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Photos Ethiopia (Bale Mountains)

In May 2018, I went back to Ethiopia with my wife Heleen and 2 friends. This time we explored the national park of Bale Mountains. First we travelled through the Rift Valley with its 6 lakes and we enjoyed the many birds, thousands of flamingos, monkeys, hippos and endangered Swayne hartebeests.

The national park Bale Mountains consists of 3 completely different landscapes with many endemic animal and plant species. In the Dinsho region we could spot the impressive mountain nyala and the Menelik bushbuck. The heart of the national park is formed by the famous Sanetti Plateau. On these wild highlands at an altitude of 3000 to 4000 meters we could observe and photograph the world's rarest canid and Africa's most endangered carnivore; the Ethiopian wolf. Then we descended to the Harenna forest; a moist, subtropical and extremely dense forest. There we could observe the shy Bale Mountains vervet, discover a rare chameleon and we also encountered some giant forest hogs.

In Debre Zeit/Bishoftu I photographed many colorful birds and we end our trip with a visit to the impressive Jemme River Gorge where the beautiful and unique gelada baboons live.

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Abyssinian ground-hornbill
Lake Ziway - Great white pelican
Lake Ziway - Marabou close-up
Bulbula Cliffs - Olive baboon
Bulbula Cliffs - Olive baboon
Bulbula Cliffs - Olive baboon
Lake Chitu
Lake Chitu - Flamingos
Lake Chitu - Flamingos
Lake Chitu - Flamingos
Lake Chitu - Flamingos in flight
Lake Chitu - Flamingos
Lake Chitu - Greater blue-eared starling
Lake Chitu - Red-headed lovebirds
Lake Chitu - Hemprich's hornbill
Lake Chitu - Hut
Donkey cart
Senkele - Swayne's hartebeests
Senkele - Fighting hartebeests
Senkele - Swayne's hartebeests
Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary
Lake Awassa - African jacana
Lake Awassa - Northern red bishop
Lake Awassa - Saddle-billed stork
Lake Awassa - Flying Pied kingfisher
Lake Awassa - Popcorn Senna
Lake Awassa - Red-cheecked cordon-bleu
Lake Awassa - Little egret
Lake Awassa - Black-and-white colobus
Lake Awassa - Black-and-white colobus close-up
Lake Awassa - Grivet
Lake Awassa - Grivet close-up
Bale Mountains
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Mountain nyala
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Mountain nyala
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Mountain nyalas
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Wattled ibis
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Augur buzzard
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Abyssinian owl
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Abyssinian owl close-up
Bale Mountains - Dinsho - Menelik's bushbuck
Bale Mountains - Sanetti Plateau
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Barbary falcon
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf catches a rat
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf eats a rat
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf close-up
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Ethiopian wolf
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Stark's hare
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Thick-billed raven
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Blue-winged goose
Bale Mountains - Harenna Forest
Bale Mountains - Harenna - Bale Mountains vervet
Bale Mountains - Harenna - Bale two-horned chameleon
Bale Mountains - Harenna - Mount Gushuralle
Bale Mountains - Harenna - Giant forest hog
Bale Mountains - Harenna - Silvery cheecked hornbill
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Kniphofia
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Giant lobelia
Bale Mountains - Sanetti - Augur buzzard
Bale Mountains - Sanetti Plateau
Bale Mountains - Sanetti Plateau
Bale Mountains - Sanetti Plateau
Bale Mountains - Sanetti Plateau
Bale Mountains - Rock hyrax
Debre Zeit - Oromo woman
Debre Zeit - Yellow billed kite
Debre Zeit - Speckled mousebird close-up
Debre Zeit - Beautiful sunbird
Debre Zeit - Baglafecht weaver
Debre Zeit - Vitelline masked weaver
Debre Zeit - African pygmy kingfisher
Debre Zeit - Vitelline masked weaver
Debre Zeit - Paradise flycatcher
Debre Zeit - Yellow billed Kite
Debre Zeit - Blue-breasted bee-eater
Debre Libanos - Geladas
Debre Libanos - Male gelada
Debre Libanos - Gelada close-up
Debre Libanos - Young geladas
Debre Libanos - Olive baboon
Debre Libanos - Klipspringer
Debre Libanos - Jemme River Gorge
Debre Libanos - Portugese Bridge
Debre Libanos - Olive baboons