Wednesday: Reader’s wildlife photos

August 27, 2014 • 4:47 am

Reader Jente Ottenburghs, who studies biology in the Netherlands, sent some photos taken in Tanzania and a note:

In April I went to Tanzania for a two-week birding trip. Because it was low-season, it was very quiet on the savannah, in terms of jeeps. But it is the best time for bird watching. During the trip, I realized that most tourists don’t give a hoot about the birds, they are only interested in the big mammals. They don’t know what they are missing!

Black-faced sandgrouse, Pterocles decoratus [can you spot the grouse?]

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Black-shouldered kite, Elanus caeruleus:

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Two grey crowned cranes, Balearica regulorum:

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Vultures on carcass (species not identified. Readers?):

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Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta):

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Here’s a picture of the hamerkop from Wikipedia, showing how it earned its name of “hammerhead”:

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15 thoughts on “Wednesday: Reader’s wildlife photos

    1. Tanzania is outside the range of griffons. Ethiopia is about as far south as it gets.

      These will be White-backed vultures, a close relative whose population has been sliding to the point that it is now Critically Endangered.

    1. Actually, the back of the vulture on the bottom left corner of the picture with vultures is a Rüppell’s Vulture, while the others are White-backed Vultures…
      It’s common to have several species gathered on a single carcass like this.

  1. Those are some big eyes you have there, Black-shouldered kite!

    I think hamerkop is in disguise. The beak looks strapped on. I think I can even see the strings holding it. 😉

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