Kenya: Samburu National Preserve Day 3

Having multiple days in one location increases the chances of seeing all the subjects that are on our target list.  With great success already under our belts from our first two days, it felt like day 3 was a bonus day and anything we got was all good.  Even with that in mind, we had an outstanding day of both common as well as rare sightings.  Some of the rare sightings were a Reticulated Giraffe at the river getting a drink.  With their long legs, the giraffe must spread it’s legs and bend way down to get a drink of water.  This leaves it in a very vulnerable position and it is a great sight to see when an opportunity presents itself…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

We were also treated to a brief view of an ostrich nursery.  We surprised a group of forty plus- babies and two adult female ostrich.  What a sight it was to see them all running in a group.  Luckily I was able to fire off a handful of shots before they were gone…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

We were treated to another uncommon sighting in the afternoon when we re-visited a rocky canyon area that we had searched earlier for Klipspringer.  This time, patience and Patrick’s eagle eye found a small family  comprised of a ram, a ewe and a lamb.  They cooperated for a good hour providing us with multiple locations and poses to work…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-20E III

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-20E III

 

We were able to approach a Secretary Bird as it worked the open grasses for breakfast…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

Once again we had a wonderful variety filled day.  Patrick simply has a knack for finding the unusual anticipating movement and putting us in the best positions photographically.  I always say that your guide can make or break your adventure.  With Patrick, our guide extraordinaire, I knew we were going to have a slam dunk time!…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

Stay tuned.