Happy to share a short video of the B&W photo Exhibhition happened recently where I had exhibited my wildlife images with a short interview .
So, its been sunny and bright all thru Jan & Feb in Kampala, good for taking pictures…Set out for a birding trip to Mabamba Bay yesterday..But nature was not too kind to show me the birds but presented with an incredible sight of the cloud formation over Lake Victoria. One of the shortest photo trip , I ever had.
The giraffe, a mammal native to Africa, is the world’s tallest land animal. Giraffes are herbivores who use their long, black, prickly tongues to grasp and remove leaves, flowers and fruits from tall trees and other vegetation. Several ways to identify a male giraffe from a female giraffe exist, besides referencing their reproductive organs.
Male giraffes grow up to 19 feet tall from their feet to their horns and weigh up to 4,300 pounds. Female giraffes grow up to 16 feet tall and weigh up to 2,600 pounds. Both male and female giraffes have horns. Females’ horns are thinner with dense hair, while males’ horns are thicker with hair smoothed from sparring with other males. A male may grow a second pair of horns behind the first pair.
Male giraffes are not as social as female giraffes. Males establish dominance among herds by sparring, or clashing their horns and necks against those of other male giraffes. Male giraffes are less selective than female giraffes when foraging for food; they also eat vegetation at higher elevations than females, who prefer to forage for food at or below body height.
One of my favourite animal, where I got an opportunity to be up close and personal….One of the endangered species on earth, mountain gorillas are mainly found in Uganda, Rwanada & Congo in the Virunga mountain range and Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Having a view of them is not easy. One has to trek the rain forest and then look for them.
Thomson’s gazelles are found mainly in Tanzania and Kenya, and there’s a small population in southern Sudan. They form herds of up to 200 individuals, but form much looser groups while migrating. Like other gazelles they perform ‘stotting’ or ‘pronking’ when alarmed by a predator. This involves jumping repeatedly with legs stiff and back curved and landing on all fours. Stotting is thought to demonstrate to the predator the amount of energy the gazelle has and thus to forestall a long chase by telling it ‘I’m too athletic for you to catch’.
The yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis) is a large wading bird, which is most easily distinguished by its black tail and long neck. It also has a characteristic yellow bill, with red skin at its base that extends onto its face. The bill is long, blunt and slightly downward-curved, perfectly adapted for catching its prey. This shot was taken at Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park,Uganda. It was looking to catch fish.
Today am introducing to you all a special cattle called Ankole. The Ankole-Watusi, also known as Ankole longhorn,is a breed of cattle originally native to Africa. Its large, distinctive horns, that can reach up to 8 feet (2.4 m) from tip to tip, are used for defense and cooling by blood vesseled honeycombs.Ankole-Watusis weigh from 900 to 1,600 pounds (410 to 730 kg). Living in the savannas and open grasslands, their diet consists of grass and leaves. The animal is sometimes known as Ankole or Watusi, and is a breed of Sanga cattle. These are the main livestock in the cattle variety in Uganda.Medium-sized animals, with long, large-diameter horns, they attract attention wherever they appear. There are Ankole farms in Lake Mburo National park and it is a sight to see.
This is an African Jacana. It has a chestnut body, and its neck and head are white in front and black in back, with a golden yellow breast.It is not migratory, but extremely nomadic, often in connection with changing waterlevels; in wet years, birds may show up on pans, from which the species has been absent for several years.This was taken at Mabamba Bay in Uganda
Zebras(Burchell’s zebra) are one of my favourite animals on a safari. The black & white patterns indeed makes the park colourful. In this picture, each zebra is posing differently.This was taken at lake Mburo National Park,Uganda. It is one of the few parks in Uganda which has zebras in abundance and the park is popular for antelopes and zebras mainly.
This shot was taken at lake Mburo ,Uganda. The challenge in taking such a shot is one has to wait patiently for the fish eagle to fly. Since they are birds of prey, they act only when there is a prey sighted.It was a beautiful weather with blue sky as the backdrop. The African Fish Eagle feeds mainly on fish, which it will swoop down upon from a perch in a tree, snatching the prey from the water with its large clawed talons. The eagle will then fly back to its perch to eat its catch. It perches with an upright posture and mostly in trees. Like other sea eagles, the African Fish Eagle has structures on its toes called spiricules that allows it to grasp fish and other slippery prey.
Please go and cast your vote for the largest democracy in the world. Today is elections in India…. This Male Impala says from Lake Mburo National park ,Uganda. A little about Impala- It is a medium sized African antelope.The impala inhabits savanna grasslands and woodlands close to water sources. This shot was taken during one of the game drives in the park and it was raining. On a closer look, you can see the water droplets falling to the ground.
African fish eagles are birds of prey on the waterways of sub-Saharan Africa, noted for their distinctive and haunting call. These eagles perch on branches overlooking the water, swooping down to catch fish which are then carried back to the perch or dragged to shore if too big to carry. African fish eagles also eat birds, monkeys and even crocodile hatchlings. These efficient predators can get away with spending as little as 10 minutes a day actively hunting.