Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Seal, Sunset, Swakopmund

While enjoying the sunset at the beach in Swakopmund, Namibia, we saw a seal basking in the last rays of sun:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Huge Butterfly at Mt Elgon NP

During a walk in a rainforest in Kenyan part of Mt Elgon, we encountered this pretty butterfly:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Namibian Rock Agama

I've been always fascinated by the beautiful patterns and colors that lizards have. Here is one of my favorite lizards - Namibian Rock Agama:

Here is a female:

And here is a male (like in the case of birds, male is more colorful than female):

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vultures Feast - a movie

Here is a movie of vultures fighting over remnants of a gnu in Masai Mara NP:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Vulture Feast

Here is a group of vultures feasting on a recent prey that Masai Mara lions had for breakfast:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vulture in the Sky

Masai Mara NP is a fantastic place to observe nature in action. Not only you can see there many exotic animals, but you can also observe their daily activities.

We found vultures to be an invaluable help in finding fresh dead corpses of other animals. Since they are high-fliers, we could see them from miles away and could navigate our car in their direction:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Red Starfish

Part of our holidays in Kenya we spent at the coast south of Mombasa. The beach there was wonderful, and the ocean even better. It was so full of animals that you could simply go for a walk in the water and pick them with your bare hands:


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spotted Frog in Uganda

In Uganda, close to the border with Rwanda and Congo, we met this little cute frog that was so afraid of us that was not even moving when I was touching it:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pelicans in California

While visiting Channel Islands NP in California last year, we encountered thousands of pelicans. Below are photos of a few of them:



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Two Baboons

Here is a rather interesting video of a baboon having an erection:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lion Tracks

At the beach in Namibia we noticed these fresh lion tracks:

As we were walking there a lot, we were happy that we did not encounter any lions...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whale Bones

While visiting Skeleton Coast in Namibia we encountered a few whale bones. Those guys are huge!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hippos in Tsavo NP

Tsavo NP in Kenya is full of hippos:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork is one of the biggest birds in the world, second in size only to Condor. They inhabit Kenya and can be easily spotted even in the big cities:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sealions

During our recent trip to Channel Islands NP in California, we met a group of sealions resting on a buoy:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Crazy Bird and a Mirror

Here is a movie that we took in Namibia of a crazy bird that spent over 2 hours relentlessly attacking our car's side mirror:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ostrich in Masai Mara

Ostriches are super-fast, but not very smart. Most of the ones that we met instead of running away from us were running in the same direction in which we were moving...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Curious Zebra in Masai Mara

Zebras are not as shy as giraffes, but most of them like to keep their distance from people. This zebra was a bit different in this respect, as it seemed to enjoy our company and was curiously checking us out:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cows in Namibia

Cow-crossing sign in Namibia:

And real cows blocking our way:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Orange Animals

I'm not sure what this animal is. I think it might be a subspecies of a sea cucumber. I saw it in Kenya, on the beach near Mombasa:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gnus in Masai Mara NP


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Huge Hermit Crab

While vacationing on the Kenyan coast near Mombasa, we found this truly huge hermit crab:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quiz

What is this? :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bear Crossing

This photo is not of the best quality as I shot it while driving, but I still decided to post it as I find the "bear crossing" sign with a little baby bear following its mamma super-adorable. Also, having "Family comes first" billboard in the background ads even more charm to the whole picture:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Law-enforcing Crow

During our honeymoon roadtrip through parks of the South-West, we met the law-abiding and enforcing crow that was making sure nobody goes under the rim of one of the viewpoints in Petrified Forest NP:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sechselaeuten

Sechselaeuten is a traditional spring holiday celebrated in Zurich, Switzerland, since the early 20th century. A few years ago I had an opportunity to witness a parade of the 26 guilds in their historic dress costumes that is part of Sechselaeuten celebration. It was really cool to see camels on the streets of Zurich!




Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shy Giraffe on the Road

Here is a short movie of our equally short encounter with a very shy giraffe in Tsavo NP in Kenya:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Swan in Olsztyn

I took a photo of this beautiful swan at the wedding of my best friend in Olsztyn, Poland:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Watch Out for Flying Objects

I find the following sign, displayed on the outer wall of San Francisco's Giants Stadium, hilarious:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Zebras in Etosha NP, Namibia

Zebras are very photogenic, so I decided to post some more pictures of them (this time in color) that I took in Etosha NP in Namibia:


Monday, February 14, 2011

Donkey Carriage, Namibia

In Namibia, donkeys are used as the animals pulling the carriages:


Friday, February 11, 2011

Cow Carriage

Not surprisingly, cow carriages are pretty common in India and they share the road with motorized vehicles:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Horses in Hampi, India

We already saw cows, goats and monkeys playing in the Hampi ruins, so we were not surprised to also see horses there: