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?

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2 comments on “Going on a Safari, online that is…

  1. This seems to be a big part of your life lately — these cams are definitely fascinating…..

  2. […] years, as I’ve had smart phones with good cameras as well, taken screen shots of live cameras online, and have also taken pictures with my iPad.  The other day I found a photo app (CamStar) that […]

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