This Week At Angama #102 - Angama Mara

This Week At Angama #102

17 January 2020 | This Week At Angama |

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The rains are back in the Mara and one of the best things about this is the wet savanna brings wildlife closer to the road making for some exciting sightings

Heavy rain approaches in the evening while the sun rays struggle to peek through. It’s always so serene and scenic when it rains in the park. [f 5.0 1/125, ISO 100 -1]

Male lion

Fang and his brother, Short Tail, in the background. With the grass growing taller by the day, these two have become more elusive than usual. This is something for prey to worry about, as they are so well camouflaged. [f 5.6, 1/800, ISO 400 -0.67 ]

Lionesses

The Serena Pride lionesses enjoying a morning snooze. Not too far away, a few hyena were roaming around, so she was sure to keep an eye on them, ensuring they didn’t get too close for comfort. [f 5.6, 800, ISO 320 -0.67]

Buffalo

This young male buffalo roams around the Little Governor’s camp area with three other male buffalo much older than him who were kicked out of the breeding herd. He is completely blind in both eyes, so is completely dependent on them for security. His visual impairment could be the reason why he could not survive in the big herds. [f 5.6, 1/100, ISO 1000  -0.33]

Crocodile

This must be the biggest crocodile in the Mara. He is easily recognisable by the scars on the tip of his upper jaw. During migration river crossings, we have witnessed him take down some huge zebras all by himself. I was excited to catch him basking on the river bank. [f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 250  -0.33]

Baboon

I have spotted lots of baboons with babies over the past few weeks. Most have been infants, with pink skin and black fur. [f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 250]

Baby giraffe

A young giraffe poses for the camera. I’m always charmed by how beautiful the hairy ossicones of female giraffes are, especially when still young. [f 5.6, 1/3200, ISO 250]  

Zebra

Say ‘Cheese’! [f6.0  1/2000, ISO 320 -0.67]

Sooty chat

I watched for about five minutes as a sooty chat struggled to kill this caterpillar by stepping on it, picking it up with its bill and dropping it against the ground. Eventually it was able to kill and eat the caterpillar [f 6.3  1/1250, ISO 25 

cattle egret

Cattle egret hitching a ride on a buffalo. [f 6.0  1/1250, ISO 320 -0.33]

Hamerkop

The hammerhead heron, more commonly known as the hamerkop. It was on one of its nest-building adventures, collecting dry twigs and grass to build one of the biggest and most impressive nests in the avian world. [f 6.0, 1/1000, ISO 250  -0.33]

Elephants

Soon after the short heavy rains, we have been awestruck by blissful sunsets. This makes for amazing backlight. [f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 400 -0.33]

Landscape

The landscapes have also been magnificent; with blue clouds, the fading bright orange sun and lush green grass complementing each other in the most surreal way. [f 6.0, 1/200, ISO 400 -0.33]

This Week a Year Ago 

Lioness and cub

This week a year ago, Adam captured this amazing image of a lioness with her cub. This is one of the females of the Sausage Tree Pride with three cubs. [f 6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500]

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.

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