This Week At Angama #112 - Angama Mara

This Week At Angama #112

27 March 2020 | This Week At Angama |

Reading Time: 5 MINUTES

From the mighty to the minute and from calm to chaotic, my first few weeks at Angama Mara have been nothing short of spectacular

I’ve had the mixed fortune of being in the Mara at a time when almost everything is shutting down. It has meant daily game drives and far less studio time, save for photo and video editing. It has also meant a great deal of waiting – waiting on news from around the world; waiting to be rescued when we got stuck in a muddy hole; waiting for some exciting predator action around a hippo carcass. But the Mara has a way of rewarding one’s patience. [f 6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.33]

Hippo carcass
When we first caught sight of this hippo we weren’t sure what had caused him to collapse – it’s been incredible to witness how his misfortune has been a boon for hungry predators in the area. [f 7.1, 1/80, ISO 250, -0.33]

Lioness biting hippo
This fortunate – and perhaps slightly greedy – lioness had the hippo carcass to herself after chasing away the first hyena that spotted it. [f 7.1, 1/500, ISO 250, 0.0]

Lioness Lick With Paw on Hippo Carcass
We expected that she would call her pride to join her but she appeared to have no such intention as she happily gorged herself. [f 7.1, 1/640, ISO 250, 0.0]

Lioness In Tree With Buffalo
But not every lion was having the same kind of luck, as a herd of irate buffalo chased one lioness up a tree with her male companion bolting into the distance as quickly as his legs could carry him. [f 5.6, 1/1600, ISO 250, 0.0]

Lion In Grass
Once the buffalo felt satisfied that they had made their point, they moved off and the male returned, trying his best to look unperturbed. [f 7.1, 1/800, ISO 250, 0.0]

Lioness in tree
The lioness was unsure as to whether it was safe to climb down but she eventually did, ending one of the most exciting experiences of my short time here at Angama Mara. [f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 250, 0.0]

Jackal in grass
Jackals are fast becoming one of my favourite animals to see and I’m constantly on the lookout for them as they dart furtively through the long grass. [f 6.3, 1/800, ISO 1600, +0.33]

Scratching jackal
They have also been a source of some unexpectedly amusing facial expressions. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250, 0.0]

Hyena Ballet Pose
This hyena went in a different direction, instead offering up an uncharacteristically poised stance before returning to its trademark shamble. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, +0.33]

Silhouette of Black-Chested Snake Eagle in Tree
The Mara has no shortage of birds, such as this black-chested snake eagle surveying the land at sunrise. [f 6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320, -0.33]

Lilac Breasted Roller
Each safari is an opportunity to become familiar with their myriad calls, colours and characteristics. The eye-catching lilac breasted roller is unofficially considered to be the national bird of Kenya. [f 8.0, 1/500, ISO 200, 0.0]

Pale Chanting Goshawk
A pale chanting goshawk is striking against the clear blue Mara sky. [f 7.1, 1/1000, ISO 250, 0.0]

Ruppell’s Starling With Frog
A Ruppell’s starling enjoys a froggy breakfast. [f 6.3, 1/250, ISO 320, -0.33]

Egyptian Geese Drinking
Cleaning one’s feathers and soaking up the sun is thirsty work for these Egyptian geese. [f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 320, 0.0]

Little bee eater
A little bee-eater keeps a sharp eye out, flitting here and there to catch insects as they buzz past. [f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 250, -0.67]

Open Billed Stork landing
It’s hard to make a graceful landing the larger you are, but the open billed stork makes it look effortless. [f 5.0, 1/2500, ISO 320, 0.0]

Barn Swallows Flying Around Tree
The Mara is one stop out of several for these barn swallows on their way to Europe from South Africa. [f 7.1, 1/1600, ISO 250, 0.0]

Common Bulbul
A common bulbul shows off what it, I’m assuming, felt was its best side. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250, -0.67]

Dung beetle Rolling Dung H
He may be tiny but this hard working rolling dung beetle successfully pushed this ball to the perfect spot with lots of supervision (and nothing else) offered by his partner. [f 8.0, 1/250, ISO 200, 0.0]

Silhoutte of Angama Car By Tree
If you’re going to run into trouble, you might as well be in a picturesque setting. [f 511, 1/125, ISO 100, 0.0]


rosy breasted longclawPhotograph by Adam Bannister

Two years ago the Angama Mara team was preparing to participate in the Maasai Mara Birding Big Day and one of the highlights was this rosy-breasted long claw. Though I’m new to birding, I’m excited to see my bird knowledge grow.
[f 5.0, 1/640, ISO 250]

AUTHOR: Mwikali Ndambo

From writing to chocolate making – Mwikali is happiest when using her creativity and working with her hands. Photography gives her the chance to do both in order to tell and share stories of the world around her as she assists in hosting the Angama Photographic Studio.

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