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Tanzania Trip -- Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18
Breakfast along the highway Link to video.

Day 12. Wednesday, July 18. Babati, TZ.

Day 5 in Tanzania.

Cathy and Lydia conducted research interviews. I went to Tarangire National Park to see lions, elephants, giraffes, and a bunch of new birds! We were out all day, leaving here at 0530 (in the dark) and returning shortly before dark.

Mbazi met me at the White Rose and we walked about 20 minutes to the bus station in downtown Babati. We were on the express bus, and it was packed with people standing in the isle and gear packed in the overhead bins

Link to trip map.

July 18
Marabou Storks

I knew I was in Africa when the bus had to stop on the highway to let a herd of zebra and wildebeest cross before we could continue. I knew I was in for an amazing day when the first stop was a flock of vultures (three species!) tearing at each other to get access to a road-kill zebra (watch 30-second video).

Tarangire is an amazing place, but you have to be careful to avoid annoying the elephants, as we got charged by a momma elephant twice. The birding was awesome, and the driver knew the names of most species. Birding at home may never be the same, but maybe because I won't have to look past herds of zebra and wildebeest to spot little things flitting on the ground. Highlights included a zebra carcass with all three species of plains vultures, African Fish Eagles, Marabou Storks, Pygmy Falcons, Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Lilac-fronted Rollers, and getting chased away by momma elephant (watch video).

July 18
Highway sign at turnoff to Tarangire National Park
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Tarangire National Park entrance station
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Driving in the park
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Wildebeest and zebra
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Wildebeest
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Zebra
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A friend hanging out in the men's room
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Camp criminal!
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Box lunch (never ask what the meat is - it all tastes like chicken)
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Lunch with the guides
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Giraffe
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Baobab tree
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Impala (link to 19-sec video)
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Banded Mongoose
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Don't annoy the elephants
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I said: DON'T ANNOY THE ELEPHANTS!!! (watch video)
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Baboons in a tree (watch video)
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Lion and cub
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Rock Hyrax
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Guides Mbazi and Stanley B. Mbogo departing Tarangire
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Breakfast with a zebra (watch 30-second video)
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Safari scene
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Impala
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Blue-capped Cordon-bleu and Red-billed Firefinch at water
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Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)
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Yellow-collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)
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Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni)
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Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
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Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer)
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Male African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
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Female Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
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White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)
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Safari scene with Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
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Safari scene with Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
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Yellow-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis leucoscepus)
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Termite mounds
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Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)
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African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) family
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Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
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Common [Masai] Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
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Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) on Zebra rump
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Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
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Crested Francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena)
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Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo)
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Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
July 18
Lady Lion (Panthera leo)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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