The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

Sure, African mammals are wonderful, but let’s give the birds of Tanzania some love, shall we?

This might be the bird you think of first when you think of Africa:

The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

This big male ostrich (the females are dusky brown) was trotting off somewhere in the Ngorongoro Crater. That interesting pink line in the background? Flamingos! I had no idea they lived anywhere except the San Diego Zoo and trailer park lawns.

The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

From the huge to the small. No idea what kind of ducks these are, but they sure were sweet. Bonus points for the adorable duck butt on the left.

The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

We saw these golden crowned cranes with the hippos, but this time it’s just cranes by themselves in the crater. Gorgeous.

The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

Okay, this might actually be like the movie The Birds. Something had been killed and abandoned by a predator in the grass, and these vultures were swooping in to feed. And swooping, and swooping, and swooping. I confess I was feeling a bit like Tippi Hedren at the number of them coming down out of the sky from seemingly nowhere. There were dozens.

The Birds (But Not the Hitchcock Kind)

I snuck out into the dusk of camp without the required guide for this image of cranes in the Serengeti sunset. I apparently have no fear of becoming a lion snack when it comes to a nice shot.

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4 Comments

  1. Emilie Vardaman July 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Wonderful,shots!
    And by the way, a flamingo lives in my front yard. A metal sculpture, not the trailer park kind!

    • deonne July 26, 2017 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks, Emilie! And now I have metal flamingo envy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Michelle Wing July 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Gorgeous! And FLAMINGOS!! How great is that? I must share with my Flamingo writing sisters! Love that you snuck out of camp at night, you intrepid photog. Go, girl!

    • deonne July 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      Michelle, I forgot about your gorgeous gang of flamingos! Thanks for the sweet comment.

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