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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Paradise Pride

The Paradise Pride in the Masai Mara as from March 2017 has four pride males known in the Mara as the four Musketeers,six lionesses and many cubs at various ages.They have now split into two groups,some have crossed the Mara river and gone into the Trans Mara,and the other group are south near the main crossing point.

I had the pleasure of photographing this Pride in March 2017 on various occasions,my highlight being them feeding on a young Hippo kill near the crossing point.

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The Marsh Pride Pt 1

These images were taken during March 2017

I have watched and photographed this famous pride since 2011 and have seen the highs and lows,the lowest being the illegal killing of two of the three graces ,Bebe, Sienna by Masai Herdsmen.

The highs for me being able to see White eye during her final yrs,and watching Red and Tatu grow and mature before leaving the Marsh to find their own territory.

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Lipstick And Blackie , Madomo Pride males

In my opinion the most impressive black mained males in the Mara at the moment.

How long they hold their territory for we will wait and see as they are 12yr old plus,old for pride males.I hope they are still there next year as over the years i have grown to love these charismatic and powerful lions.

My images were taken with a Canon 7d mk 2, 400mm  is,usm Canon lens with standand grad filter.Various iso parameters trying to keep it below 2000,less graining.With the sun set so high during the heat of day photography can be tricky.

I hope i have done these boys justice with these images.

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The Marsh Pride Males 2017

These are a series of images of Jambo and Karibu the new Marsh males,taken in the heart of their territory,the Musiara Marsh, Masai Mara.

This year i had the privilege to photograph three Mara prides,the first of which the most famous of them all;the Marsh Pride.

2016 had been a disastrous year for the pride with the loss of two iconic lionesses Bebe and Sienna,Poisoned by Masai herdsmen illegally grazing cattle on the national park.After an international outcry the two men were caught and sent to prison.

The pride had splintered for a while,with the Musketeers,four males leaving the Marsh to cross the river to expand territory the Marsh Pride needed to regroup, and that they have with these two young strong males.

My photographic kit consisted of a Canon 7d mk2 camera, 400mm i.s.usm Canon lens with standard polarizing filter.iso 1000,spot metered,various focal lengths with great light.

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Musiara Marsh sunrise

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