Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tullu Deemtu/Ethiopia

These are some impressions from the Tullu Deemtu, the second largest mountain in Ethiopia. He is placed in the Bale Mountains in the South of the country. I made the photos on a trip some years ago and went on the top by car (J). The view was incredible and sky unbelievable blue.

Tullu Deemtu way

Tullu Deemtu

On top of Tullu Deemtu

Tullu Deemtu altitude
The air is thin there.

Bale Mountains Lobelia
Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhyncopetalum) is the largest plant in this tundra like landscape. 
Shared with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Invasion of Abyssinian Gras Rats

I observed this ‘small’ mass occurrence of gras rats in Northern Ethiopia. The species is perhaps Abyssinian grass rat (Arvicanthis abyssinicus), they have a small black stripe on the back. They emerged on a plateau, which is covered with fields and surrounded by stony slopes. They emerged on a plateau, which is covered with fields and about 2200 m above sea level. From one day to the other hundreds of specimens were observed in small groups, which were distributed over the fields or occurred along a river.

Abyssinian grass rat in a river bed
Abyssinian grass rat. 

Arvicanthis abyssinicus
Abyssinian grass rat. 

Abyssinian Gras Rat group on a field
Gras rat group on a field.

Abyssinian Gras Rat
Abyssinian gras rat on a field.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tea fields in Kericho/Kenya

Tea fields near Kericho in Western Kenya. It is a wonderful area in the West of the country. The fields covered rolling hills to the horizon and the tee bushes have an intense green that the landscape gives a special atmosphere. The area is the center for tea cultivation in Kenya and is mainly used for the production of black tea.

Tea field near Kericho
Tea field near Kericho.

Branch of a tea bush
Branch of a tea bush with fresh leaves.

Tea bushes in Kenya
Tea bushes.

Tea fields by Kericho
Tea fields.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Western reef heron

I just wanted to make a photo of this Western Reef Heron in the Abuko rice fields in Gambia ...

Western Reef Heron in Gambia
Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)
 and than....

Western Reef Heron fight

Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)

there was no reason for the fight, it was not a nesting site near, not a colony and no other herons...
Herons fighting

Herons fighting

 there was enough space and food...
heron fighting

reef herons fighting

Western Reef Herons in Abuko Gambia

both left the place unharmed.

Friday, January 24, 2014

African spurred tortoise

She looks old and wise, but this is deceptive. He is a young male, with about 20 years and 50 kg, a teenager. I've met him in The Gambia.

African spurred tortoise in Gambia
African spurred tortoise

African spurred tortoise in Gambia
African spurred tortoise

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nile Monitors

Nile monitors in the Awash National Park in Ethiopia. They had gathered in the evening around a tree.

Nile Monitor in Ethiopia.

Nile monitor in the Awash National Park

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


That is the place where the marble in Carrara (Tuskany/Italy) is quarried.

Carrara Marble Quarry Tuscany
The Quarry.

Carrara Marble Macro Photo
Carrara marble macro mhoto.

Carrara Marble Macro View
Carrara marble macro miew.

Street to the quarry in Carrara.
Street to the quarries.

Carrara marble mountains.
Carrara marble mountains.
Shared with Makrotex, Skywatch Friday and In Heaven.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Grey Nose Dolphins

Grey Nose Dolphins (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brazil. In the so-called dolphin beach they are easy to see but very fast swimmers.

Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brasilia
Grey Nose Dolphin.

Grey Nose Dolphin in Pipa Beach/Brasilia
Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis).

Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis)
Grey Nose Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) in Pipa Beach/Brazil.
Linked with Water World Wednesday.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Birding in the rain

The Ammersee (Lake Ammer) and Starnberger See (Lake Starnberg) in Southern Bavaria are famous for wintering birds from Scandinavia (loons, ducks and Whooper Swans) and great birding sites but the weather….

It was raining, more raining and raining again.

Eurasian Coots on the Starnberger See
A very large group of Eurasian Coots on the Starnberger See.

Common Goldeneye on the Ammersee
Common Goldeneye.

Common Goldeneye  on the Ammersee
Common Goldeneye.

Black-headed Gull
Not amused by the weather.

Whooper Swans on the Ammersee.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


ducks flying up from a lake

Linked with Silent Sunday.

To Close

A view in the face of Nile Crocodiles in a crocodile pool in Gambia.

Head of a Nile Crocodile
The head of a Nile Crocodile at the Kachikally Pool.

Eye of a nile crocodile in Gambia.
Close view to the eye of the crocodile.

Macro photo of a crocodile eye
Look into my eyes.
Shared with Macro MondayI heart Macro and Fotoriss.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Birds of the Fajara Golf Course

The Fajara Golf Course is placed near the city Kotu on the Gambian coast. It is an excellent and wonderful place for birding with a wide range of habitats including dense vegetation, forest areas and open bushland, close to mangrove forests and to the Kotu Stream. I was there several times in the afternoon coming during the backdoor from the Bakotu Hotel (there is a small path through the mangroves to the golf course). The area has a high diversity of bird species (mostly woodland species but also wader birds, hornbills, passerine birds etc.) and is famous for Black-headed Plovers which can be found on sandy areas of the court.

Fajara Golf Course Trees
The Fajara Golf Course, view to the mangroves. 

The Fajara Golf Course.
The Fajara Golf Course.
The best observations were on the border of the mangrove forests and rice fields along bushes and trees. Good places are the tee boxes of the golf course allow the surrounding bushes and mangroves to survey.

This is a small selection of the birds found on the Fajara Golf Course: 
Black-headed Plover in Gambia
Black-headed Plover or Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus).

Blackcap Babbler in Gambia
Blackcap Babbler (Turdoides reinwardtii).

Blue-breasted Kingfisher in Gambia
Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica).

Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera) in Gambia.
Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera).

Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) in Gambia
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus).

Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps) in Gambia
Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps) hidden in a bush.

Magpie Mannikin (Spermestes fringilloides) in Gambia.
Magpie Mannikin (Spermestes fringilloides).

Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) in Gambia
Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus).

Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinella corvina) in Gambia.
Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinella corvina).

Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) in Gambia
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia).

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