Madomo Pride, part 1

Earlier this year i had the privilege to photograph this pride in their home range on the Southern Topi plains and as far as Malima Tatu.

With two of the most impressive blacked mane males in the mara this group has grown strong with ten young lions,ages between five months and one year.Four powerful lionesses including one of my favorites Shingu.

With Blackie and Lipstick in their later years i do feel a pride takeover will not be far away.I do hope to see them in 2018 as they symbolize the African Male lion to me. I

used a Canon 7d mk2, 1-400mm is-usm Canon tele photo lens,polarising filter.

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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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Marsh Lioness Charm

Charm was born in the Musiara Marsh area of the Masai Mara in 2003.Born into the Famous Marsh Pride she soon splintered off into a satellite group known during the B.B.C. series Big Cat diaries as the Three Graces  [ Charm-Joy-sienna  ]

Charm is the daughter of Red,a great hunter of times past.She returned back to the main pride in 2010 and now is the oldest lioness in the pride at fourteen,a good age for lioness,and still going strong.

Kit used

Canon 7d mk 2

100-400 Canon is,usm Telephoto lens

Standard Hoya polarising filter.

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The Paradise Pride, Scar, Morani

These are images of two of the four Paradise pride males who are known in the Masai Mara as the Musketeers,scar being the most famous.However there are four in this pride,Msikio,and Hunter who were on the other side of the Mara river.

Since 2011 when the Musketeers kicked out Claude,and Romeo from the Marsh Pride, they have been a dominant force in the Mara and hold several prides.They vacated the Marsh and settled mainly in the Triangle side of the Mara but occasionally are seen on the Paradise side of the Mara river.

The Musketeers abandoned the the Marsh because Masai herdsman were illegally grazing cattle leading to the eventual pointless deaths of Sienna,Bebe,and Ron by poisoning.I feel that they felt safer in the Triangle as there would be less encroachment by humans.

Kit- Canon 7d mark2 ,100-400 Canon is usm tele photo lens

Taken at various focal lengths,spot metered,f.5.6,various iso parameters below 1000.

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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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The Heron

These images were taken on a visit to a nature reserve in Pembrokeshire Wales called Westfield pill.

I was given a tip off from a local man that there had been regular sightings of otters by dog walkers,so i went to check it out but to no avail.On the way back to the car i noticed a Heron stalking the bank and quickly shot these images.Take note one of the images taken i thought was this Heron snatching a frog but on closer inspection realised that this was part of a plastic bag.Discarding plastic causes high numbers of fatalities in all aspects of wildlife.So when i see discarded poo bags from dog walkers it makes my blood boil,we have all got a responsibility to take care of our wildlife.

I used my old camera set up which consisted of a Canon 7d with a Sigma 120-500mm lens.My focal length was set at 450mm due to the distance of the Heron.ISO-1250. Spot metered.

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The Great Grey Owl

The Great Grey Owl can be found in North America as far east as Quebec to the Pacific coast and Alaska.The species in North America has been classified endangered under the Californian endangered species act.In Europe the Great Grey can be seen in Norway,Sweden,Finland,Estonia,also Russia.

This owl feeds on small rodents such as mice and squirrels and has a wingspan up to 60 inches.The Great Grey territory are usually coniferous forests and open glades where it prefers to hunt and nest.They often nest in abandoned hawk and eagle nests or on tree stumps.Breeding pairs in North America successfully fledge 70 to 80% of their young.

I am sure you agree this is a beautiful bird which i had great pleasure in photographing.

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The Elk

These images were taken at the Bison Center near Mere,Wiltshire,U.K.

The Bison Center is a wildlife park that concentrates on native American species which include Elk which is very similar to our native Red deer found here in the U.K.

Yellowstone Park is on my bucket list,but for now being able to photograph these impressive mammels in a spacious natural surrounding was a treat.

Wapiti is the native American word for Elk which means light coloured deer.Their lifespan in the wild is 8-12 years and a bull can grow to 500kg

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