African Safari (Kenya) Pt.4
My understanding of the principles of military history can be condensed to one concept, always seek the high ground. On the plains of Kenya, this lesson is practiced by both the hunters and the hunted alike. The power of observation is equally advantageous for offense and defense. The high savanna of Samburu is surrounded by mountainous terrain. The adjacent foothills provide the cover that a very adaptable antelope calls home. The small Klipspringer has the agility of a mountain goat and can gracefully bound great distances from one slippery rock to another. You always find a high lookout surveilling for the dreaded Leopard while the others browse on the lower plant life. Their fleeced coat is speckled with black so as to blend with the variegated background.
The advantage of height is not so easily gained on the plains except for those capable of climbing or perching in a tree, thus, the importance of the lowly termite and their enormous mounds. Eroding abandoned mounds dot the plains throughout Kenya offering a few feet of elevation.
Of course, some creatures provide their own stepladder.
While others take a perch.
Eastern Paradise Whydah…. what a tail!!
Great White Egret
Yet to be identified…any birders out there with an idea? All I know for sure is that those thorns look extremely painful. Meanwhile, I will be working on the next installment.