Day 10 was again rather uneventful, a full day of data collection, a couple of card games, beginning statistical analysis and then bed. We did see an unusual speckled amethyst sunbird, and are debating whether it’s an oddly moulting male or a true gynandromorph.
(Photo by Jake Letori)
Day 11 was much the same, data collection and statistics all day, preparing to present our findings in the evening. On the upside, there was a small pizza party to celebrate finishing the fieldwork. One thing we did not expect to hear in a Kenyan bar/restaurant was a techno remix of Darude – Sandstorm.
Day 12 began heinously early, as before we left at 6:30 we had to dismantle all the tents and cram them back into the impossibly tiny bags they had somehow come from. This was eventually accomplished and we set off on the 12 hour journey to Amboseli. This was thoroughly boring and uneventful, thanks to pouring rain and solid fog for much of the journey. When we arrived at Amboseli there wasn’t much to do bar getting situated in our tents and a late dinner.
Day 13, still with no stable connection to post these blogs, but a dawn safari to go on. Highlights were dozens of Elephants, a tree full of Vultures, a Spotted Eagle Owl, and what we thought was a Lion but turned out upon further inspection to be a particularly tawny Warthog. Back to camp for lunch punctuated by a dive bombing Mourning Thrush over the table, after which we spotted a Red and Yellow Barbet.
After lunch we made our way to a game lodge across the national park, had a discussion about possible mechanisms to explain apparent mimicry and dimorphism in butterflies, and headed out for another safari. This time one of the Elephants came within a few feet of the van, and we saw Hippos, Fish Eagles and a distinct lack of Cheetahs, so we live in hope that those show up on our last safari tomorrow.