This Week At Angama #103 - Angama Mara

This Week At Angama #103

24 January 2020 | This Week At Angama |

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It’s been another great week of marvellous sightings with the best that the Mara has to offer.

We caught up with this young male and his two sisters taking a nap right in the middle of the road before taking a walk to find shade. These are from the Owino pride and had wandered very far from their territory to an area where they haven’t been seen before. [f 5.0 1/2500, ISO 320 -0.33]

Lion tails

S is for Simba.

I caught a glimpse of these lions tails spiraling around and aimed to get a more abstract kind of shot and bingo! I captured them in this shape. [f 5.0 1/1250, ISO 320 -0.33]

Hippo carcass

The carcass of a hippo lies in a small pool of rainwater in the Quarry near Serena Lodge. As it is unclear what the cause of death was, we assume the hippo died of old age. [f 6.0, 1/400, ISO 200 -0.67]

Male lion

Guarding the carcass was this big blonde boy and his dark-maned brothers. At first we had thought that these were Scar’s brothers but on further enquiry we discovered that these boys are new to the Mara Triangle. [f 5.6, 1/320, ISO 250  -0.67]

Lion and jackal

This cunning jackal kept sneaking past the lions to grab a bite from the carcass but ever so weary of getting caught. It would not have ended  well for him. [f 5.6, 1/400, ISO 250  -0.67]


Lurking all around the lions and carcass, yet maintaining a safe distance, were close to twenty hyenas. The one pictured above wandered all alone into this group and is seen running away after quite the beating from the rest of the clan. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250  -0.67]

Serval cat

We were fortunate to catch a quick glimpse of this serval cat as it crossed the road and vanished into the long grass. [f 5.0, 1/400, ISO 250]

Zebra calf

I was intrigued to see this baby zebra’s almost entirely black face and could not help but stop to get some shots. Lately, there have been strange skin and fur mutations amongst the Mara zebras. [f 6.0, 1/1320, ISO 250  -0.33]


Dagga boy showing some serious attitude in this detailed portrait. [f 5.6  1/320, ISO 320 -0.33]

Tawny Eagle

A pair of tawny eagles were feeding on the remains of a small animal but there wasn’t sufficient left of the carcass to identify what the prey was. Moments later, two hooded vultures caught the scent and flew in to finish off the scraps. [f 6.3  1/1250, ISO 250]


High key shot of an elephant enjoying his time in the long grass, grazing and swishing his tail around [f 6.0  1/1250, ISO 320 -0.33]

Thicknee Bird

A water thick-nee – my first sighting in the Mara. Such a photogenic little bird. [f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 400 -0.33]

Bird with feather

It was fun watching this stork holding another bird’s feather in its bill, and even fighting over it with some egrets. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250] 


A big male ostrich strutting his stuff across the savanna. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250] 


It’s always enjoyable photographing yellow-throated longclaws, even more so when they let you get really close. [f 6.0, 1/800, ISO 400  -0.67]


Nothing quite like a Mara sunset to finish off a great day of sightings. [f 5.0, 1/2000, ISO 400  -0.67]

This Week a Year Ago


This week a year ago, Scarface re-emerged in the Mara Triangle. Is it possibly a coincidence that he re-emerged this same week after going months without being seen on our side of the river? (I missed getting a picture of him this week as I was not out when he was seen).
[f 6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500]

Photograph by Jeff

Note from the editor

Thank you Jeff for this your last story for our Friday blog. Wishing you every success in your training to become a guide and asante sana for taking care of our guests in the Photography studio.

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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