Mammals, Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!

In the two weeks I spent in Africa, I saw thousands of animals and attempted to keep track of all the various species. Unsurprisingly, most animals we saw were antelope but the most species of animal we saw were birds. And, I’ve got to say, I am not a bird fan. Or, I should say, was not a bird fan. This trip completely changed my mindset on birds. Once scary flying dinosaur relatives that poop on you on purpose were now beautiful bee-eaters, nest builders and ecosystem controllers. Cheers to you, birds.

Below is a full list of species (and some extras) spotted over the two weeks and some highlights of my favorites:

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Birds: 

  • Pied kingfisher
  • African fish eagle
  • African jacana
  • Squacco heron
  • Little egret
  • Cattle egret
  • Grey heron
  • Goliath heron
  • Purple heron
  • Hadeda ibis (and nest)
  • Open-billed stork
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • African pygmy goose
  • Pin-tailed whydah
  • Blacksmith lapwing
  • White-browed robin chat
  • Red-billed quelea
  • White-breasted reed cormorant
  • African sacred ibis
  • Reed cormorant
  • Yellow-billed kite
  • Hamerkop (and nest)
  • Green-backed heron
  • Cape starling
  • Fire finch
  • African grey hornbill
  • Spurwing goose
  • Lilac-breasted roller (bottom left)
  • Swamp boubou
  • Meyer parrot
  • Oxpecker
  • Grey go-away-bird
  • Namaqua dove
  • Musket weaver
  • Coppery-tailed coucal
  • Arrow-marked babbler
  • Southern-pied babbler
  • Malachite kingfisher (bottom right)
  • Ground hornbill
  • African red-eyed bulbul
  • African wood hoopoe
  • Kurrichane thrush
  • Giant kingfisher
  • White-crested helmet shrike
  • White-tailed shrike
  • Ostrich
  • Guinea fowl
  • Little bee eater
  • Marabou stork (a truly hideous species, top left)
  • Red-billed franklin
  • Yellow hornbill
  • Red hornbill
  • Blue waxbill
  • Crimson-breasted shrike
  • Swallow-tailed bee eater
  • African darter
  • Southern carmine bee eater (top right)
  • White-backed vulture
  • Giant eagle owl
  • Western great egret
  • Bat hawk
  • White-quilled bustard
  • Southern white-crowned shrike
  • Greater blue-eared starlingmammal-collage

Mammals:

  • Elephant
  • Hippopotamus
  • Burchell’s zebra
  • African lion (black mane, top right)
  • Kudu (left image)
  • Red lechwe
  • Warthog
  • Cape buffalo
  • Tsessebe
  • Impala
  • Giraffe
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Spotted hyena (bottom right)
  • Slender mongoose
  • Vervet monkey (middle right) 
  • Bush squirrel
  • Steenbok
  • Waterbuck
  • Chacma baboon
  • Roan antelope
  • Banded mongoose
  • Duiker
  • Cattle
  • Donkey
  • Dogs
  • Cats

Reptiles:

  • Crocodile
  • Leopard gecko
  • Water snake
  • Unidentified gecko

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Tracks, scat, skeletons and more: 

  • Hyena tracks
  • Lion (with cubs) tracks (and scat)
  • Porcupine tracks
  • Ostrich tracks
  • Aardvark tracks and scat
  • Wildebeest tracks and scat
  • Serval tracks
  • Buffalo tracks and scat
  • Hippo tracks and scat
  • Wild dog tracks
  • Giraffe tracks and scat
  • Baboon skull (top right)
  • Kudu horns
  • Red lechwe skull (bottom right)
  • Elephant skeletons (top left)
  • Tortoise shell (bottom right)
  • Kudu skull

Source: Birds (here, here, here and here

); Mammals (here, herehere and here); miscellaneous (my own). 

2 Responses to Mammals, Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!
  1. ETQB Reply

    WOW and WOW!!

  2. […] a giant eagle owl which looks like it’s wearing eye shadow (full list of creatures spotted, here).... jillianbraun.com/2016/12/11/when-hyenas-attack

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