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This Week At Angama #102

Jeffrey Thige writes about how the rains are back in the Mara and one of the best things about this is that the wet savanna brings wildlife closer to the road making, for some exciting sightings
Dramatic clouds and lighting in the rainy season

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.

Fang and his brother, Short Tail, in the background f 5.6, 1/800, ISO 400 -0.67
The Serena Pride lionesses enjoying a morning snooze f 5.6, 800, ISO 320 -0.67

With the grass growing taller by the day, these lions have become more elusive than usual. This is something for prey to worry about, as they are so well camouflaged. Not too far away, a few hyena were roaming around, and this female was sure to keep an eye on them, ensuring they didn’t get too close for comfort.

Old, blind male buffalo is completely dependent on those around him for his safety f 5.6, 1/100, ISO 1000 -0.33
Perhaps the biggest crocodile in the Mara f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 250 -0.33

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 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.

The enormous crocodile above 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.

A young giraffe poses for the camera f 5.6, 1/3200, ISO 250

I’m always charmed by how beautiful the hairy ossicones of female giraffes are, especially when still young.  

A sooty chat catches a caterpillar f3 1/1250, ISO 25

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. 

Cattle egret hitching a ride on a buffalo f 6.0 1/1250, ISO 320 -0.33
The hammerhead heron, more commonly known as the hamerkop f 6.0, 1/1000, ISO 250 -0.33

This hammerkop 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.

A herd of elephant silhouetted by the sunset f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 400 -0.33
A lone ballanite tree in the midst of a dramatic Mara sunset f 6.0, 1/200, ISO 400 -0.33

Soon after the short heavy rains, we have been awestruck by blissful sunsets. This makes for amazing backlight. 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.

This Week A Year Ago

Photograph by Adam Bannister f 6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500

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. 

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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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