This Week At Angama #101

10 January 2020 | This Week At Angama |

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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

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. [f 5.0 1/5000, ISO 400 -1.33]

Portrait of jackal at sunrise

Observing me as I bent down to capture the shot. [f 5.0 1/5000, ISO 400 -1.33]  

Elephant at sunrise

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. [f 7.1, 1/500, ISO 320 -0.33]


We have had many beautiful mornings this week with golden yellow sunrises. [f 5.0, 5000, ISO 320 -0.67] 

Hot air balloon view

I was excited to join our guests in a hot air balloon this week for a photoshoot.

The views are simply astounding. [f 4.0, 1/800, ISO 500  +0.33]

Black and white landscape

A high contrast black-and-white shot of a giraffe amid the beautiful balanites. Scenes to look forward to every day. [f 5.6, 1/4000, ISO 320  -0.67]


A small hippo pod lazing in the Mara River. [f 5.0, 1/250, ISO 500] 


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. [f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 100  -0.33]

Jackal Pup

Isn’t this just the sweetest jackal pup in the Mara? [f 6.3  1/800, ISO 400 -0.67]

giraffe black and white

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]

snake eagle

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. [f 6.0  1/4000, ISO 320 -1.33]

snake eagle 2

[f 6.0  1/5000, ISO 320 -1.33]

snake eagle 3

[f 6.0  1/4000, ISO 320 -1.33]

snake eagle hunting

[f 6.0  1/5000, ISO 320 -1.33]

Snake eagle with snake

[f 6.0  1/5000, ISO 320 -1.33]

snake eagle hunting success

[f 6.0  1/4000, ISO 320 -1.33]

Pied kingfisher

A pied kingfisher fluttering over a small pool of water; with a fish in its sights. [f 6.3, 1/6400, ISO 100  -0.33]

Pied kingfisher 2

It stays in the air for close to 30 seconds before taking the plunge. [f 6.0, 1/640, ISO 100 -0.33]

Pied kingfisher hover

For a fraction of a second it dips underwater before coming up with a fish in its beak. [f 6.0, 1/1000, ISO 100 -0.33]


A spur-winged plover enjoying a small mudfish on the road. With the rains slowly coming to an end, the pools of water near the roads have started drying up, exposing the fish. [f 6.3, 1/50, ISO 320 -0.33]  


This week also brought a rare sighting; the Verreaux’s eagle-owl. [f 6.3, 1/125, ISO 100 -0.33]


There’s no better way to end the day then with one of our famed Mara sunsets. [f 6.3, 1/50, ISO 100 -1]

This Week a Year Ago 


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. [f 4.5, 1/2500, ISO 320, +0.33]

Photograph by Adam


AUTHOR: 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.

Susan Gamblin
January 10, 2020

Amazingly beautiful photos. Wonderful little jackal , eagle owl and snake eagle.

    Nicky Fitzgerald
    January 12, 2020

    Thank you for your lovely comment, Susan.
    It gives us much joy to share lovely images from the beautiful Mara Triangle every Friday.

    Nicky Fitzgerald
    January 12, 2020

    Thank you Maryanne
    I know Jeff is delighted with your lovely comments

Maryanne Wambui
January 10, 2020

Wooow such beautiful photos o. You can tell the levels of seriousness and love put in capturing them. I love the mara and even more, I love the work of this particular photographer Jeff Thige. Great work.

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