Archive for October, 2012

A Kenyan Lion, hiding in the long grasses…

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Here is a Lion that was beautifully camouflaged in amongst the long grasses. That was however, until it yawned…

Each time I visit Kenya I remark on just how different the scenery is year on year. This is despite the fact that I visit during the same months every year. Sometimes it has been very green as a result of a plentiful supply of rain water. More typically, the grasses are short and pale in colour causing the migrating animals to pass through in search of food and water. Well this year large portions of the Masai Mara offered long pale grasses which was unusual and a new experience for me. Initially it was a little frustrating photographically. It was difficult to spot the wildlife and once found it was even more difficult to focus on the subjects eye with so many long grasses “blocking the view”. However, once I had fiddled with my camera settings a little and worked out that a protruding ear was probably the same distance away as the hidden eye, I started to create some pictures.

When I spotted this Lion lying in the grasses it was impossible to automatically focus on the lion through all of the grasses. Not even the ear was showing above the grass line. Thankfully the lion kindly raised its head to yawn, allowing this picture to be taken.

A Leopard, lit up by a ray of sunlight…

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Here is a Leopard from last months trip to the Masai Mara.

This particular Big Cat had just spent an hour or more up a nearby tree, consuming a good portion of a poor old Wildebeest. When it had finished its breakfast the Leopard came down from the tree to spend some time in the shade. It would rest in the cool grasses for a while but as the sun continued to move, the Leopard kept getting disturbed by the rays of light. This caused the Leopard to raise its head and move before it would resettle again in the shade. Having photographed this behaviour a couple of times I then decided to underexpose the camera settings to exaggerate the effect of the sunlight catching the Leopard.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the next rays of sunlight to break through the foliage, when this picture was recorded.

A Sacred Ibis coming in to land…

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Here is a Sacred Ibis photographed as it was coming in to land.

When I visited Kenya last year I spent some time photographing the birdlife. I came away with a handful of bird images and a feeling that I would like to devote more time to photographing birds on this years trip. I know most people visit Africa for the so called “Big Five” and I am no different spending the “Golden Hours” in search of the big targets. However, the Big Cats for example, don’t do very much as the day warms up so on several occasions I spent the middle portion of the day in pursuit of avian life.

On this particular afternoon the light was overcast with a touch of rain at times. Such conditions were perfect to photograph birds with white plumage.

A Cheetah mum taking great care of her cubs…

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here is the mother of the Cheetah cub that I shared in my last post.

As you can see, she is mum to two Cheetah cubs which I would estimate to be around three months old when this picture was taken. She is feeding one cub whilst offering some warmth and protection to her other cub at the same time. The adult Cheetah is also constantly on the look out for predators and prey. Whilst on this termite mound she would continually turn her head to scan the surrounding area. As an adult Cheetah, there is very little time or opportunity to relax.

Hopefully this family will continue to grow and the cubs will become young adults by the time I visit them again in 2013.