Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 3

Before travelling up to our next stop, we spent the morning back at the river where the red crowned cranes sleep and, with the conditions being even better than before, made for a brilliant morning of photography!  Things got even better when a pair of red foxes ran out right in front of the birds, and started mating, much to the amusement of one of the cranes which came up to the bank to have a look at all the commotion.  After the action from the river came to an end, we spent a very productive hour back at the crane sanctuary, where some smaller birds found their way into the cameras viewfinders, adding to our species list, as well as the prized cranes.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Red foxes mating
  • Japanese red crowned cranes
  • Whooper swan

The Great Migration Safari 2012: Day 9

Our final morning drive proved to be as productive as the rest of the safari.  Great sightings of two large male lions, two male cheetah on a fresh wildebeest kill, a baby giraffe and a troop of baboons giving us a show to remember – all topped off by mating ostriches!

Major sightings of the day:

  • Herd of elephants
  • Lions, 2 sightings (3 cubs and 2 large males)
  • 2 male cheetah, with fresh wildebeest kill
  • Giraffe and baby
  • Mating ostriches
  • Olive baboons, jumping over a stream
  • Eland