Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tenting at Naabi Hill, Serengeti

Moses and I are heading to Ndutu this afternoon, which is the middle of southern Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The "Great Migration" of Wildebeest and Zebra are currently calving around Ndutu plains. 

I'm excited to arrive to see the new young, they are so cute! I'm hoping they will be right around our tent as they were during our January visit. We really enjoy spending a week in the safari tent, in the wide-open Serengeti. The grunts and moans from wildebeest outside your tent is a unforgettable experience.

Here's a few of my favourite photos from January in Ndutu. Once I'm back to full network then I will share our new photos!


Fun way to cool down...

Serval Cat on the prowl...

Lazy Lions - they had just finished eating...

Ndutu Lake...


Hiding from the hot sun...

Finishing up the left overs...

I am excited to capture new memories and photos during the week and I am hoping that the same pride of lions will be around! There are many lovely tented camps and a few permanent lodges for accommodation during your stay in Ndutu. For the lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs it's an "all you can eat" buffet and you can be right in the middle of it all!

Ndutu, Serengeti is such an amazing place to fly in the Hot Air Balloon with Serengeti Balloon Safaris, soaring over the hundreds of thousands of hoofed animals. Watch for our new videos and photos on Herd Tracker, the newest way to follow the "Great Migration"!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

New Life. Baby Wire-Tailed Swallows.

In my last blog I wrote about the wire-tailed swallows that started building their nest above our back door.  Moses and I had agreed that they likely were planning a family.  Four days of dedication had paid off and their nest was complete. Sixteen days later we heard the hatchlings chirping!

I watched the hatchlings grow each day, not wanting to miss their first day out of the nest.

Today, one of the chicks made the leap and flew from the nest. He (I call it he but maybe it's a she) didn't venture too far from the nest but sat below, next to Mom & Dad, swinging on the cable wires.

The parents continued with their feeding, back and forth between both chicks. After twenty minutes the little one flew off the wire for a few seconds, made a quick loop around the yard and returned to the wires for the next hour, before making his way back to the nest. 

A "nestling" is the term for a baby that has not left the nest. This is the case for the second chick, he is not quite ready to try out his wings today. I believe he is a few days behind his sibling as his one eye is not fully open. Something which I think would be key in having the confidence to take flight.

I really enjoy watching this family of wire-tailed swallows grow. You can see the family of four in the short video clip below, with background music from nearby friends :) 

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