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Portrait of a Serval

PHOTOS by NED KNOCKER:

Nairobi National Park is undoubtedly one of the best places to see servals

Here are pictures taken on the school run through the park ( the children were late, but we also saw a Martial eagle with a guinea fowl kill, herds of eland, zebra & buffalo & a brand new baby giraffe! A good excuse?)

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A Tale of Two Lionesses

By Will Knocker:

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2 lionesses patrolling the swamp below Hyena Dam….they have not eaten…

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A magnificent female lion, big & strong, but thin….

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Here she comes….

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Panting: it is hot; 11 am & she has just missed a warthog kill attempt….

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View through the windscreen: why do lions generally completely ignore vehicles?

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The second lioness, smaller & just healing from a shoulder wound, probably the result of an attack by a male

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Poor old girl: she will not survive long: no teeth……..

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Off they go (to cubs in the case of the big lioness?), tired & hungry……a lion’s life is not an easy one…..

Long Tailed Fiscal Gets Snake

By Will Knocker:

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Mum I’m HUNGRY!

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How about THIS , son?

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Stuff it in Mum!

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OK? Got it? (replies)   nnnnnnnnngggg

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Nnnnnnnng how do I swallownnng this?

Sadly couldn’t capture the last pic of a very stuffed Fiscal fledgeling with a tail sticking out of it’s beak, but if if he could speak,I’m sure it would have been MUM I FELL SICK!

Browse Rhinos in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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Yesterday was a super rhino day in NNP: this was the view from my breakfast room in the Silole Sanctuary on the edge of the Park.

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Behind the giraffe ‘gardeners': 4 browse rhinos on the ridge (Somali Ridge) behind…..

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Then I found this lone bull a kilometer or so away……

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And then this cow on the edge of the Sosian Valley….

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And her calf…….

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Truly awesome animals, threatened by human ignorance & greed.

Twiga!

By WILL KNOCKER:

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Stretching for some juicy Zizyphus leaves….notice the browse line….

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A head of the rest……

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She can’t quite get there….

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it’s all about height….

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I’m going to lick this problem….

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Lucky I’ve got a foot of tongue left…..

(Short)Wet Season in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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The township of Kitengela lit up by the sun…..from the park.

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Plains zebra; Ngong Hills behind.

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A large mob of zebra were grazing the lush grass of the Empakasi floodplain.

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The rangeland in the park is in excellent condition, with plenty of short-grass plain habitat & plenty of grass in reserve in the Acacia drepanalobium plains in the North of the Park, in what promises to be a dry year.

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The Plain in the City.

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New Lion Cubs

Photos by DAVE McKELVIE:

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Mudbath!

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In the current stormy weather: it is raining , but not enough, for example the Athi Dam is still low…..the park’s biffaloes are enjoying.

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“mud mud glorious mud’

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‘there’s nothing quite like it for cooling the blood’

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Athi Basin Rhinos

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4 browse rhinos in the Athi Basin…..

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And 2 more on the hill above….

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3 pairs of cows & their large calves, I think………

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Kaputiei Plains

Pics by WILL KNOCKER:

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I spent Easter at Kilima Kiu near Konza, at the south of the Athi Kapiti Ecosystem of which NNP is a part & drovev the Kapiti (properly Kaputiei) plains to get there…..

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The Kaputiei Plains, looking south west…

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Many cattle died in the drought of 2009 & sheep do well on the short grass plain (heavily grazed.) Ngong Hills in the bachground.

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Tommies, looking west.

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The brand new town of Kitengela: Kenya’s Brave New World…….

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Looking over the Park: the Empakasi river in the Athi Basin