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 2015

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One of Mailakas cubs using a dead tree as a scratch post near Rekero
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Maliakas cubs relaxing during the heat of the day

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Suri,s youngster learning the art of stalking.Taken in the Paradise area
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Suri,s cub

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Suri watching Impala as the sun drops over the Mara
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Suri
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Suri in stalk mode trying to close the gap on the Impala

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Rommi, the resident Marsh leopard taken near Governors camp
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Suri trying to be a termite mound
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A lone male Cheetah taken near chinese, Masai Mara
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Leopard spotted in a dry lugga grabbing some shade in the Talek region

Masai Mara 2013

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Rommi,s young male cub relaxing at base of tree in the Marsh area near Governors camp
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Cheetah relaxing in the shade. Taken on Paradise Plains
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Cheetah on the move in the Talek area
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Female leopard Bahati,taken near Rekeru
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Rommi,s young male cub
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Full belly.Male Cheetah relaxing after a kill in the Talek region
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Two Paradise Chettah watching Lions from afar
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Rommi ,Marsh Leopard

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Rommi