Behind the lens
Here’s a selection of animals, birds and landscapes photos taken in different parts of Ethiopia. I thought I’d share a few of them with you- I hope you like them.
Long-crested eagle perches on a pole, crest waving in wind.
The remarkably long, feathered crest possessed by the aptly named long-crested eagle, is this unmistakable bird of prey’s most striking feature. My bird guide book tells me it is a relatively small eagle with dark brown to black plumage, long, white feathered legs, and a well barred tail. With the broad, rounded wings spread in flight, patches of white are conspicuous at the base of the primaries.
(Photo taken by Søren Kristensen, a Danish ornithologist that I’ve had a chance to accompany to the northern and western part of Ethiopia).
The common hippopotamus has an impressive array of tusk-like canines and incisors. It is considered by many to be Africa’s most dangerous mammal, as attacks invariably result in death. When feeling threatened, it opens its huge mouth and bellow. Females are fiercely protective of their young, which are born after an eight-month gestation. (Photographed at Lake Chamo in Arba Minch.)
Gureza (Abyssinian Black and white colobus)
This is the species most frequently seen by visitors to southern and western Ethiopia. This beautiful monkey is easily distinguished from other primates by its mantle of long white hair around sides and overall black features. Its major habitat is forest canopies and it is abundant in the western, southern and central highland of Ethiopia, specifically on the shores of Lake Awassa, Lake Zengena, Wench Crater Lake, in Turmi of Hamer region, at Wondo Genet, Welliso Negash lodge. The forests of Bebeka Coffee Estate, north of Mizan Teferi, offer the best viewing possibilities. This one was photographed in the Negash lodge, Welliso west of Addis.
The Danakil Depression in north-eastern Ethiopia is the hottest place on earth in a summer month. It is nested on top of an at least 1000m thick layer of quaternary evaporates including large potash (potassium salt) reserves. Endless salt and sulphur, and sprinkled with a rather adhesive coarse orange deposit is seen.