to zoom back and lean out over the open top of the Land Cruiser to get this shot. The bird was that close. Sony Rx10iv at 247mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 320 @ f4 @ 1/500th. (Actually, it is hard for me to think of Guineafowl as “wild” birds as I grew up with Guineafowl running around the yard in Upstate New York. My Grandfather raised a number of “exotic” birds…we had a peacock and various fancy chickens and ducks as well.)