Is Anybody Watching?

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Do you remember the old song that reminds us to dance ‘like nobody’s watching’?

We came upon this ostrich in the Tarangiri National Park in Tanzania, Africa recently. He was primping and pruning himself for a very long time. I was posed to catch an interesting photo, wondering if he was ever going to do anything but fluff his feathers. Suddenly, he bolted right, wings outstretched and flapping in the breeze! Then swerving left, he spun around like a ballerina! Back and forth, this boy was dancing his heart out, and I’m quite sure he was hoping that someone was watching!

Such a deliberate and purposeful prance, but I love the way he almost looks like he’s swooning!

Where’s the video camera when you need it! 🙂

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Child’s play in Tanzania

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I’ve just returned from the most wonderful week in Tanzania, photographing animals on safari game drives. Days were long – up early and late to bed – and exhausting from the bumping and bouncing on dirt roads, and forever jumping up on the seat, trying to capture the best light and angle for my safari photo album.

But actually it was a lot like playing kid’s games.

You see, much of safari drives are a game of “Hide-and-Seek.” The animals hide, and we seek. Sometimes we seem to drive long distances to spot them, and other times they are just so well camoflaged that they are hard to pick out. It definitely helps to have a good zoom lens.

Leopard
Verreaux Eagle-Owl

(yes, those are pink eyelids!!)

Cheetah
Mama Cheetah with one of her cubs
Mama Cheetah with four of her cubs. Surprisingly, when she sets off to hunt, the cubs stay behind together, watching.

Other times, it’s a game of “Peek-a-Boo,” waiting to see what will come out of the bushes. Patience…

Cape Buffalo
Giraffe
Waterbuck

And, occasionally it’s “Where’s Waldo?”  How many elephants can you see here?

Baby elephants are always well protected.

Yet, oddly enough, as long as we stay beyond their “comfort zone,” many animals were unconcerned with our presence!

This Giraffe walked so close to us I could barely get a shot of him!
Zebras watching us!
Hippos grunting and splashing in the hippo pool
Young Zebra. They turn from brown and cream to black and white as they mature
Lion basking in the sun, caught by the paparazzi, not pleased his slumber was disturbed!

Care to join me?

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