Monthly Archives: January 2008

Rethinking The Meat Guzzler – NY Times article

I eat meat and probably too much of it. I found this article in the New York Times rather alarming. I have always known about these issues but the implications for just slowing down our meat consumption (rather than quitting outright) are incredible with regard to greenhouse gas. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html?ref=science

A pretty sunset on Mt. Kenya

these guys were “necking” (a ritualized fight that male giraffe perform) before they started looking at me. such a great scene helps one to faze out all the tragedy that is unfolding now in Kenya.

Wild Dogs on Tumaren

I was out working on one of our camps today situated high on our rock outcrop called Ol Donyo Nanyuki when i saw these wild dogs sleeping below me. they never saw me but they did appear spooky, jumping up at make beleive things behind them then settling down again for more rest. its always […]

Hyena Hunting Flamingos at Nakuru

These pictures are from Nakuru but one can witness hyena hunting flamingos at Lake Bogoria just west of Laikipia. Just thought they may be of general interest. .

Insect Identification Help

Parm, one of our rangers pointed out the following larvae the other day while we were walking across a large plain together. the larvae at that time was not exposed and the only indication of his presence was a simple non descript hole. parm said in swahili “watch”. He cut a piece of grass, chewed […]

Northern Stripe-bellied Sandsnake

Found this fellow while digging up an old dam that we want to use to attract Buffalo and Lesser Kudu. The eles will likely dominate it though…

Mr. D’arnaud pops in daily

A D’arnaud’s barbet has become our new best friend as he has taken to stealing tomatoes from our stores near our office. he has no fear and runs between the legs of our seats as we eat lunch (often times tomato free).

A web of life story

This is a fascinating story about Todd Palmer’s work in Kenya on whistling thorns, their ants and their browsers. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/science/11ants.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Black-faced Sandgrouse

I nearly stepped on this nesting sandgrouse the other day while working on road repairs. It flushed in front of me. amazing how hidden he was. I didn’t know Mr. Black-faced sandgrouse helped with brooding. He was on 3 eggs which he returned to within 15 minutes.

Assasin in camp

I found the following Assasin bug under some logs today in camp. Evidently they can give a rather severe bite. I wonder what he assasinates for food???