African Safari – Ngorongoro Crater – A short walk outside
After a morning of safari in the Serengeti we traveled to our lodge for the evening on the rim of the Ngorogoro crater. I was hoping to stretch my legs a bit so went walking around the grounds of the lodge and was cautioned at least three times to be careful and be on the lookout for buffalo, elephants or Leopards. A bit tough to photograph birds with one eye on the viewfinder and one eye over the shoulder but I managed not to get mauled or eaten and got some interesting photos of birds that I generally haven’t been able to identify. The Marabou Stork was indeed ugly but I wanted a good shot of the neck pouch so persisted in following them along a steep embankment near the lodge.
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Not sure of i.d. Perhaps Dusky Flycatcher (Alseonax adustus)
Not sure of i.d. Perhaps Dusky FLycatcher (Alseonax adustus)
Not sure of i.d. but might be a Fiscal Shrike (Lanius collaris)
Not sure of i.d. but might be a Slender-billed Weaver (Ploceus pelzelni)
Not sure of i.d. but perhaps Cape Robin Chat (Cossypha caffra)
Not sure of i.d. but I think a variety of Sunbird
Red-wing Starling (Onychognathus morio)
Our evening’s accommodation is here:
From the itinerary description: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is dramatically perched on the rim of the crater, affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 2286 metres (7,500ft) above the sea level. The Lodge is elegantly built from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the craterâ€™s great bowl. From its privileged position, all the Lodgeâ€™s 75 rooms afford breathtaking uninterrupted views, and the open air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar offers superb panoramic views of the whole crater.