The Serengeti: The Ones That Don’t Normally Get Noticed

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are far more animals to see on safari than the usual Big Five, big cats and antelopes. Besides, looking for a few types of animals each day got tedious and it even came to a point where we told Muba that we should please move on from seeing cheetahs, thank you. I enjoyed looking out for the littler animals like birds, including this pair of yellow-throated bee eaters. Such a cute name!

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Near the water there was the saddle-billed stork with its bright red bill covered in the middle by a saddle of black.

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There was also what I think should be the black-winged stilt. I couldn’t be sure because I probably wasn’t paying attention to Muba!

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In the shrubs, there was the the lilac-breasted roller, such a pretty bird. I like how a website describes it as having a lilac breast and sky blue underpants (sorry, lost the website, if anyone finds it I’ll be very happy to give credit where due).

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We also spotted this Fischer’s lovebird in a tree.

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Muba said that if it was in a pair like normal, they would be kay eye ess ess eye en gee. Although I said that to make a silly little rhyme, lovebirds are supposed to be very affectionate with each other. They apparently groom each other and sit as close to each other as possible. How lovely!

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The next bird, the african fish eagle, is more majestic than cute. It wasn’t as easy to spot because of its sombre colouring. Nice, but kind of boring after a while when it didn’t move at all.

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The ones that did move about were the superb starling. At our lunch stop, they constantly chirruped round us, hoping for some crumbs to fall. I say they’re way better than the horrible-looking black mynahs we get at home!

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Check out the pretty bright blue-aquamarine colouring!

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Moving on from the birds, there were the baboons. They are fairly common and it’s understandable how little they feature in safari trip reports as they are rather unattractive, appearing rather uncouth and greedy.

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Like so. (Although this little guy is a bit cute in its own way.)

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We also saw the occasional jackal, somewhat like a wild dog. Here the gazelles aren’t afraid because one jackal isn’t match for a full-grown gazelle, plus the jackal was already feeding on a hare. Lucky gazelles and lucky jackal.

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I’m most pleased by this spot as I saw them first because of the strange raccoon-like ears and asked Muba what they were. Muba reversed as quietly as he could and we were glad to catch another glimpse before they ran off. These are bat-eared foxes, shy insectivorous creatures that tend to come in pairs. How sweet!

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