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A night drive across remote Ruaha National Park can take on a magical or even mystical feel as the giant Baobab trees reach into the night sky with their root like naked branches silhouetted against the backdrop of a glowing Milky Way. Traversing through the Baobab forests truly gives one a sense of our own smallness in a world of expansive natural wilderness and giant trees that have been observing our planet for thousands of years

(A photo blog of our recent African Photo Safari by Bill & Linda Klipp)

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             Night sky with Milky Way

 

 

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Baobabs are widely distributed in belts across Africa, also growing in Madagascar, India, Ceylon and Australia. Baobabs (Adansonia Digitate) are also known as 'bottle tree', 'tree of life', 'tree of souls', 'upside-down tree', and 'monkey bread tree'. The trees reach heights of 100 feet with trunk diameters of 23 to 36 feet, and the largest known tree being 155 feet in circumference. For most of the year, the tree is leafless, and looks very much like it has its roots sticking up in the air, hence the name ‘Upside-down Tree’. The oldest Baobab was carbon dated at over 6,000 years old although many trees are thought to be several thousand years old.

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  We came across some Baobabs that had pegs and / or holes in the trunk some dating back hundreds of years. Local tribesman / hunters will make wooden pegs which they hammer into the trunk to climb the tree, sometimes to harvest honey from bee hives or to seek shelter overnight. 

 

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               Lilac Breasted Roller

 

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       Baby Yellow Baboons do what all little kids do, they play

 

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     Female Yellow Baboon, males are larger and have long sharp upper canines

 

The Baobab tree is known as the ‘Tree of Life’, as it provides shelter, clothing, food, and water for many of the residents of the African Savanna, both animal and human. The leaves can be boiled and eaten and can be used as condiments and medicines to treat kidney and bladder disease, asthma, insect bites, and several other maladies. The fruit, called "monkey bread", is edible, and full of vitamin C. The pollen when mixed with water can be made into glue. The trunk is fire resistant and the cork-like bark is used for making rope, mats, baskets, paper and cloth. Its trunk and bark can hold over 100,000 liters of water and can be tapped to drink or chewed as Elephants and Eland do for water in the dry season.

 

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     Elephant eye

 

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      The Nile Crocodile is an opportunistic apex predator which ambushes it's prey consisting of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Adult males range from 12-16 feet and weigh in at 500-1,700 lbs. Although some have been recorded to reach 20 feet and 2,400 lbs. 

 

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             Male Ostriches are black and white while females and young are usually grayish, brownish and white 

 

Baobabs naturally hollow out after 1,000 years and a living tree in Limpopo South Africa has hollowed to such a point that the owners of the land created a small pub inside the space. This hollowing though has created a natural habitat for both humans and animals in the bush for thousands of years. Weaver birds build their nests in the huge branches and animals like baboons and warthogs eat the seedpods, while barn owls, and ground hornbills and other birds roost in the many hollows.

 

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        Baobab sunrise

 

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         Chameleon 

 

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     The Rock Hyrax sort of resembles a Guinea Pig with short ears and tail although it's closest living relative surprisingly is the Elephant     

 

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    Male Impala   

 

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  Cape Buffalo often travel in herds and are considered to be highly dangerous to humans due to their unpredictable and often aggressive behavior.   

 

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  Cape Buffalo like Elephants have excellent memories

 

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    This was not playful behavior 

 

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Our journey to Ruaha National Park from the Masai Mara began with a short ride from Alex Walker’s Serian Camp to the airstrip where we loaded onto our private charter for a short 30 minute flight, followed by a van ride to the Tanzania’s Isabanya border town where we rechecked into Tanzania got back in our van for a 30 minute drive to another airstrip and another private flight to Ruaha National Park in central Tanzania. At 5.7 million acres the Park is Tanzania’s largest park and due to it’s isolation its’ one of wildest and least visited parks.  We landed on the far end of the Park so we had a long game drive to Kigelia Ruaha our next Camp. The camp is pretty isolated with six tents overlooking the banks of the nearly dry Ifuguru river bed, which acts as a highway for herds of elephants, antelopes and of course various predators. Kigelia is the name of the African Sausage Tree which frames the entrance into the Camp. For the next 5 days this will be our home under the Milky Way and among the giant Baobabs.

 

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     Arriving in Ruaha National Park

 

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     Our modest home while at Kigelia Ruaha Camp 

 

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      Classic bush bucket shower

 

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       Open air dining palapa 

 

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   Grey Headed Parrots feasting on the fruit of a Sausage Tree (a.k.a Kigelia Africana) 

 

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        Young male Elephant showing us he is a tough guy

 

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 Its amazing how these guys seem to enjoy munching on branches, roots and logs in the dry season when there is no greenery

 

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      A pair of male Impalas practice dueling

 

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      Fish Eagle surveying a pond

 

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        Pied Kingfisher with his catch. Amazingly he ultimately swallowed it whole 

 

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         Little Bee-eaters, one coming in with guess what? A bee!

 

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        A Coucal in the foreground with a Red-Billed Hornbill 

 

The park is characterized by semi-arid type of vegetation, Baobab trees, Acacia and over 1500 other plants. With 571 species of birds, Ruaha is great spot for birders, but is also known for its large herds of Elephants, Buffalo and diversity of Antelopes such as Roan, Sable, Kudu (Lesser & Greater), Eland, Zebra, Waterbuck, Zebra, Impala, Grants Gazelle and Giraffes to name a few. With lots of prey of course, the Park has its share of predators including Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Jackals, Foxes as well as endangered Wild Dogs.

 

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        Guinea Fowl 

 

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      African Grey Crowned Cranes

 

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         Magnificent Starling

 

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          Lesser Kudu with Red-billed Oxpeckers

 

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       Black-Backed Jackals

 

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           Nile Crocodiles cooling off in the afternoon heat

 

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         Vervet Monkey

 

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Our routine at Kigeli Camp was up before sunrise, coffee, hot cocoa and cookies in our tent then in the dark we load into the vehicles grab a blanket as the mornings were chilly then off we go, first to find a good sunrise foreground before heading deeper into the Park. By mid-morning our guides would find a nice shady safe spot to unveil an elaborate bush breakfast.

 

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     One of the so called "Little Five" the elusive Elephant Shrew. This little guy was outside our tent each morning

 

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      At Kigeli Camp we typically had breakfast (really a feast) mid-morning in the bush

 

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     Every morning we found a different breakfast spot 

 

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       Female Impala

 

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     Male Agama Lizard  

 

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       Time for an afternoon dust bath

      

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        Yellow Baboons get their name from their yellowish brown fur. Their scientific name “Papio Cynocephalus” means “Dog Face” due to their elongated muzzle. They live in mixed gender social groups of up to 200 animals and when they are on the move you will see the dominate males leading the group with the females and young ones safely in the middle and the less dominate males bringing up the rear. They spend most of the day on the ground foraging, grooming, playing and doing what Baboons do. At night they retreat into the trees to sleep and avoid predators. Adult males grow to 2-4 feet tall and can weigh up to 60 lbs, females are a little shorter and weigh half that of males. While they are opportunistic omnivores they prefer fruits, plants and insects. While the females are the primary care givers to the young males often help out.     

 

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    Early in the morning they can still be found hanging out in the safety of the trees 

 

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      Hey! You Looking at Me!

 

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        Playful little one    

 

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       A rare old Yellow Baboon with white fur, not an albino but with a condition called Leucism which only affects the pigment in its skin and fur

 

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       Practice, practice, practice makes perfect

 

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      Bye for now. Our next and last African Wandering trip blog will take you to the wet and wild Okavango Delta of Botswana. Stay tuned

 

PS: In case you missed our previous African Wanderings Blogs:

African Wanderings I -- "The Elephants' Ball" -- This ain't no Circus: http://www.billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/african-wanderings-i----aug-2016----the-elephants-ball

African Wanderings II ---  “The Wildebeest Buffet" – All you can eat: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/African-Wanderings-II-aug-2016--Wildebeest-Buffet

African Wanderings III ---  “The Predators Playground” – Enter at your own risk http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/african-wanderings-III--predators-playground

 

 

  Stay tuned for the next installment of African Wanderings V ---  “Africa’s Last Eden ” – The swamps of Botswana

 

 

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The Furry Puss Caterpillar may look like a cute, little, furry Tribble (from Star Trek) but it’s really the most poisonous Caterpillar in North America. On a recent windy day I found this little guy on my fence post in Key West, must of gotten blown out of a tree. Their sting can be more painful than a bee, jellyfish or scorpion. Just pet one of these little hairy guys or have one fall out of a tree on you and it’s fur-like spines inject venom resulting almost immediately in intense, throbbing pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, intense abdominal distress, and sometimes shock or respiratory stress. This is one nasty little hairball.

 

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The Puss Caterpillar got its name because it resembles a cuddly house cat.  At only about 1-inch-long and completely covered with brown or gray hairs (depending on age) they resemble a colored ball of cotton and look adorably harmless and begging to be pet. But under all that fur are venomous spines or bristles that break off into the skin when touched. The result is an immediate and intense fiery pain that can travel up one's body.

 

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      The underbelly    

 

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The Megalopyge Opercularis, is a moth larva and once the Puss Caterpillar reaches maturity, it turns into what is known as the Feathered Flannel Moth, and is no longer a threat. They are native to the southeast and are found throughout Florida, Texas and Louisiana often favoring citrus, oaks, elm and sycamore tress. Also known as; Puss, Tree Asp, or Southern flannel moth caterpillar and sometimes called the Trump Caterpillar for being an extreme look-a-like of Donald Trump's hair.

 

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If you happen to get tagged by one of these things, you can use sticky tape to hopefully remove the tiny poisonous spines but you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 

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After leaving the Tanzania’s Serengeti we headed to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southern Kenya known for it’s large number of Big Cats and predators. The next 5 days will provide us with a first row seat to witness the awesomeness of Mother Nature and the Circle of Life.

           (A photo blog of our recent African Photo Safari by Bill & Linda Klipp)

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She seemed to causally wander across the open savannah past our Land Rover headed towards the forest, but it would be a mistake to think this adult female Leopard wasn’t highly aware of her surroundings. Wandering thru the heart of the Marsh Lion Pride’s territory brought risk of a Lion attack, but the dense forest will provide her with both safety and the best coverage for a stealth attack on an unwary prey. Then out of nowhere the casual walk turned into a full out hunt, she apparently saw what we didn’t.  This time it was a majestic looking male Impala standing alone inside the forest’s edge hidden from our view but not hidden from the very alert and stealthy Leopard. Little by little the Leopard crept within striking distance, then with an explosion of energy and speed she ran full tilt towards the Impala leaping several times to quickly cover more ground.

 

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         Leopards tend to favor rocky landscapes with dense bush and riverine forests where their stealth and camouflage make them virtually invisible.  

 

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        Male Impala, wrong place at the wrong time.

   

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Within a fraction of a second and with virtually no struggle it was over as the Leopard’s powerful jaws clamped down around the Impala’s throat. I wonder if he even knew what was happening. With a prize weighing as much as her, the Leopard did not delay in dragging the lifeless Impala to the safety of the upper branches of a large tree where she and her cub can feast at their leisure without the risk of a Lion or Hyena attack. This was our welcome to the Masai Mara National Reserve and the “Predator’s Playground”.

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              Click above photo for our Leopard hunting short video:

 

The Masai Mara region of southern Kenya was only 40 miles north of our last camp in the Serengeti ( see our "Wildebeest Buffet" blog), but it took take pretty much all day to get there as we needed to drive to the airstrip take a 30 minute flight, get in a van for 30 minutes, cross the border on foot get in another van, drive 30 minutes to another airstrip, fly 30 minutes to Masai Mara, then a short game drive, followed by a river crossing by boat to Little Governor's Camp where we entered the "Predators' Playground".  

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       Governor’s Camp has their own private air fleet      

  

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              Busy border town between Tanzania & Kenya

 

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     Contemplating the next adventure

 

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         Welcome to Governors' Camp, Masai Mara Kenya

 

        While in Camp we often had to wait for the Elephants to move on

 

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       Cape Buffalo wading thru swamp in Camp are some of the most dangerous animals in Africa 

 

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             A group of Giraffes is called a “Tower” 

 

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  The Waterbuck has a long-haired, often shaggy brown-gray coat that emits a smelly, greasy secretion thought to help in water proofing but the unpleasant odor also sometimes prompts predators to  choose other prey.

 

        Click above photo for our Little Governors' Camp Video: 

 

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          The ever wary Banded Mongoose, sometimes we came across dozens of these guys traveling together

 

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    Spotted Hyenas are often thought of as scavengers but their powerful jaws make them fierce predators

 

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  Clumsy in appearance, Hartebeests with their hump-shouldered, a steeply sloping back, slim legs and a long, narrow face are one of the fastest antelopes and most enduring runners. Often found on elevated mounds surveying the grasslands for approaching predators

 

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    Though Warthogs appear ferocious, they are basically grazers, eating grasses and plants. Notice the Lion hiding in the grass

 

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    Warthogs are surprisingly fast for short distances able to sprint up to 30mph. Enabling this one to narrowly escape the attacking Lion. 

 

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      Got my selfie stick

 

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     This morning we took to the air for a balloon safari over the Masai Mara   

 

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    I had a unique opportunity to take some shots from inside the balloon as it was being filled, very cool, I mean Hot!

 

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        Up, Up and Away!

 

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      A balloon safari provided us with a unique perspective of the Masai Mara and it's wildlife

 

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     The landing is less than elegant as the basket was laid down on it's side while the balloon dragged and bounced us across the grasslands as we hoped we didn't flip. In the end we were all smiles. 

 

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             Safely back on Terra Firma

 

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         Of course a Balloon Safari ends with a very civilized champagne breakfast.

 

            Click above photo for Balloon Safari time lapse video

 

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           Built for speed, the Cheetah is the fastest land animal, found mostly in open and partially open savannahs relying on tall grasses (and sometimes vehicles)  for camouflage when hunting

 

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        Cheetahs eat mainly gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas and smaller hoofed animals.

 

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    A classic pod of Hippos

 

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    Often seen mostly submerged in rivers and ponds Hippos take to the land each night to graze

 

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      And sometimes they are not so friendly with each other

 

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        Click above photo for our Hippo action video:

 

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         Resting from an unsuccessful hunt  

 

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        The Hunt...

 

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      The Catch...

 

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          A wary Cape Buffalo checks us out  

 

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      Dinner calling

             

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        Although there is a specific pecking order, the Pride will often share in the catch.   

 

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      Unlike other big cats, Leopards are skilled climbers, this one was sneaking away from some nearby Lions

 

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        Mom and some young ones

 

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      Female Impala

 

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       It was a week of non stop action

 

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        The Marsh Pride of Lions have been frequent stars of the BBC documentary called “Big Cat Diaries”

 

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         A young male challenging the Pride's dominant male

 

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       It was a ferocious encounter that went and off for over an hour.

 

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       The big male ultimately won

 

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       Several other young males decided to participate in the scuffle

 

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            Sunrise in the Masai Mara

 

PS: In case you missed our previous African Wanderings Blogs:

African Wanderings I -- "The Elephants' Ball" -- This ain't no Circus: http://www.billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/african-wanderings-i----aug-2016----the-elephants-ball

African Wanderings II ---  “The Wildebeest Buffet" – All you can eat: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/African-Wanderings-II-aug-2016--Wildebeest-Buffet

 

 

  Stay tuned for the next installment of African Wanderings IV ---  “The Land of the Giants” – The Tree of Souls

 

 

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 “Tis the Season" – Another festive weekend of Lights, Decorations and Holiday Cheer in Discovery Bay with the annual Willow Lake Lighted Boat Parade and the Discovery Bay Yacht Club’s Kids Christmas party

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                                                    (A periodic photo blog of our Discovery Bay and Delta Wanderings)

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A brisk, windless evening was the perfect setting to the annual Willow Lake Lighted Boat Parade and the Lake residents didn’t disappoint with maybe their best ever Lighted Boat Parade. Over a dozen extremely lit and decorated boats slowly snaked their way around Willow Lake to the cheers of hundreds of partiers set up along the shoreline.

 

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Not well known to many in Discovery Bay is the land locked Willow Lake, a community within a community with it’s own community spirit. Being a deep water resident the Lake is somewhat of a mystery to me and many others in a town whose motto is “LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY”. I always assumed boating in Willow Lake was restricted to canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and electric boats, but that’s just not so. In spite of being a no-wake / 5mph zone there are plenty of big pontoon boats on the Lake and a number of them went all out to decorate their boats for the Parade.

 

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   This year’s Willow Lake Parade was the highlight of the 2016 season of Lighted Boat Parades even topping the more publicized DBYC Lighted Boat Parade.

 

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            Well done Willow Lake Residents your Parade was awesome!

 

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              Whether by boat or land a good time was had by all...   Merry Christmas

 

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    Not living on the Lake we had to sneak onto a vacant lot for the show

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 The Land lubbers had fun last night also at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club’s Kids Christmas party. Arts and crafts, a spaghetti and meatball dinner followed by a a magic show, a snow ball fight and of course Santa who gave all the kids a present. The evening ended with a classic Christmas movie

 

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       Magic Time 

 

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      Balloon animals for all

 

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    Have you been a good little girl?

 

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                               "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

 


               If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at:  http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/delta-wanderings-xxviii-dbyc-lighted-boat-parade

 

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 Oh! The weather was looking bleak coming into the annual Discovery Bay Yacht Club (DBYC) Lighted Boat Parade. As Parade weekend approached we were having rain on and off, mostly on than off, but as early Saturday evening approached it seemed to warm up and the winds disappeared revealing a maze of watery mirrors, perfect weather and backdrop for an awesome "Lighted Boat Parade". With the parade theme of "Christmas Reflections", the windless, mirror like sloughs queued perfectly. Unfortunately, the weather damped Parade participation creating a very short, but nice, parade of less than 10 boats.    

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         Santa's Sleigh one of the Parade favorites

 

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 It just so happen we were hosting an annual Christmas party with some old friends and our Bay was off the Parade route, but armed with our Ugly Christmas Sweaters (our party theme) and sufficient quantities of Holiday Libations we marched off with a few chairs under arm to one of the few remaining vacant deep water lots near our house and cheered on the Parade.

                                                                  Well Done DBYC !!!

 

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      The first festive aquatic vessel was the local favorite “Rosemarie” led by Captain Morgan.

 

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      Whether by boat or land a good time was had by all...   Merry Christmas

 


               If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at:  http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/delta-wanderings-xxvii---Delta-Aquatic-Mammals

 

   For more photos visit Bill’s Discovery Bay & Delta website: http://DiscoveryBay.me

 

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        Can you tell what kind of aquatic mammals these guys are? They are common in the California Delta 

 

We get 4 types of Aquatic Mammals in Discovery Bay: We have resident Beavers, River Otters and Muskrats and occasionally we get transient California Sea Lions (not Seals) in the Delta coming up from the San Francisco Bay. Sometimes these guys are hard to tell apart especially when most of their body is submerged while swimming. There are of course some tell tale signs; like body shape, size, food type, teeth, tail structure, and behavior. While all the below photos were taken in deep water in Discovery Bay, our resident aquatic mammals can also be found in Willow Lake.  

 

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      This little guy is a Muskrat often confused with our local Beavers and Otters 

 

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      Muskrats are rat like, notice the smaller, roundish body and long thin scaly, non-hairy tail. Like Beavers and Otters, these guys live in dens dug into the mud embankments along the Delta shoreline. During low tide you can often see the entrances to these dens, along with foot and tail prints. 

 

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        Muskrats are rodents (like beavers), notice the classic teeth of a herbivore, plant eating animal. Muskrats are the smallest of our water mammals, up to 4 lbs and 2 feet long 

 

        Otters on the other hand are larger and have elongated bodies with a long round, pointy, hairy tail and canine type teeth as they are carnivores eating fish, crabs, clams and crayfish. Adults are 3-4 feet long and 11-30 lbs.

 

      Their long bodies make for sleek swimmers 

 

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     Of our 3 resident aquatic mammals, Otters seem to be more curious traveling further and exploring their environment during the day often climbing on docks and boats. They are the more playful of our resident aquatic mammals.

 

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     BTW Otters often piss and crap on your dock

    

 
       Beavers are much bigger than Otters and Muskrats, have large ears, a triangular head, roundish body and a large flat platter like tail. 3-4 feet long and 24-70 lbs. 

  

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     Notice the classic teeth of a herbivore and floating plant stalks (his food) nearby, this Beaver's teeth are similar to those of Muskrats. This Beaver lives along Indian Slough and he is sitting in front of the entrance of his den. 

 

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       Beavers like their rodent Muskrat cousins are also herbivores, this one is eating some plant material which they do very often given their size and weight

 

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  Beaver tails very different than our other aquatic mammals, broad, flat and hairless 

 

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    Beavers can be skittish and when startled or when they want to send you a message like you are in my territory they make a large tail slap on the surface of the water.  

 

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      Beaver tail slaps can be very loud and startling 

 

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       We also get transient California Sea Lions (not Seals) in Discovery Bay. The swim up from the San Francisco Bay hunting fish like Bass, Catfish and Carp. Sea Lions travel long distances and are often found in the more open deeper waters of the Delta. Most often seen in the Delta winters but can sometimes be seen all year round. Adult males can be up to 8 feet long and weigh 400-600 lbs while females can be 6 feet long and 200 lbs. 

 

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   Notice the large canine type teeth of this carnivore

 

   Have you ever wondered about the main differences between Seals and their "second cousins," the Sea Lions? Sea lions have small flaps for outer ears  "true" seals lack external ears altogether. Sea lions are noisy, Seals are quieter. Sea Lions vs Seals are more adapted to land as their rear flippers are like feet they can walk on while Seal’s rear flippers angle backward so when on land they wiggle around vs walk. Seals don't like leaving the water unlike Sea Lions who like to lounge in the sun on land

 

 

If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/delta-wanderings-xxvi-dec-2016---parade-of-lights

 

 

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Delta Wanderings XXVI – Dec 2016 -- “Discovery Bay Parade of Lights" http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/delta-wanderings-xxvi-dec-2016---parade-of-lights Christmas Lights Disco Bay Photos by Bill KlippChristmas Lights Disco Bay Photos by Bill KlippParade of Lights Disco Bay Photos by Bill Klipp

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  The winds disappeared setting the stage for a wonderful evening under a crescent moon for the 14th Annual Discovery Bay Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony.  This year’s theme “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” brought thousands of spectators to the streets of Discovery Bay. To save prime viewing spots chairs and tents were being set up early Saturday morning. Street parties were held all along the parade route with fire pits glowing on front lawns and even a few living room leather couches out on the side walk making for extra comfy viewing. 

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     Getting Ready at the Marina

 

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      3 Cheers for our Vets

The Parade starts at the Discovery Bay Marina where the floats assemble, take care of last minute decorations and practice their routines one last time. Then shortly after sunset the parade heads down the streets of Discovery Bay to the delight of thousands of both local and visiting festive spectators. The Judging tent sits prominently in front of the Community Center as the floats pass by stopping to dazzle the Judges

 

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     Santa sent one of his junior Reindeer to join the Parade

 

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     The Judges Tent

 

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    Some of our distinguished Judges enjoying their role  

 

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   Amanda Dove the Grand Puba

   

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      The crowd enjoying the festivities

Sponsored by the Discovery Bay Lions Club this annual event is a testament to our Community Spirit as a small town hosts a big city like parade with dozens of lighted floats, bands, and walking groups. Individuals as well as  local businesses and schools work for weeks to create their Parade entry. This year was another very successful family oriented event.  Next week the Community will be treated to the Discovery Bay Yacht Club's Annual Lighted Boat Parade (Dec 10th), followed by the Willow Lake Annual Lighted Boat Parade (Dec 17th). A busy time in Discovery Bay whose motto is “Live Where You Play”

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        The Discovery Bay Lions presents the Parade of Lights

 

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       Liberty High School Marching Band

 

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    See Ya Next Year!

 

If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/delta-wanderings-xxv-august-2016----Golden-Hour

 

 

   For more photos visit Bill’s Discovery Bay & Delta website: http://DiscoveryBay.me

 

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Race week began in Key West with the arrival of world class offshore Powerboats for the 36th annual Key West World Championship Powerboat Races. This Offshore Powerboat Racing event is scheduled over 3 race days and is one of the most incredible offshore power boat races from a spectator's perspective. The boats scream by at over 100mph chased by helicopters within 100 feet of the shoreline lined with spectators. This is the final race of the season for Super Boat International’s annual offshore powerboat racing series. Participants from around the globe come here to compete for the World Championship title. Like all festivals in Key West race week starts off with a boat parade down Duval St.

Visit my Key West Powerboat website at:  http://KeyWestPowerboats.me

 

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On Wednesday Race Day 1 we caught the races from Fort Zachary Taylor always a good spot near turn #2 where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico often creating turbulent conditions.

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On Friday Race Day 2 of the Key West 2014 World Championship Offshore Powerboat Races we set up our chairs along the Outer Mole near the finish line and the races were exciting as ever. Sunny blue skies and calm waters was the backdrop for today over as many of the winners from Day 1 tried to continue their winning streak hoping to set them up for the finals on Sunday. Today was a day of attrition as a number of boats broke down not able to finish the race. 

 

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Seven World Champions will be crowned on Sunday which is the finals where the points are doubled and the course is substantially lengthened with some boats doing 13 laps. The World Champion must be both fast and avoid breakdowns during this punishing round of races.  Today we set up our chairs at Fort Zachary Taylor for some of the best race viewing. Although the water was pretty flat the Pro Floors boat from New Zealand flipped at turn 2 while the WHM Superboat ran over the top of the upside down boat. Luckily no one was hurt. Several other boats in each class did not finish due to breakdowns and spinning out.  All in all it was another very exciting race week in Key West.

 

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     Heading to the starting line 

      

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       Passing by Mallory Square

 

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      Green flag, its a go!

    

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        Lots of pleasure boats lined the course 

 

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        Emerging from turn #2

 

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               The dry pits are open all day 

 

 

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Winner Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER BILL KLIPP FROM  KEY WEST FL. USA

LOS ANGELES (Nov 5, 2016) - Photographer BILL KLIPP of KEY WEST FL. USA was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards HONORABLE MENTION in the category of WILDLIFE at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for black and white photography.

11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "BILL KLIPP’S”  "KILLER WHALE BEACH ATTACK" an exceptional image entered in the WILDLIFE category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of HONORABLE MENTION."

Photographer KLIPP also had 2 images as Nominees in the CHILDREN OF THE WORLD CATEGORY, one image in the FINE ART CATEGORY, one image in the SPORT CATEGORY and one in the WILDLIFE CATEGORY. Each of which represents considerable achievement. 

Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, "As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves." "A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners," added Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com

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                      "YOUNG HIMBA GIRL"
    Nominee -- "CHILDREN OF THE WORLD" Category

 

                             "HIMBA GIRL"
      Nominee -- "CHILDREN OF THE WORLD" Category
    

 

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                     "GHOST PIER"
          Nominee -- "FINE ART" Category
              

 

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                                "DUNE RUNNER"

                       Nominee -- "SPORT" Category

                                                    Peninsular Valdes, Argentina photos by Bill KlippPeninsular Valdes, Argentina photos by Bill KlippAll photos © Bill Klipp, not for Commercial Use of any type, for personal use only.
Elephant Seals

                                      "WRINKLES"

                       Nominee -- "WILDLIFE" Category

 

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Fantasy Fest Wanderings II – Oct 2016 --- “Wildlife of Another Sort” http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/fantasy-fest-wanderings-2 Fantasy Fest 2106, Key West Photos by Bill KlippFantasy Fest 2106, Key West Photos by Bill KlippMasquerade March, Fantasy Fest 2106, Key West Photos by Bill Klipp

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Friday’s Fantasy Fest 2016  ---  “Masquerade March”

By far our most favorite event of Fantasy Fest. Starting at the cemetery near our house several thousand costumed Fantasy Fest revelers take to the street for the annual Friday “Masquerade March”. The parade splits in two, each arm headed down a different route to Duval street where the parade rejoins itself in the middle of the Duval Street Fair. Creativity in Costumes along with group costumes makes this a not to miss event. Some other parties around town include; Southernmost Sea Creature Voodoo contest, Rum Barrels’ Pirate bash, Living Art Expo, Chicago’s Gangsters & Molls Party, 801 Bourbon’s Den of Desire, Pimp & Ho party to name a few. Fantasy Fest comes to a close on Saturday with the big Duval Street Parade. 

 

If you missed my 1st Fantasy Fest Wanderings Blog try:  http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/fantasy-fest-wanderings-2016

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            Gathering for the parade by the Key West Cemetery

 

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        Prime spot for Parade viewing

 

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      Oh! Bill, What did you do now?

 

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          Pug Rescue

 

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             Click above photo for March video

                  

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      Vote for Jerry Garcia, make America Grateful again. "What a Long Strange Trip its been"

 

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                The Election is rigged, just see the under-age voter

 

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       Give Peace a Chance

 

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          Heckle & Jeckle

 

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                  Marilyn and her Boys

 

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     What a piece of ass!

 

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       Food vendors lined Duval st

 

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             Smokin Tuna Bar

 

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        True artist     

 

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                         Fantasy Fest 2016 Duval Street Parade Night

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       Key West's finest clearing the way for the Parade

 

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             Click Photo above for short Parade Video

 

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       "The Groper" Green Parrot Halloween Contest winner 

 

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       Fantasy Fest Casualty

 

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2017 Theme: "Time Travel Unravels" --- Goodbye Political oriented themes

                     

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PLAN A VISIT TO Fantasy FEST 2017 --  2017 Theme: "Time Travel Unravels"

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                              LET THE FANTASIES & WILD TIMES BEGIN............. 

As Halloween approaches Key West our little island in paradise takes on a scary vibe as tens of thousands wild party revelers arrive for the huge theme oriented celebration called FANTASY FEST week. The event lasts 10 days and is a Mardi Gras like event that culminates the last Saturday in October with a wild costumed gala parade up Duval street. Throughout the week there are dozens of theme oriented parties like the: Royal Coronation Ball, Zombie Bike Ride, Sloppy Joe's Toga Party, Fogarty's Red Party, Captain Tony's Party in Plaid, Tighty Whitey Party, Pet Masquerade, Headdress Ball, Halos and Horns Party, Locals Masquerade March and dozens more. The streets of course overflow with costumed party goers of all ages. While this is a Halloween oriented event with lots of Costumes there is also plenty of body paint and nudity so it's not for the shy or prudish and is clearly an adult oriented festival.   For 16 years of Fantasy Fest of my Photos Visit:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

My Fantasy Fest Wanderings Blog will evolve as the week unfolds, so come back for periodic updates....                                       

      This year's Fantasy Fest theme is "POLITICAL VOODOO AND BALLOT BOX BARBARIANS" 

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   (Note this is not for shy or prudish as Fantasy Fest is clearly an Adult only event. Must be over 18 to enter)

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, in Key West’s Bahama Village.Each year this street festival attracts thousands of people who come to sample Caribbean foods, arts, crafts and carnival rides as well as enjoy live music ranging from gospel to reggae.

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Once a year the dead rise up and migrate by bicycle across Key West in search of food and drink. The festivities start at the haunted Fort East Martello as thousands gather at Zombie Land from around the planet then migrate by bicycle at sunset down US1 along the Atlantic Ocean to downtown Key West. This year’s Zombie Bike Ride brought over 8,000 Zombies to the streets of Key West.

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     The Zombies take over Route 1 along the Atlantic Ocean

 

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    Many communities across the country have been frightened by Scary Clowns we welcome them here at the Southern Most point in the US. "One Inhuman Family"

 

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    Several dozen body painting artists set up booths in Zombie Land to touch up the dead before the Ride

 

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     A real killing machine

   

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           Zombie Ride Video: http://youtu.be/OGg_qj_JQLw 

 

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      Please keep in mind it is illegal to feed the Zombies as that seems to encourage their return each year. 

     

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       During October Key West local homeowners and businesses take on the festive Halloween spirit 

 

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      Getting ready for the Parade, it's going to be along week!

 

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As the Zombies converge on downtown portions of Duval street are closed down as the Walking Dead take over

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      Now that's a paint job

 

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             Donald J     

 

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TUTU Tuesday

The usual highlights for Tuesday of Fantasy Fest week is the annual TUTU Party and Captain Tony's “Party in Plaid” street party. This year the TUTU party moved from the cramped overheated, over crowded Mango's restaurant / bar to new cavernous Waterfront Brewery in the Historic seaport. The theme was "TUTUs in Space" and even with a mandatory TUTU policy over a thousand Tutu toting partyers packed the place to the roof. 

 

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          NO TUTU No Entry!!!

 

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     Serving up the rooftop dance music    

 

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               Nice Legs! 

 

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         Captain Tony’s Party in Plaid refugees 

Wednesday – Blue Party  & Fogarty’s Red Party

As Fantasy Fest week proceeds the costumes, wild times and dabauchery steps up a notch. Today we geared up for Lucy’s Blue Party a marine-themed party with “Patrick and the Swayzees”  rocking the house. Next we wandered through the Historic Seaport stopping along the way at Schooner Wharf’s Wharfstock Party and of course lower Duval street for Sloppy Joes, Captain Tony's and Smokin Tuna. 

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         Lucy’s Blue Party

 

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         Fantasy Fest Royal Family

 

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        Uncle Sam & Miss Liberty                  

 

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        Les Greene of Patrick and the Swayzees

 

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        Fogarty's Red Party

 

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We hung back in the shade of the tree line about a 1/4 mile from the river, hiding from the hot sun but mostly to avoid spooking the growing herd of Wildebeests and Zebras headed down to the river. Are they going down for a quick drink, a look, or might they be preparing to cross the muddy Crocodile and Hippo filled Mara River? Our goal is to witness and photograph the Great Wildebeest Migration during one of its epic crossing moments a scene that has eluded us on our 4 previous visits to Africa.     

                     (A photo blog of our recent African Photo Safari by Bill & Linda Klipp)

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        They build up along the river's edge and it only takes one to start a crossing stampede  

 

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        As they cross, the river's swift current starts to sweep them downstream

 

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       The stampeding frenzy kicks up huge amounts of dust

 

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         The predators are always waiting for their opportunity to enter the "Wildebeest Buffet"

 

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         You heard of the "African Big 5"?   These guys are are one of the  "African Ugly 5" 

 

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       A male Impala looks on

After short flight from Lake Manyara we landed in the northern Serengeti of Tanzania not far from the Kenya border. Within a 10-minute drive from the airstrip we arrived at Alex Walker’s Serian Camp our home base for the migration. Each year Alex strategically sets up seasonal tented safari camps. This season is the migration so we are camped in the northern Serengeti near 10 well-traveled migration river crossing points. The next 5 days we will spend countless hours from before sunrise till sunset tracking the hordes of Wildebeests and positioning our vehicle for hours at a time waiting and hoping that a few brave Wildebeest will make a break for the river initiating a Lemming like stampede to race across the river.  

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         Alex Walker's Serian North Camp is only a 10 minute ride from the airstrip

 

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       Relaxing by our tent  

 

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       Not bad accommodations for a seasonal camp   

 

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      Right before sunrise we found a good spot, laid some blankets on the ground and waited for the right moment.          

         

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       They make no notice of our presence

 

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We were not disappointed this trip with 8 different crossings in 5 days and lots of action. The first was within a few hours of our arrival at Camp. All geared up, the four of us along with our traveling safari guide Russell Gammon loaded into our two safari vehicles and headed off towards the river in search of some action. Within a short time our guides found the shade of some trees as we watched thru binoculars a distant Wildebeest herd building near the river’s edge at Crossing #4. The crossing points are numbered 1 thru 10 with each having it’s unique crossing challenges and dangers.

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        Watching the herd build up along the river's edge, hoping for a crossing

 

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       A Masai Giraffe wanders by

 

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       An alert Topi always scanning the plains

 

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        A gorgeous Lilac Breasted Roller take flight after some insects

   

We sat in the vehicles checking our gear and taking a few photos when suddenly one of our drivers shouted “They’re Going, Hang On”  he then started the engine and raced off, swerving and bouncing across the plains as we hung on for our life trying to protect our equipment speeding our way to the river’s edge. The tell-tale sign was the ever rising clouds of dust from thousands of hoofs running across the plains and into the river. As we blast through the chaos of stampeding Wildebeests to the river's edge the unmistakable smell of death surrounds us. With Vultures swirling above and perched everywhere along the river the stench is only avoided by the adrenaline pumping thru our bodies.  

 

      Race to the river video.    Click above image to view video

 

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        Vulture drying it’s wings

 

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      To provide for ultimate photographic flexibility we only had two of us and a driver in each safari vehicle with Russell rotatating vehicles daily. 

 

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      "Serengeti" in the Masai language means " Endless Plains"  

 

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      A false start, sometimes they build up along the river then decide to abort and head back inland     

 

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      It often starts in a very organized way, then the stampeding frenzy begins     

 

   On the run, note how the Zebras hang back.  Click above image to view video.

 

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       Once the frenzy begins they will trample each other, sometimes to death  

 

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       Once across they need to climb the steep river banks 

  

Our Guide Russell suggested we position ourselves a bit downstream as the Crocs usually approach from that direction. Crossing #4 is unique in that it is the only one we are allowed to exit the vehicle and stand along the cliffs hanging over the river. At one point we climbed down to the river’s edge for a closer view although we retreated as a part of the herd started heading our way. Being trampled by hundreds of Wildebeest is something we thought we should avoid. As the Wildebeests and Zebras leaped into the waters below and headed across the river you can see the swift current sweeping them and their dust downstream towards us.  As a once straight line of animals started to bend downstream Russell yelled out “focus on the Croc”. Methodically the huge Nile Crocodile slowly swam up towards the herd grabbing a young Wildebeest as it’s mom helplessly looked on. During the frenzy with our adrenaline flowing I fired off hundreds of shots from the two cameras hanging from my side. Then as quickly as it started the herd stopped dead in it’s tracks turned and began stampeding back inland away from the river. 

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       As the stampede begins nothing seems to be an obstacle

 

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             The smarter and more skittish Zebras usually wait for the Wildebeests to go first

 

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      It starts out as a straight line but the current quickly pulls them downriver  

 

        A Crossing, Break on thru to the other side.    Click above image to view video.

 

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     A huge Nile Crocodile moves in for the kill

 

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      Mom helplessly looks on as her calf is pulled down by the Croc

 

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        On the run, their single focus is to cross as quickly as possible

 

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        It looks like a swarm of ants as the herd emerges from the river

 

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     The stench along the river is often nauseating from the dozens of rotting carcasses.

 

Wow! this was only Day 1 in the Serengeti, we climbed back into our vehicles threading our way through the herd as we headed back to camp for some evening cocktails, sunset and campfire chatter.

        Alex Walker's Serian Camp time lapse video.    Click above image to view

 

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     An Olive Baboon catching some early mornig rays

 

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       Olive Baboons

 

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      An little agile Klipspringer on top of a copi (rock outcropping)

 

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       Poor manners

 

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     A female Oribi takes a break from grazing to check us out

 

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       The setting full moon took on an orange glow as the sun began to rise 

 

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     A Hippopotamus headed back to the river after an evening of grazing.                  

 

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      A male Agama Lizard displaying his colors

 

On an annual basis vast herds of Wildebeests, Zebras, Gazelles and other ungulates make their way on a round trip journey from the Serengeti’s great grassland plains to Kenya’s Masai Mara following the rains in search of green pastures. With over 2 million animals making the trek this surely ranks among one of greatest wonders of the Natural World. The excitement and energy that the thundering herds create attract large concentrations of predators such as Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Hyenas and of course giant Nile Crocodiles all in pursuit of the Wildebeest Buffet a literal smorgasbord of nomadic mega herds

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       Wildebeest on the run

 

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      The beginning of another crossing

 

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       A yellow-billed Stork glides by as a Crocodile takes a nap

 

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      Once started almost nothing stops them

 

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      Making child's play of an unfortunate Wildebeest, Nile Crocodiles can reach 20 feet and 1,200 lbs.  

 

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    Their speed, strength and power is amazing. This guy tries to rip the head off the Wildebeest   

 

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    Marabou Storks and Vultures line the shores by the hundreds providing a vital role to the eco-system as they consume the rotting carrion 

 

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       After ripping off pieces of meat the Croc does a head toss to swallow it

 

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     The dusty savannahs make for some awesome sunsets

 

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      On the move this Lion pride numbering 13, heads for some midday shade. 

 

     Close enough for a little iPhone video

 

      iPhone Lion video.    Click above image to view

 

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     They started out nicely sharing this Wildebeest then things turned nasty  

 

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        Check out those retractable claws

 

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  Often thought of as scavengers, Spotted Hyenas are formidable predators participating in the Wildebeest Buffet.    

 

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       A couple of Banded Mongoose (or is it Mongeese?) scamper by

 

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      Early morning balloon flight over Serengeti

 

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        Tres Amigos out for a stroll

 

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     As we watched some Lions lounging on the rocks a Leopard wandered by but luckily he quietly snuck away

 

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         Two young brothers hanging in the shade

 

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     The Leopard spotted the Lions and got very nervous.

 

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          Truly a gorgeous animal 

 

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         Stealth is the name of the game 

 

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       Wandering the plains

 

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     Mom Warthog and her little piglets. They are very skittish and for good reason as they make good Lion and Leopard snacks. 

 

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       Little Bee-eater

 

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      Hard to spot and for good reason. Serval Cats use the high grasses for camouflage

 

Our normal routine was up by 5:15am as coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are delivered to our tent, then into the vehicles by 6am and off to find a good sunrise location, next we check the river crossings and around 9 am if nothing is happening we set up for a “Bush Breakfast”. This morning we saw the herds building along the river and decided to have a quick bite in the shade hopefully before the action started. Then it became hurry up as a we spotted the rising dust and the beginning of yet another crossing.  

        A quick bush breakfast time lapse video.    Click above image to view

 

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        Sometimes the best way to spot the stealthy predators is to watch the prey.  

 

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      Once spotted this male Lion has little chance of hunting success

 

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       Mom and her 3 cubs enjoying a Zebra dinner       

 

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      Licking her chops after a yummy meal 

 

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      Doing what little ones do, Play

 

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      This skinny little guy hasn’t had a meal in a while, making his future uncertain

 

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       A perfect night for a Sun-downer

 

          Tanzania's northern Serengeti is just south of the Kenya Border 

 

      Next stop is the Masai Mara region of southern Kenya only 40 miles north of us, but it will take pretty much all day to get there as we need to drive to the airstrip take a 30 minute flight, get in a van for 30 minutes, cross the border on foot get in another van, drive 30 minutes to another airstrip, fly 30 minutes to Masai Mara, then a short game drive, followed by a river crossing by boat to Little Governor's Camp and the "Predators' Playground".  STAY TUNED.....

PS: In case you missed our first African Wanderings Blog: "The Elephants' Ball" check out:

http://www.billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/african-wanderings-i----aug-2016----the-elephants-ball

Stay tuned for the next installment of African Wanderings III ---  “The Predator's Playground” – Enter at your own risk

 

 

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African Wanderings I -- Aug 2016 -- “The Elephants’ Ball” -------------- This ain’t no Circus http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/african-wanderings-i----aug-2016----the-elephants-ball Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Africa photos by Bill KlippTarangire National Park, Tanzania Africa photos by Bill KlippChem Chem Safari Lodge, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Africa photos by Bill Klipp,
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After a short 30 minute flight from Kilimanjaro Tanzania our Cessna Caravan touched down on a dirt landing strip inside Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.  It's around 11am and the 4 of us along with our private Safari Guide Russell Gammon load into the two Land Cruisers waiting for us. At 1100 square miles Tarangire is Tanzania's 6 largest national park located in the Manyara region in north eastern Tanzania. The park and it’s neighboring private concessions are known for its diversity of wildlife and its mobs of Elephants. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.

                    (A photo blog of our recent African Photo Safari)

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      The mid day heat draws everyone to the watering holes

 

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     Elephant Shower

 

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     Masai Giraffes are most vulnerable when drinking

 

   Giraffes time lapse video.    Click above image to view

 

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Its hot, dry and dusty as we bounce along the sun baked tracks traversing Tarangire for our first safari game drive of our month long African photo adventure. The next two days were designed as a warm up for the adventures to come, and they did not disappoint as one of our vehicles got stuck in the mud at sunset and had to be left behind.  Our destination was Chem Chem Safari lodge lying along the shores of Lake Manyara just outside Tarangire Ntl Park.

 

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      Day 1 stuck in the mud near Lake Brunge    

 

        Stuck in the mud.  Click above photo to see short video

 

For the next two days we will encounter lions mating at night, ostriches with beautiful courtship colors, a cheetah with a kill, large groups of giraffes, zebras, hundreds of wading flamingos and white Pelicans to mention a few of the many creatures we encountered including elusive Honey Badgers. The highlight of course are the many Elephants wandering through the Park's diverse habitats. 

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    Male Ostrich with colorful breeding plumage

 

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    Lilac Breasted Roller with Impala in background 

   

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    Lunch break in the bush

 

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      Elephant eating a thousand year+  old Baobab tree

 

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      Black Backed Jackal

 

As we scanned the horizon across the seeming endless savannahs of Tarangire National Park we spotted what looked like a row of giant termite mounds in the distance. But then they appeared to be moving. Not termite mounds but a good sized herd of 20-30 elephants headed to the watery swamps in front of us to escape the midday heat. Led by their Matriarch they walked in a single line with the moms leading their calves alongside adolescents of various ages munching and crunching on trees and vegetation as they Wandered our way. Then as we looked behind us emerging from the forest were dozens and dozens of more Eles on their daily midday migration to the water.  Its’s all about the water. 

      "The Elephants' Ball" a time lapse video           Click above image to view

 

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      Greater and Lesser Flamingos together at Lake Brunge

 

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       Cheetah with Zebra kill, note full belly

 

      Cheetah with Zebra kill.     Click above photo to see short video

 

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     Masai Giraffe

 

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     Nice Capture!   Marabou Stork eating a rat

 

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    Getting in close for the White Pelicans along Lake Manyara

 

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      A refreshing drink of water

 

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       A false charge

 

On day 2 we began a routine that would be our norm for the next 4 weeks. Up at 5:00am, some coffee and hot chocolate then we load into our private safari vehicles and out into the bush for sunrise and unknown animal encounters. Today's plan after a few sunrise shots was to find a good watering hole to hang out near and hopefully watch nature unfold, and boy did we get our wish. With a beautiful lush watering hole as our foreground surrounded by classic Acacia trees with blue skies and puffy clouds, today would be our most productive photo session of the trip with us each shooting well over a thousand images.

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         Over 20 giraffes came in for a drink

 

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      Our tent at Chem Chem Safari Lodge

 

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       Not too shabby  

 

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     Lunch-time at Chem Chem Safari Lodge 

 

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      Von Derdecken’s Hornbills  ( Male & female )

 

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     Curious Dwarf Mongoose

 

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     Marabou Stork picking thru a fisherman’s net, ugly but smart

 

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        Female Ostrich

 

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      Malachite Kingfisher on the hunt 

 

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        Vervet Monkey

 

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     Sundowner along the shores of Lake Manyara

 

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     Got to like this portable bar

 

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      Masai tribe giving us a show 

 

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     Local Masai Tribe dance.    Click above photo to see video 

 

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      Dueling Impalas

 

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        Seeking the cleaner water mid-pond

 

     Busy watering hole short video.  Click above image to see video.

 

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     Snake Eagle on the lookout

 

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       Giraffes practicing fighting. Click image above to see video

 

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       Playful Elephants

 

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       Black Hooded Love Birds

 

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      Five legged Elephant taking a dust bath

 

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     Marabou Stork one of the “Ugly Five”              

 

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       Breakfast at Chem Chem Safari Lodge

 

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        Lake Manyara Sunset Flamingos

 

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     Sunrise Baobab Tree

 

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      Off to the Serengeti for the Great Migration

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of African Wanderings II - “Wildebeest Buffet” – All you can eat

 

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         "Even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunsets."   – Unknown Author

 

The clear, hot, cloudless and windless days of July have started to shift as we move into August. Day time temperatures have started topping out in the low 90s vs low 100s, our flat windless waters have taken on some ripples as winds have picked up helping to break up some of the nasty algae blooms. The cloudless days and nights of July were great for star watching but our wonderful Delta sunsets were dull at best. With increased winds bringing some scattered clouds along with a smoky haze from the summer fires our wonderful Delta sunsets have started to return. 

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        Skiing into the sunset

 

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      A fisherman's paradise

 

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      Two Buddies   

 

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      Barefooting on a calm, quiet night along Indian Slough

 

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         Delta Reflections

 

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        Wood Duck coming in for a landing      

 

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        Mom Wood Duck with her ducklings

 

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       Great Blue Heron. Besides fish these guys are known to eat small rodents, lizards, baby ducks and small birds

 

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        Snowy Egret on the prowl for dinner

 

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      Rare sighting of Giant Delta Flamingos nesting

 

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      Golden hour near Lido Bay

 

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       The White Tailed Kite is a medium-sized raptor of open grasslands and savannas

 

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        A delta beach emerges at low tide

 

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          Anchored for sunset

 

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      A family of barefooters from New Zealand trying our Delta waters

  

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    This young guy starts out being dragged on his chest, he then spins onto his back to get his feet in front of him, before standing up  

 

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      Hamming it up for the camera

 

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      A young California Sea Lion holding up the barefooters. While more often seen in the winter it's less common for these guys  to swim up from San Francisco Bay in the summer. They come for the fish. 

 

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       Didn't even know they made 400 hp outboards

 

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        Got a Winner?   Lots of fisherman were out during this past weekend’s Bass Fishing Tournament.  

 

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        Loco paraglider

 

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       Not really as close as it looks

 

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        Ultralight headed home

 

      A busy Sunday morning at Orwood Marina's launch ramp. Click photo above to view time lapse video

 

 

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       Pacific Pond Turtle

 

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       Great Blue Heron Sunset

 

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      Click photo above to view Time Lapse video 

 

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        “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
             John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

      

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Sanger wakeboard boat driver vies for “Bonehead Boater” of the year award.

Around 7pm yesterday a Sanger wakeboard boat was maneuvering around close to the Discovery Bay Marina gas dock when the driver slammed the throttle into forward launching the boat up onto the concrete gas dock. Eye witnesses said the boat climbed up on the gas dock sticking almost straight up into the air as it wiggled or walked its way sideways along the dock before settling down straddling the dock. As it the rode up the dock the skeggs were ripped off the bottom of the hull creating a good sized hole. The boat then slid off the backside of the dock and sank in short order behind the dock. No serious injuries were reported and two of the occupants may have been arrested for BUI. Part of the side of the dock is smashed up and one of the brand new gas pump’s hose reels was ripped up and pushed sideways. Good thing the boat didn’t take out an entire pump. In short order emergency services was on the scene with a helicopter flying overhead, a firetruck, at least 4 police cars and Contra Costa Hazmat Health Services. With fuel leaking from the boat, spill containment booms were laid down and absorbent sheets were spread around. Later in the evening a Hazmat response truck arrived with a 55 gallon drum of some type spill mitigation material which was used on the floating gas behind the dock. The dock fuel pump and fuel lines were not leaking.  

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     We were out for a sunset cruise when my wife Linda spotted some emergency activity at the Marina

 

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     As we approached, Matt Saale and Delta Seaweed Removal's pontoon boat was already working the scene, trying to pull boat along bottom under the dock

 

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       Notice damage to edge of dock, and gas pump hose reel. Flying boat missed pump by inches 

 

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       Spill containment booms and absorbent sheets in place 

 

   Boat ontop of dock. Photographer unknown (Jeff Ensley ?)

 

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       What a mess!

Matt Saale of Delta Seaweed Removal saw the accident from his house across the bay and was on the scene in short order. With his scuba gear on he was able to attach 5 air lift bags to the underwater boat filling them with air from his regulator. Given the late hour and very dark murky conditions Matt did all his underwater work by feel as there was no visibility. The plan was to pull the boat across the muddy bottom and out from under the dock but with the wakeboard boat’s tower up it was too tall. Working underwater in complete darkness Matt had to fold the tower down and attach a tow line.  With a line attached to The Seaweed Removal pontoon boat the sunken Sanger was slowly towed out from under the dock and maneuvered over to the forklift drop area. With the help of a backhoe, Matt in the water and Donnie, Noah along with several other marina dockhands the sunken boat was slowly moved into position over the forklift’s underwater arms. Little by little the boat was repositioned until the forklift was able to lift it up out of the water around 9pm.  We were able to watch and photograph the entire salvage operation and I must say Matt and company and the Marina Staff did an awesome, professional job that would have taken others many more hours to accomplish.  Good thing Discovery Bay HazMatt Saale! Job well done Matt. 

 

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      Matt getting suited up

 

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       Attaching towing line to pontoon boat
 

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      Diver in

 

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        Attaching a lifting line to backhoe

 

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     Forklift moving into place, Contra Costa Hazmat Heath Services truck in background

 

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      Ropes attached, ready to try and lift        

 

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      Now the heavy lifting begins

 

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              Going up!

 

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      Lifting line broke, time for a heavier duty rope

 

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     Air lift bags slowly break the surface

 

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      Stern of boat starts to emerge

 

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     Contra Costa Hazmat Heath Services 

 

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     Repositioning a very heavy water filled wakeboard boat onto forklift arms was no easy chore

 

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       Almost there!

 

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     Anyone interested in a slightly used Sanger V215?   

 

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       Looking good!  bring her up   

 

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     Got to love my Nikon D5 digital camera for low light photography, shooting at 64,000 ISO to take photos in near darkness

 

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       Water draining from several large holes in hull. A $50,000+ boat down the drain

 

       Sunken boat salvage video by Linda Klipp. Click photo above to view video

 

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As the calendar heads towards August we find ourselves in a classic Delta summer, hot cloudless days, cool evenings (sometimes) and lots of activity in the waters around us. 

Summer

Hair gets lighter, Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Nights get longer. Music gets louder. Life gets better. 

 

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      A different view of Discovery Bay's iconic Lighthouse

 

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      A busy Saturday evening on the water

 

But all is not Rosey in our Delta Paradise

Looks like so far we have gotten a slight break from the invasive weeds that have plagued us over the last few years. Of course some sloughs are fairing better than others. There still are large patches of slough choking Water Hyacinth scattered about but so far nothing like last year. After several years of the Egeria Densa weed growing out of control the treatment by California Department of Boating and Waterways seems to have helped. All is not Rosey though, as we have been plagued with a green pea soup algae bloom creating some of the worst water clarity I have seen in many years. We have seen this many times when water temps are high and winds low. But it usually comes and goes relatively quickly. This year it seems to have persisted for a longer time. To make matters worse in late July Contra Costa Health officials started advising people in Discovery Bay to avoid swimming in the slow water areas after preliminary field tests indicated the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae. Hopefully it doesn’t last very long. Just imagine if the Twin Tunnels Project moves forward lowering our water levels and diverting substantial amounts of fresh clean water to Southern California. Link to Health alert: http://cchealth.org/press-releases/2016/0725-Blue-Green-Algae-in-the-Water.php

 

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   An aerator was installed the other day in the DB Marina to break up the slick green slime. Seemed to do a good job

 

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     Boat launching is a challenge when Willow Lake water levels are lowered annually for maintenance 

 

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      I wonder how the lower water levels have affected algae blooms in Willow Lake?  

 

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      A playground for the young

 

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     Main Channel to Marina

 

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      As seen from Discovery Bay on 7/27, the debris from the Chinese carrier rocket Long March 7 (aka Chang Zheng 7)

 

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     Juvenile Snowy Egrets preening

 

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      Juvenile Snowy Egrets taking flight

 

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     Ultralight, Ultra low

 

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    With a constant flow of fresh water from the Sierras and 4 significant daily tide changes the California Delta is known for some excellent fishing

 

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      The Delta is a boater's paradise

 

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       Close call!              I was waiting for these guys to crash

 

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      We don't see many sailboats in our narrow channels

 

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       Go! Speed Racer

 

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      "Live Where You Play"

 

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      Got to love growing up on the water

 

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      Snowy Egret with tell-tale yellow feet and yellow lores (spot btwn eye and bill)

 

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     Great Egret flying by. The largest of our Egrets, notice the black legs and feet with yellow bill. (composite image)

 

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         Got to love Delta Sunsets

 

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      Indian Slough, a watery play ground

 

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      A serious floatilla on the move

 

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     Sometimes we forget we live in an agricultural region

 

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            "SITTING DUCKS"   

 

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      A local farmer and professional marksman uses our vast open space for target practice

 

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      Captain Morgan headed back to the Marina after one of his very cool Delta tours

 

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      Pacific Pond Turtle

 

      Headed back home after our Delta wine cruise. A time lapse video from our pontoon boat. Click above photo to play video

 

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     Discovery Bay Marina

 

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    Summer Concert series at the Discovery Bay Marina draws a big local crowd. Sponsored by the Discovery Bay Lions

 

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     A view from above

 

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     Sheriff in one their favorite hiding spots, intersection of Indian Slough and Werner Dredger Cut

 

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     Headed in. When it stays light out till 8:30-9pm I'm not sure I understand why the Marine Sheriff goes in so early?

 

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     Not exactly 5mph / No Wake. The reckless and irresponsible become more active later in the day after the Sheriff heads in. 

 

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     Got to love our colorful Delta skies

 

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      Full Moon arising, props to my wife and boat driver for the line-up

 

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   Fireworks maybe illegal in Contra Costa County, but they sure are fun to watch (composite image)

 

     Star Trails over Discovery Bay Lighthouse

 

     Night sky time lapse view of Discovery Bay. Notice the active flyway.  Click photo above to start video. 

 

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      At night you can here the train's horn throughout Discovery Bay

 

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      Orwood Bascule Bridge over Old River built in 1928 to connect Bacon and Woodward Islands     

 

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     Beaver munching on some tulee roots

 

     Beavers, Otters and Muskrats make their homes along our blackberry bramble and tulee lined levees. Click Photo above for my Beaver slide show video

 

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      Snowy Egret in flight

 

       

     Star Stack, 113 images shot of a 40 minute period stacked on top of each other. Center of circle is the North Star. Click above photo to play video 

 

       Twilight over Beaver Bay

 

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   Harvest Moon rising next to Discovery Bay Lighthouse  (composite image)

 

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While our photographic travels often take us to some of the most remote and exotic regions of the planet, we are blessed to have such a diversity of wildlife right “In Our Backyard”.  Sitting 60 miles inland from San Francisco Bay and fed by half a dozen melt-water rivers flowing down from the Sierra Nevada Mountains our 1,000-mile labyrinth of sloughs and waterways receive a constant inflow of clean fresh water. Each day we experience four significant tidal changes as the Pacific Ocean backups up or lowers the waters of San Francisco Bay creating a watery domino effect as our tides rise and fall by more than 2 meters creating a constantly changing shoreline and ecosystem.

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         Common Garter Snake

There is nothing like walking out your back door, Wandering down to the dock, getting in the boat and within a minutes finding yourself lost in the natural beauty of the Northern California Delta. While the Delta is often best known for boating, fishing and various water sports, our watery highways lined with blackberry brambles and tule grasses are home to many resident and migrant species of Birds, Mammals and Fish. It’s a scary thought that this natural habitat is threatened by our neighbors down south who want to divert these waters to Southern California communities, golf courses and farms. 

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      Pacific Pond Turtles      

 

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      Beaver chewing on some plants 

 

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        Great Blue Heron chasing Great Egret 

 

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       Juvenile Mallard Ducks 

 

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       Osprey 

 

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       Gull with his catch, he actually swallowed the fish whole! 

 

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       Muskrat 

 

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      Swan 

 

      Tern with his catch 

 

        Night Heron

 

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      Dragonfly 

 

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       Canada Geese

 

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       Swainson's Hawk

 

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        Green Heron

 

       Preying Mantis

 

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        Canada Goose

 

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       Great Blue Heron with a Crayfish

 

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      Great Egret taking off

 

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       Belted Kingfisher

 

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       Nuttall's Woodpecker

 

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       A pair of Snowy Egrets with a Great Egret

 

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        Clark's Grebe

 

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      Mallard Ducks

 

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       Snowy Egret

 

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         Wood Ducks

 

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        Swainson's Hawk

 

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       Delta Full Moon

If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings" blog post check it out at:

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Seems like we sprung from Spring right into Summer as the rains have stopped, the winds have slowed and temperatures have already climbed to 100’ plus. Summer clearly has arrived and with it comes all sorts of boating and water sports activities.   Got to love just Wandering the Delta always something different to see and experience. 

      

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       Headed out

 

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          Harken's back to simpler Delta Times

 

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     Three little Mallard ducklings sticking close to Mom.

 

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     Pacific Pond Turtle     

 

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       Canada Goose taking off

 

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      Springtime brings the little ones, Mallard Duck with ducklings

 

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        Discovery Bay from above

 

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       Airchair headed out of Discovery Bay

 

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      Coming down for a clean landing

 

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     Summer time fun

 

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      Just let go!

 

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      Not yet ready to fly, Canada Geese Gooselings     

 

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      Twilight over Beaver Bay

 

       Darkness arrives.  Click image above to activate short time lapse video

 

      Clear moonless skies lets the stars shine

 

 

      Star Stack looking southwest.  200 images taken over 90 minutes and then stacked together as a composite.   

 

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        Entrance to Discovery Bay

 

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        We have had some crazy skies. Click image above to activate short time lapse video  

 

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      Fishing at the Point

 

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        Police patroling on wave runners Memorial Day Weekend

 

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      Low tide brings opportunities

 

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       Good Night!

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billklipp@wkimages.net (Wildlife Photography by Bill Klipp) California Delta Canada geese Contra Costa County Disco Bay Discovery Bay Turtle boating clouds delta sunset fishing mallard ducks sky tubing wake boarding water Skiing wildlife http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/delta-wanderings-xxi-may-2016----springing-into-summer Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:37:02 GMT
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      Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia is the only place on the planet where Killer Whales / Orcas will intentionally strand or beach themselves in order to catch their prey of Sea Lions and Elephant Seals

 

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      Are Killer Whales Really Whales?

Orcas or “Killer Whales” (Orcinus orca) are in fact not whales at all but the largest member of the Dolphin family. They can be found in every ocean on the planet even the very cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctica. They are among the smartest animals on earth and live together with their families their whole life in matrilineal family groups. Some Orcas live their entire life in one place while others are known as transients which means they like to travel.  Orcas can live to be 30-50 years old in the wild but when in kept in animal parks like Sea World they die much younger. Orcas have been known to be friendly to humans and have never hurt humans in the wild (only when abused in captivity).

 

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       Setting up on the beach close to the Sea Lions at sunrise, now we just need some Orcas

 

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        Orcas are sexually dimorphic, meaning adult males and females differ in body shape and size. Adult males weigh almost twice as much as females. More striking though is the 3 foot size of the dorsal fin of females vs adult male’s which can be up to 6 feet tall. Size seems to vary by population with the Southern Hemisphere animals being slightly larger than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Offshore animals might be slightly smaller than Coastal populations due to higher productivity waters. Adult Orcas may be between 20 and 32 feet long and weigh between 12,000 and 20,000 pounds. Their size and strength make them among the fastest marine mammals able to reach speeds of 30-35mph and able to dive to 1,500 feet to catch their prey. 

 

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      All set up and scanning the coast looking for blows or dorsal fins, the tell tale signs of Killer Whales on the move.  

 

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      Two adult Orcas with a baby trailing coming in on some Sea Lions. Orcas are cooperative hunters who teach and train their young about these unique hunting strategies. 

 

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        Two Sea Lions pups escape a close call. The Orca hung just off the beach waiting for another pup to enter the water.

 

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        Very Close call

 

       Why are Orcas called Killer Whales?

Orcas are sometimes called Killer Whales because a long time ago some Spanish sailors saw them catching and eating whales so they named them “Whale Killers”. Over time that was changed to “Killer Whale”. But they are really just very large Dolphins.  While most Dolphins are fish eaters, Killer Whales are the top apex predators of the ocean and have developed specialized hunting skills depending on their habitat. While most Orcas dine on fish and squid some have a mammalian specialization, feeding on; seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins and even birds and penguins. Unique among animals is their highly coordinated cooperative hunting behaviors which they teach their young through repetitive practice.  While some Orca pods have learned how to catch Seals and Sea Lions in open water, those along Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia have a developed a unique skill only found here. Due to the steep smooth pebble beach topography of Peninsula Valdes the Orcas have learned to intentionally strand or beach themselves to catch Sea Lion and Elephant Seal pups along the shoreline. This behavior is most prevalent in the Feb to May time frame when the young Sea Lions pups are still being weaned and are just learning how to swim. It is an amazing site and our most recent trip was to focus on this unique hunting skill. 

 

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      The moment has arrived

 

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     Sometimes they would just patrol back and forth in front of us. 

 

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        Orcas sometimes use their flukes to toss their prey in the air to stun them so the young Orcas can have an easier encounter. We watched one toss a Sea Lion pup over 60 feet in the air.

 

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       Two Orcas rushing towards the beach 

 

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     Depending on wind speed and direction we might set up on a cliff overlooking a Sea Lion colony.  

 

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     We would sometimes stay in a spot all day waiting for some action. While some of the group was spotting others might take a nap. Linda in right foreground.

 

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         The cliff lookout gave us a unique perspective to watch the cooperative strategy of a hunt and an attack unfold. Adult Sea Lions have learned to be more alert and quickly get out of the way of incoming Killer Whales.

 

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      The waters were churning with unsuspecting Sea Lions and this Orca attacked several times

 

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     National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala had this to say about my Orca stranding photo

"Bill captured a great moment here. The massive Orca is struggling to get into the shallows to capture a Sea Lion, creating chaos around her, while all the other sea lions on the beach are watching. It gives a sense of a wild place. Great composition"

 

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      This one little guy was not so lucky, but his playmates got away

 

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         Orcas are known for their long dorsal fin and black-and-white coloring. Sea Lions pups are known as a tasty meal. 

 

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     It takes a lot of Sea Lions to feed a dozen Orcas that can weigh up to 20,000 lbs each and 23-32 feet long

 

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         Orcas use echolocation to communicate and to locate prey from great distances.

 

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        A pod of 8 Orcas moving in on a Southern Right Whale and it's calf. Notice the baby Orca on the left

 

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        The Orcas take turns harassing the two Whales, trying to tire them and separate the calf from the mom. 

 

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     The adult Whale responds with a constant series of violent tail throws hoping to hit an Orca. If hit an Orca could be severely hurt or even killed impacting the entire pod's ability to hunt. 

 

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     This attack went on for well over an hour mostly right in front of us, within 20 meters of the beach. As the Whale passed by us the sounds of its heavy breathing engulfed us. 

 

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       Finally the Orcas backed off and swam away as the Right Whale and it's calf headed off into the sunset to live another day.  

 

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        When on the beach we lined up strategically along a diagonal line down to water's edge to ensure nobody blocked another’s shot 

 

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       After the Whale attack this guy treated us to an awesome breach

 

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       After catching a Sea Lions the Orcas would move to deeper water and line up head to head to food share as not all of the pod's members have learned this unique hunting technique.

 

           Orca Beach Attack video by Bill & Linda Klipp.      Click above to watch video

 

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       The Old Lighthouse at Punta Norte sits on a cliff overlooking the dunes and the Peninsula Valdes coastline 

 

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         From up top of the Lighthouse one could survey miles of coastline in both directions.

 

             The weather seemed to change 5 times a day, with mornings in the mid 40s climbing sometimes to the upper 60s. The one constant were the winds blowing 20-35 mph.      Click above to watch short Time Lapse video  

 

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       We called this the "Training Beach" as the Orcas would sometimes practice and train beaching themselves for hours. It was amazing to watch them do it over an over again, sometimes two or three simultaneously.

 

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      Searching for pretty colored pebbles. We sometimes had to find strange ways to amuse ourselves during the many hours of downtown on the beach. 

 

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        The Orcas would sometimes get very playful with each other as this little guy leaped and slapped his tail repeatedly. 

 

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       Notice the rake like marks on this Orca's body. Most likely from fighting with another Orca

 

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      Another one of the good Orca spots at low tide, no beach at high tide

 

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     We saw a couple of Orcas moving towards the beach, but then they disappeared in the sun streak, only to surprise us by lunging onto the beach within 10 meters of us. Orcas will often come into the beach hiding in the sun's glare to surprise their prey. 

 

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      Bill fully armed: with a Nikon D4 and a Nikon 200-400 f4 lens on a tripod, along with a Nikon V1 on a gorilla pod shooting video and wearing Google Glass for photos and video. Not visible at his side is a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 

ORCA BOOT CAMP -----  What we did to get the shot. 

A typical day in Orca boot camp at Estancia la Ernestina at Punta Norte on Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia Argentina.

Up at 5:45am put on 3 layers of pants, 4 layers of tops, grab a quick light breakfast bite, then in the dark pile into the Land Rovers headed to one of 7 beaches picked by Juan our host the Orca Whisperer. Which beach we start our day is based on wind speed, direction, tides and Juan's intuition. Once we arrive near the the morning's selected spot we spill out of the Land Rovers in the dark, gear up then hike up to a mile with 35-40 pounds of equipment climbing over barb wire fences to trudge across soft sand dunes to perch on the edge of a cliff overlooking a Sea Lion colony with 20 knot winds blowing fine sand and dust all over us while scanning the ocean with binoculars looking for Orcas. Or instead of hiking across soft sand dunes we might hike across seemingly endless fields of loose gravel covered with colorful smooth polished stones then almost slide down a steep gravel embankment and slowly walk single file often crouching along the loose pebble beach to sneak up on the Sea Lions. We sit down in a diagonal line, set up our cameras and wait all day till almost sunset for something to happen while periodically munching on some surprises we find in our lunch boxes or having a social session of mate sharing (a local tea type drink).

If the tides go against us or the Orcas are thought to have headed north or south we hustle back to the Land Rovers drive like a Mad Max movie across the Estancia bouncing and sliding on the gravel tracks hoping to get ahead of the Orcas then hike back down to another beach, set up again and wait, hoping they come our way while Sea Lion pups are in the water. By 6pm we are back in our room charging batteries, downloading images and showering before our 7:30pm group dinner with lots of wine then into bed by 9:30pm. Every day the only thing we can count on is the winds will howl and the weather will change 5 times during the day, we will freeze, sweat, get wet, sometimes even bask in the sun and strangely enjoy doing this every day for 14 days in a row.  We were very lucky having 13 days out of 13 with 0rca sightings and even several whale encounters as its more common to see nothing. On the few days with really poor wind and sea conditions for Orcas we headed over to the Penguin colony to photograph penguins, foxes, armadillos, guanacos and birds or we head inland for Burrowing Owls or Great Horned Owls. No down time at all when visiting Estancia la Ernestina in Orca season, a truly unique and special place on Planet Earth.

See Peninsula Valdes Blog:  http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/Patagonia_Wanderings_Peninsula_Valdes )

This is how we got the rare shot of Orcas intentionally stranding themselves to catch a Sea Lion or Elephant Seal pup. It was surely our most challenging and adrenaline filled photo expedition yet. There is nothing quite like watching these highly intelligent and social animals practice and train their young to strand themselves on the beach. Then to actually see them hunt and attack their prey only to share their catch with the group. This is Mother Nature at her finest. 

 

     If the tides go against us or the Orcas are thought to have headed north or south, Juan the “Orca Whisperer” will whisper ”Lets Go” we then quickly gather up our equipment and hustle back to the Land Rovers and drive like a Mad Max movie bouncing and sliding on the gravel tracks across the Estancia hoping to get ahead of the Orcas then hike back down to another beach, set up and wait, hoping they come our way while Sea Lion pups are in the water. Click above to watch video  

 

Visit our blog about our Photo Expedition to Peninsula Valdes:  http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/Patagonia_Wanderings_Peninsula_Valdes

 

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Patagonia Wandering -- Peninsula Valdes I http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/Patagonia_Wanderings_Peninsula_Valdes Patagonia encompasses the vast southernmost regions of South America shared by Argentina and Chile. This sparsely populated region split by the southern section of the Andes Mountains is a wild and rugged landscape composed of deserts, steppes, glaciers, fjords, ice fields, temperate rain forests and endless grasslands. There are few places left in the world where one can feel such great isolation and vast emptiness virtually untouched by man. It’s a land of endless coastlines punctuated with numerous bays, inlets and peninsulas abounding with birds and marine wildlife.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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 Our visit was to Peninsula Valdes in coastal Patagonia where the low pampas meet the Atlantic Ocean. As a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Peninsula Valdes is a massive mushroom shaped peninsula that forms two large protected bays as it juts out into the Atlantic. Initially settled by sheep farmers the peninsula is still home to very large private estancias (ranches) some of which have established small eco-lodges which focus on the amazing diversity of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. In addition to being an important breeding ground for the Southern Right Whales the region is home to several large Elephant Seal, Southern Sea Lion and Magellanic Penguin Colonies. It is also the only place on the planet where Orcas intentionally strand themselves on the beach to catch Sea Lions and Elephant Seals.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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Southern Right Whale
  

      Endangered Southern Right Whale. Named the Right Whale by whalers since it was the "Right" whale to hunt as it was slow, making them easy to catch and they didn't sink when dead

 

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     Southern Sea Lions in the surf checking us out

 

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       Southern Sea Lions picking up our scent us as they cautiously came closer

 

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     Southern Sea Lions,  Moms with pup

 

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          Elephant Seal Pup

 

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     Surf's up

 

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      Magellanic Penguin

 

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     Orcas hunting at sunrise

 

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       Orca

 

On land one encounters flocks of flightless Rhea, herds of Guanaco, armadillos, grey fox, pumas, pampas cats, mara, cuis along with over 100 species of birds and many other unique creatures. We stayed at Estancia La Ernestina a century old sheep ranch with a small rustic eco-lodge that caters to photographers and film makers. The Estancia covers 37,000 acres with 20 miles of private coastline wrapping around the northern tip of Peninsula Valdes. This put us in the heart of this wild country with its endless dirt tracks where you won’t see another person or vehicle for hours. Our visit to Peninsula Valdes was more like an African safari.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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      Herd of wild Guanaco leaving watering hole

 

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     Guanaco

 

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Lesser Rhea

      Rhea are large (5-6 feet tall) flightless birds native to South America and related to the Ostrich and Emu    

 

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            Baby Rhea

 

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Cuis, Cavy

     A family of Cuis, small guinea pig like mammals

 

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Piche, Pichi, Pichi Armadillo,

    Rare Pichi Armadillo

 

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     Gray Fox hunting in the dunes

 

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      Gray Fox hunting in the Penguin Colony

 

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     Magellanic Penguin

 

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      Curious little Penguin checking us out

 

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      Turkey Vulture  

 

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