Monday, March 29, 2010

Tala Part 2

Next on the agenda - rhinos!
There are two kinds of rhinoceroses, black and white.  These, I believe, are the white.  Their jaws are wide, as they are grazing animals.  The black rhinos, which are endangered, have a thinner jaw ending in prehensile lips, as they eat leaves and plants that they need to pluck from branches.
Here you can see the wider jaw.

We also saw many different species of deer and/or antelope.  I don't remember what each was called, and I haven't been able to find the little book in which I took notes during these trips.  When I went to the hospital for my surgery, we had to pack up our cabin, and we tended to just toss things into suitcases, as we had enough other things to deal with.  We are slowly organizing everything, but the key word is slowly.  When I find my notes, or when someone who knows more than I do helps me, I will add the information.

Here are some birds.  As with the deer, I can't remember what's what.  Sorry.
Actually, I do remember the one above.  It's an Egyptian goose, called this because the black markings around its eyes look like the kohl eyeliner used in ancient Egyptian art.

And this, possibly, could be a cormorant, spending time with his or her turtle friend.

Below is the most I got to see of a hippopotamus.  We were there during the afternoon.  Apparently, in the evening, around 6:30, they come out of the water and they make noise.  They roar, and they do it loudly.  I wish I could have heard them.  In both game reserves, there was accomodation, cabins or rooms.  I hope someday to come back and stay a few days, because I'd love to see the animals at dawn (yes, I'd wake up early for something like this.  Really.)  And there are nocturnal animals, too, so it would be wonderful to go out at night.

A last look at Africa:

1 comment:

  1. I'm really enjoying your commentary and pictures, Judy. Hope your ankle continues to improve. I have signed my book contract with Second Story Press and am working on revisions. Linda