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.

Klipspringers in Samburu National Park

Klipspringer in Samburu National Park

Klipspringer in Samburu National Park

Savanna in Samburu National Park

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.

termite mound in Samburu National Park

elephants and termite mounds from hot air balloon in Masai Mara

Of course, some creatures provide their own stepladder.

Reticulated Giraffes In Samburu National Park

Reticulated Giraffes in Samburu National Park

While others take a perch.

Superb Starling

Superb Starling in Samburu National Park

Eastern Paradise Whydah…. what a tail!!

Eastern Paradise Whydah in Samburu National Park

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Grey-headed Kingfisher in SamburuNational Park

White-throated Bee-eater

White-throated Bee-eater in Samburu National Park

Great White Egret

Great White Egret in Samburu National Park

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller in Samburu National Park

Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Yellow-necked Spurfowl in Samburu National Park

Crested Francolin

Crested Fracolin in Samburu National Park

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.

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