Goatsucker with young

Goatsucker is a traditional name given to birds in the order Caprimulgiformes – the nightjars. The term was based on a belief that the birds drank the milk of goats. Fortunately for the local masai this belief was long ago proven erroneous. Nightjars are insectivores predominantly nocturnal and closely related to owls.
The other day i ran into the following Donalson-smith Nightjar while walking about camp at night.

donaldson smith nightjar
donaldson smith nightjar
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Striped Hyena Caught on Film

Gabriel our head of security has managed to get pictures of one of our elusive Striped Hyenas. An Oryx was found dead several days before these images were taken, using the carcass as bait. The Oryx had sustained bad injuries in a past fight with another male oryx (you might remember that we found another large male Oryx dead several months ago). This Oryx looks like he had survived for several months with his wounds which included two puncture wounds to his underside and a broken leg. Gabriel and his guards found the dead oryx in a little ditch where it appeared he had slipped and then was unable to get up.
Gabriel set up the camera on the carcass the first night and caught this fleeting glimpse of a Striped Hyena, a species we observed only for the first time a month ago.

striped hyenas
striped hyenas
striped hyena
striped hyena

Wim are you seeing this!!! cheers, jc

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