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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Masai Mara 2016

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Marsh pride female relaxing near Governors camp

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Red, young marsh male near Bila Shaka lugga
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Miti Mbili pride male Blackie relaxing near Topi Plains

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Blackie

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Yaya, Marsh pride lioness
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Yaya,s cub taking a ride near Bila shaka

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Marsh pride male Morani near the Mara river on Paradise plains
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Red,Marsh male
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Yaya,s young cub suckling near Bila Shaka
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Yaya

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Playtime for the Marsh Pride cubs at Bila Shaka

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Tatu,brother of Red, Marsh male at Bila Shaka

Masai Mara 2015

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Young Marsh pride Male near the drainage ditch just outside Governors camp
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Marsh pride female at Bila Shaka
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Marsh pride female having a knap near the Hippo pools in the Marsh
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Playtime in the Marsh
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Marsh male Tatu being groomed in the Marsh

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A Mature male spotted  near Aitong hill
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Young male spotted in the Olare Orak area

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Young Marsh male in the Marsh

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Marsh male Red in the marsh
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Morani, Marsh pride male taken on Paradise Plains

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Marsh Pride feeding on a dead Buffalo in the Marsh area

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Tatu,young Marsh Pride male

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Masai Mara 2013

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Young marsh male looking for warthogs near Governors camp
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Marsh pride male Morani with his kill on the Paradise Plains
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Morani

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Young Marsh pride lion 
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Marsh pride Male Msikio ,morning territory roar near Governors camp
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Paradise lioness with a freshly killed Gnu at the Mara crossing point
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Marsh pride male Scarface in the Marsh area