Battle on the Topi Plains pt 2

The story i have told on part one,but i would like to add that this incredible predator and scavenger often dubbed a villian on the African grasslands has an integral part to play along with Vultures in cleaning up the reserves of disease.Without them there would be many sick animals.

To see a clan of Hyenas on a carcass or hunting game is a sight to behold.Very powerful and social,always a pleasure to photograph.

While watching this Clan on the Topi Plains i noticed one Hyena with a snare wrapped around its neck.These type of snares are meant for Bush meat and can cause a slow and painful death.

Our guide Ntuala reported this to the Kenyan Wildlife Service.The last i heard the KWS were going to dart this Hyena and remove the snare.

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Death on the Mara river

I photographed these harrowing images on the bank of the Mara river. Even though the whole event lasted just ten minutes the experience for me was  hard to photograph,but as my guide Ntuala said this is reality of life and death in the Mara.

To see at least twenty large Crocodiles converge on this helpless Zebra was a rare experience,so with a heavy heart i shot these images.The sun was bouncing off the river,eventhough i was using a polarising filter many images were over exposed.

This is life in the bush.

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Freemans

I took these images earlier in the year on safari in the Masai Mara,Kenya

It was back in March when i photographed this young male in an area the locals call Freemans.This area was about thirty minutes drive by land rover from Governors camp,nestled by the Olare Orak river.This area of the Mara is notorious for Leopard sightings and at this time many people were getting regular sightings of a famous Leopard in this area known as Bahatti.

As we were on a afternoon game drive we knew we did not have much time when we got there,so all we could do was hope.With no sightings and distant rumbles of thunder as the light rains were coming in we were just about to head back when we noticed this young male Leopard sat by a dry lugga,we think Bahatti,s son.

I managed to rattle off a few frames before a loud rumble of thunder spooked him,sending him back in the bush to disappear in front of our eyes.

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Playtime

I took these images back in March on the southern plains east of the Talek river,Masai Mara.

At this time Malaika,the most famous Cheetah in the Masai Mara had two cubs.They were nine months old,one female and one male.

Malaika a great huntress has proved time and time again that she can rear young where Lions and Hyena reign supreme.Her status as a mother is unrivalled.

It was pleasure to watch and photograph these two cubs practicing their hunting skills in the heat of the day while Malaika lied under a croton thicket keeping cool.

Photography side was extremely difficult due to the sun being so high and no cover.Even using a polarizing filter did not make much difference.With a combination of a low ISO and a low light setting on my Canon 7Dmk11 i managed to get a few shots off,but many were also over exposed.

Currently Malaikas cubs have now separated from her mum and now are hunting for themselves near Governors camp.

Malaika is currently hunting in the Rongai area of the Mara.

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Masai Mara 2016

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Two young Bull Elephant testing each other in the Musiara Marsh

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A big Cape Buffalo on the Topi plains
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A Black Rhino wallowing in the Marsh just outside Governors camp
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Two young Elephants near Governors camp
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Baby Elephant crossing the track in the Talek region of the Mara
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A big Bull cooling off near the Musiara Marsh
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Cape Buffalo cooling off in the Olare Orak region of the Mara

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