Archive for January, 2011

When Lion meets Lioness

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

This male lion had been pursuing the females all morning. He had spent a couple of hours patiently following the females waiting for the right moment to mate.

Soon after the sun came up over the horizon he became impatient. He decided to chance his luck and approach this female with intent. Although I don’t understand the sounds that either of these lions were making whilst I took this picture, I can safely interpret this interaction as a NO or NOT NOW signal !

Hyena cub with a bone

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Staying on the African theme, here is a Hyena cub that I found proudly walking around showing its bone to the world. The Hyenas that I have seen previously in Kenya have been pretty ugly looking if I am perfectly honest. This juvenile, on the other hand, looked vaguely cute and fluffy so I took the opportunity to take some photographs.

The image was taken if bright but overcast conditions which has helped even out the shadow areas and give a softer feel to the image.

More soaking wet Cheetahs

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Here is another image from the rainy days in Kenya, to compare with the image in my last post. Even the Cheetahs had had enough of the rain by this point in the afternoon.

Cheetah in the pouring rain

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Here is another image taken from my last trip to Kenya. On several days during the trip the heavens would open in the afternoon and the rain fell hard for some time. The conditions were very challenging from a photographic point of view but at the same time I feel that the rain adds another dimension to this picture.

Without the rain, this picture would be just A.N.Other image of a Cheetah. With the rain, I feel it adds to the atmosphere and it certainly reminds me of the conditions that day.

This is one image that I feel looks much better as a high resolution print. The low resolution file shown here doesn’t really show enough details.

Pheasant in the snow

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Here is Pheasant that was forced out of its “comfort zone” in search of food and water. This particular day, a couple of days before Christmas, it was exceptionally cold in the UK. Consequently, I noticed that the wildlife was getting braver in search of food and water. Birds not normally seen in gardens started to appear in gardens and birds more at home in the undergrowth and vegetation became more visible.

Photographically, the snow has acted as a giant reflector in this picture, reflecting the available light back into the areas that would normally have been cast with shadows.