The Musuria Elephants

These images were taken back in March 2017 in the area in the Masai Mara known as the Musuria Marsh.

We were just outside camp on our early morning game drive when we came across this small family of Elephants with a bull calf.It was amazing to see these Elephants gather round this young Bull calf as if to protect it, and led him out in front of us for a days grazing in the Mara.

Incredible iconic African mammels in which i never tire of photographing,a particular favorite of my partners who not only loves them but also a keen supporter of the David Sheldrick Trust, an incredible organisation which heads a major rehab and release programme for orphaned Elephants in Kenya.

If your ever in Nairobi please go and visit the orphanage its an emotional and rewarding experience.

Elephants are in mass decline due to the illegal ivory trade.Without worldwide support for these majestic mammels soon viewing them will be in the past.Please dont buy ivory,some poor Elephant has been hacked to death for it

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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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Battle on the Topi Plains pt 1

These images were taken back in February 2017 on our annual trip to the Masai Mara.

Ntuala our Masai guide led us to this Eland kill on the Topi plains where we were greeted by the whole Mdomo pride including the pride males Lipstick and Blackie.

The pride had killed the Eland bull in the night and were well fed by the time we arrived.

The lions had stripped the carcass of all the most nutritious meat and left just the stomach lining and intestines in which the brave Jackels would steal avoiding mock charges from mainly the two young males.

Looming in the background a large clan of Hyenas massed calling each other trying to intimidate the young males to the point where one Lioness and Lipstick came to the aid  and charged the Hyenas.

One hour later the Lions well fed left the carcass to the mercy of the Hyenas in which part two i photographed.

This was an amazing time to watch the dynamics of two major rivals in the animal kingdom competing for food.

A huge thank you to Ntuala our Masai guide working for Governors camp.A fantastic guide who loves the Animals and proud to be Masai.His knowledge,where to position the Land rover that was not intrusive to the animals and great for us photographers was fantastic.

I used a Canon 7d mk 2. 100-400mm Canon lens with polarising filter.

Coming soon the Hyenas in part two.

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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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