Some months ago I stumbled across a chameleon in a nearby thicket, and after taking several snapshots using my camera phone, I thought of a plan to photograph the little creatures in my backyard and surrounding areas.
So here is a little sample wildlife that inhabit my backyard and surrounding areas …
The chameleon – a very distinctive and well-known species of lizard, due to the large eyes, curled tail and ability to change their skin coloration. As a young kid I remember chameleons being so common but nowadays I rarely come across any, so it was an incredible stroke of luck to come across this guy.
Chameleons are not the only lizard species that reside in my backyard ….
Imagine my excitement when I came across these guys, a species of parrots known as Fischer’s love birds. According to Wikipedia the species are found in the Serengeti in Tanzania, interesting to spot them in the midst of the concrete jungle that is Nairobi.
not the best shot since I had to zoom from afar, could not risk getting close and missing the magical opportunity.
Tiny, pugnacious, and jewel-like, hummingbirds are very common. Hummingbirds are able to perch and will do so at feeders regularly. Because they fly so much, they have poorly developed feet. They can barely walk at all. The hummingbird is much more comfortable in flight.
She finally comes down and I’m able to take a better shot …
A shiny black humming bird, I don’t know whether it’s a different species or a male (in the bird world males happen to be more colorful)
These little red birds are also very common, I happened to capture what seems to be a grooming session
A strange bird of prey, looks like a falcon …
A raven perched on a traffic light
Relaxing in the shade ….
Enough with the birds lets check some insects. I was able to capture close shots of this butterfly with it’s feeding tubes (proboscises) fully extended …
A honey bee doing it’s thing …
Another huge one that looks like a cross between a bee and a wasp …
Are these tiny things ladybirds?
looks like some type of mosquito
Slimy slugs very common during the rainy season
Take a closer look ….
And the sun finally sets …..
So you’ve seen a sample of wildlife in my backyard. Tell me what you think … What wildlife do you have in your backyard ?
This week Safari 254 links up with;
1. Reflections enroute #wkendtravelinspiration
2. Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays
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