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This Week At Angama #101

It’s been another busy week in the Mara – morning, noon and dusk, no matter the time of day, there is always a beautiful scene to capture
A jackal at sunrise

We stumbled upon this jackal lying in the middle of the road amid some elephant dung. He was using the dung to warm himself up on this chilly morning and would not budge until we were very close. We stopped to take a few pictures and most obligingly, he walked back to the dung and posed.

A jackal observes me as I captured the shot f 5.0 1/5000, ISO 400 -1.33
Elephant at first light f 7.1, 1/500, ISO 320 -0.33

Focusing can be tricky when it comes to backlighting. You have to focus manually when taking such shots, but when it works, the result can be amazing.

A backlit Balanite f 5.0, 5000, ISO 320 -0.67

We have had many beautiful mornings this week with golden yellow sunrises.

The view from up high f 4.0, 1/800, ISO 500 +0.33
A small hippo pod captured from above f 5.0, 1/250, ISO 500

I was excited to join our guests in a hot air balloon this week for a photoshoot. The views are simply astounding.

A beautiful line of ox-peckers fly off of a giraffe as it makes a move f 6.3 1/5000, ISO 320 -0.67
A high contrast black-and-white shot of a giraffe amid the beautiful balanites f 5.6, 1/4000, ISO 320 -0.67

Some scenes I look forward to every day.

One of the Boarder Brothers captured in the tall grass f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 100 -0.33

It was wonderful to catch up with the Border Brothers this week. Their bellies were full from a kill they had made in the Serengeti and had just crossed over to our side to get enjoy some shade.

This week has been all about the birds. Here is a sequence showing a black-chested snake eagle hovering over a snake before swooping in to make its kill.

A black-chested snake eagle hovers over a snake before making its kill

Some other wonderful moments included watching a pied kingfisher fluttering over a small pool of water; with a fish in its sights. It stays in the air for close to 30 seconds before taking the plunge. For a fraction of a second it dips underwater before coming up with a fish in its beak.

With the rains slowly coming to an end, the pools of water near the roads have started drying up, exposing the fish. A spur-winged plover enjoyed a small mudfish on the road.

We wonderful week of birds from a pied kingfisher catching a fish to a spur-winged plover and best of all a Verreaux’s eagle-owl

This week also brought a rare sighting; the Verreaux’s eagle-owl.

A glorious sunset in the Mara f 6.3, 1/50, ISO 100 -1

There’s no better way to end the day then with one of our famed Mara sunsets.

The sweetest pup in the Mara f 6.3 1/800, ISO 400 -0.67

Except perhaps with the sweetest jackal pup in all the Mara?

This Week a Year Ago

A bee-eater eyeing out some lunch f 4.5, 1/2500, ISO 320, +0.33

This week a year ago, Adam captured this amazing image of a little bee-eater eyeing a bee. The bee was too large for the bird and actually successfully chased the bird away. 

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About: Jeffrey Thige

Hailing from Nairobi, Jeff’s younger years were spent watching Big Cat Diaries with his mother. Images of wild animals roaming across the savanna inspired Jeff to travel the country, study wildlife management and move into photography. Jeff aims to use his camera to become an ambassador for conservation. He joined Angama Mara as an intern in 2018 and is now employed full time as assistant photographer at the lodge’s Photographic Studio.

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