Still enjoying my Safari…

As my last post stated, I’ve found a Safari I can enjoy while sitting at my desk in my bedroom without ever getting up (and with no costs).  Though my current iPad and my phone allow me to move around the house along with other open wi-fi areas and watch as well.  Ustream.tv had allowed myself to view and listen to a waterhole in Botswana, as wildebeests, an assortment of birds, zebras, and a lot more types of animals drink from the pond and relax by the “beach.”  A few days ago I saw the first hyena to finally come across my screen.  I’ve also seen a bunch of owls, warthogs, and ducks, though I haven’t seen any elephants in a week or so.

Along with the Botswana and South African cameras, the ustream.tv site also has links to other live cams featuring all types of animals around the world.  Here are a few of the print screen “pictures” I have taken while watching over the last few days:

these South American and African penguins are at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americans in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  Not only are they cute to watch, they're also very loud...

these South American and African penguins are at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americans in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Not only are they cute to watch, they’re also very loud…

here's a pair of storks in Poland; I watched as they "cleaned" up their nest, despite the cold winds...they were shivering.

here’s a pair of storks in Poland; I watched as they “cleaned” up their nest, despite the cold winds…they were shivering.

two puffins sunning themselves at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Main.   Listening to the waves hitting shore is soothing...

two puffins sunbathing  at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Main. Listening to the waves hitting shore and the other puffins chirping away is very soothing…

Here are some new pics I snapped while watching the pond in Botswana:

two ducks deciding whether to make the plunge into the water; can you spot the warthog making a quick exit behind them?

two ducks deciding whether to make the plunge into the water; can you spot the warthog making a quick exit behind them?

I've heard the Hyenas cackleing, but haven't seen them until this one came by for a drink...

I’ve heard the Hyenas cackling, but haven’t seen them until this one came by for a drink…

this guy/girl was eating some of the tree's leaves...

this”little” one was eating some of the tree’s leaves before taking a sip one morning.

pretty sure this is a duck, sure as heck sounded like one. Loved the reflection in the water...

pretty sure this is a duck, sure as heck sounded like one.  Loved the reflection in the water…

The Botswana cam has been off line the last 2 days, due to the satellite company changing the IP address without telling those controlling the website.  The website masters have posted that they might have someone who can go out to the reserve and adjust the cameras so they can come back online.  In the meantime, there are plenty of other cams to watch…

HOW YOU DOIN?

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Going on a Safari, online that is…

I have always loved animals, all sorts of them.  Over the years I’ve had dogs and cats as pets, along with parrots, fish, and rabbits.  I grew up watching reruns of the original Flipper and Gentle Ben, went to Sea World and Marineland and fell for dolphins and orcas.  I even swam with a dolphin in Cabo a few years ago.  I have taken pictures of dolphins and lions and tigers on my trips to Las Vegas and the Mirage Hotel  and  I would love to go on a photographic safari some day when I can afford to.

A couple of days ago, as I was searching online for 4th of July firework shows shown live online, I came upon a website:  ustream.tv that has links to live cameras around the world, categories include entertainment, news, animals, and more.  As I clicked on the “animals and wildlife,” option, I found a lot of cameras covering eagles (some bald ones), gorillas, whales, dogs, cats, etc…  One of the cameras that caught my attention shows (live) a large pond  in Botswana called “Pete’s Pond,”  While watching this area, I have seen elephants, zebras, an assortment of birds, a warthog, and much more.  Here are some of the amazing sights I have seen while watching this camera, which moves left and right, as well as zooming in, though you have no control where the camera goes, that’s left up to people who control the website.  Along with the camera, is a microphone, which allows you to listen to the sounds of the area.  I’ve hit the “printscreen” option on my keyboard to capture what I have watched, as well as taken pictures and small videos of the screen using my cell phone.

Enjoy and be amazed:

this is a small group of elephants leaving the pond before dawn

this is a small group of elephants leaving the pond before dawn…

I spotted a young elephant taking a drink the following morning...

I spotted a young elephant taking a drink the following morning…

here's a wildebeest taking a drink later in the day...

here’s a wildebeest taking a drink later in the day…at least I think it’s a wildebeest

my fiend Jeff is a Wildlife Biologist and identified this young one as a Golden Jackal.

my friend Jeff is a Wildlife Biologist and identified this little one as a Golden Jackal.

I wonder if Simba is close by???  I have heard lions roaring, along with elephants trumpeting...

I wonder if Simba or Timone are close by??? I have heard lions roaring, along with elephants trumpeting…

this zebra came around for a drink as I was beginning to write this post.  Look at the reflection in the water...

this zebra came around for a drink as I was beginning to write this post. Look at the reflection on the water…

the camera pulled back to give you a larger view of the area.

the camera pulled back to give you a larger view of the area.

As I mentioned above, I would love to go on a photographic safari if I could afford it.  I even have a few bookmarked on my internet settings that would be great to do.  But watching Pete’s Pond, has made me feel like I am already on one.  If you’d like to watch too, here is some tips to make sure you get the most out of it: make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player on your desk top and/or lap top, iPads and android network phones seem to work too.  Also, turn up your volume, it might be loud, but it’s the real thing…

I’ll have another post up in a bit with more safari pictures, along with pictures from others live cams including sea otters at the Monte Ray Aquarium, Winter the Dolphin (who was featured in the movie Dolphin Tail) in Florida, along with African Penguins in New Orleans…

So, as I head back to my safari, I ask,

HOW YOU DOIN?