Archive for November, 2010

Roaring Lions

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Here is another from Kenya but this time taken in the morning sun as opposed to the afternoon rains.

This male was hanging around the females most of the morning and occasionally made his presence known with a determined roar.

This lion also features in a short BBC video clip that was shown this week on UK television. I will say more about that in a future post.

Soaking wet Cheetahs in Kenya

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Back to mammals for this post but with a significant change in the weather.

As this image shows, it is not always sunny in Kenya. It poured down on several afternoons whilst I was there this year which represented another challenge for me photographically.

There was no way that I was going to be beaten by the weather and head back to camp, even though the teaming rain looked set for the rest of the day. These Cheetahs, two of three shown here, were moving so I decided to stay and watch their behaviour, inching the ISO setting up on the camera as it got darker and darker.

Kenyan sunrise with symbolic Elephants

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Continuing the Kenya story, here is an image that took me out of my “comfort zone”.

I had left camp early one morning in search of the six Cheetah cubs and had no intentions of stopping before I found the cubs.

Initially the colour of the sky started to catch my eye as the sun got closer to the horizon. The colours made me ask myself should I stop or carry on my mission. A little further along the road the trees and shrubs parted to show the rising sun, which was making my decision even harder. When I saw the Elephants in the distance then the decision was made. I had to stop and give it a go.

I am glad that I stopped as this image is very different to those I typically take when in Africa.

Vulture landing in Kenya

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Keeping to the theme of African birds, here is an image of a Vulture taken on this years trip to the Masia Mara region of Kenya.

This image was taken as it came into land at a feeding frenzy with fellow vultures just out of the frame.

The light was a little flat on this particular afternoon and soon after this image was taken the short rains started to fall.

Tawny Eagle leaving its perch

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Here is another from this years trip to Kenya, but this time birdlife.

This Tawny Eagle was sitting comfortably on top of its perch for quite some time. I managed to keep myself focussed on the subject for long periods of time, waiting for some movement or action to take place, before releasing the shutter. I remember panicking though, each time I had to blink or stretch, in fear that I would miss the action.

Finally it decided to move and this image was recorded.