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Morning Stroll
Morning Stroll

A male lion following behind 2 females in an effort to defend their home range from another pride. 

Up Close and Personal
Up Close and Personal

A female Ele who wanted to get a closer look at my camera. 

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Dazzling
Dazzling

fEB 2017 (Lamai area) Tanzania: a dazzle of zebra graze near Lamai

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Playing with Light
Playing with Light

Nature, a 7-8 year old male leopard contemplates his next move.

May I..
May I..

A mating pair near Lamai 

The Hunt
The Hunt

A female cheetah returning to her 2 cubs after an unsuccessful hunt near the Kenyan and Tanzania border. 

Tango and Whiskey
Tango and Whiskey

Tango from the brother duo Tango and Whiskey who are often found near the Kenyan / Tanzania border. 

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Simba
Simba

Feb 2017 (Kogatenda area) Tanzania: A male stops briefly to drink water from a feeder creek to the Mara before joining the rest of the pride

To Steal a Zebra
To Steal a Zebra

A male from the pride of 19+ near the Lamai area fending off the rest of the pride as he attempts to steal the zebra the females of the pride killed earlier. He eventually got the zeebra away from the rest of the pride and carried it to a nearby tree but not before a struggle with a few females and older cubs and having it later taken back by the cubs.

To Steal a Zebra
To Steal a Zebra

a male from the pride of 19+ during the battle of the zebra this a.m. He eventually got the zebra away from the rest of the pride and carried it to a nearby tree but not before a struggle with a few females and older cubs and having it later taken back by the cubs. The female that you see in the pic with missing tail was injured a few days again what was believed to be a fight with the same pride that they were defending the home range against earlier today when we came across them. The wound seems to healing now and looks much better than when we saw her yesterday. No doubt that she's in pain but so good to see her stronger today. By the way, yes this pic is gruesome but it's a true reflection of nature. I normally try to crop or blur the gore in camera but in this case it wasn't possible.

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The Great Escape
The Great Escape

After the scuffle he carried the zebra to nearby fig tree where the younger cubs followed and eventually succeeded in taking it back.

The Stand-off
The Stand-off

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  The younger cubs of the pride move in and take a stand against the male and eventually steal the zebra back. 

King for the day
King for the day

A mating pair nicknamed King and Queen

A Friend from the Past
A Friend from the Past

Nature, a 7 -8 year old male leopard that seems to appear every time I'm in the area. 

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Late in the Afternoon
Late in the Afternoon

An older female leopard, maybe 6-7 y/o out for an evening hunt to feed her small cubs

Good Night Moon
Good Night Moon

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  2 females from the pride of 19+ rest atop a Kopje in the early morning hours with the moon in the background.  

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The Meet Up
The Meet Up

Feb 2017. A mom and her 2 cubs regroup after an unsuccessful hunt near the Kenyan/Tanzania border.

 Jan 2017, Serengeti (Kogo area) A young lion sits atop a Kopje after a much needed rain storm.

Jan 2017, Serengeti (Kogo area) A young lion sits atop a Kopje after a much needed rain storm.

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The Curious One
The Curious One

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ: A young female comes close to check out our vehicle. The white in the corner of her eye is an indication of good health.

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All Bones and No Meat
All Bones and No Meat

A big male from the pride of 19 + finishes a zebra 

He who Blinks First
He who Blinks First

This is not the best pic but the story behind it deserves a post. The other day I posted a pic and wrote about being stared down by a lion. Today, I learned the difference between a stare down and a real stare down. Earlier today we spotted another mating pair from a pride of 19+. As we approached the male turned up his lip a bit and it was evident he was in a hyper mood. We watched them mate, from a safe distance a few times, and the female at times would run from him and 5 minutes later the show would start again. During one session the female walked toward our jeep with him walking aside her. Instead of turning they continued coming directly at the jeep with his eyes locked directly on us. I was mesmirized until friend/guide mumbled "Oh - this is NOT going to be fun" at which time I immidiatly put my camera down, stopped breathing and literally froze - careful not to move an inch. This is the last pic I got off before I put the cam down. He continued coming at us - lips flared and eyes locked on directly on us. Then at the very last moment the female turned and he blinked and all was cool again. Later, my friend explained that we were always 100% safe however if he had not blinked at the moment he did he most likely would have stopped at the jeep and roared at us. The take away - never blink first although I would enjoyed the roar (I think:-)

No more Pics
No more Pics

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ: Nature, a 7-8 male leopard comes down from the tree to roll near our jeep.

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Dazzled
Dazzled

A dazzle of zebras that we're spooked as we approached. 

Into the Sun
Into the Sun

Feb 2017 (Kogatenda area) Tanzania. A view from behind the camera while shooting directly into the morning sun.

Nature
Nature

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  Nature, with his catch from earlier that morning - a sick zebra.  Leopards usually do not take down zebras b/c of their size but in the case the zebra was ill making it easy prey.  Nature dined on the zebra that morning and early evening before the hyenas moved in and stole it from him. Before day break there was no sign of the zebra as the hyena, vultures and other scav's took everything, including the bones. 

A blessing of the Rains
A blessing of the Rains

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  A herd of antelope play on the ridge just before a storm blows in to brings some much needed rain to the western Serengeti.

Across the Plains
Across the Plains

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ: A female cheetah makes her way across the short grass plains of the western Serengeti while zebra graze in the background

Three's Company. Fours a Crowd
Three's Company. Fours a Crowd

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ:  a female cheetah spooked by some rangers on foot conducting patrol runs into a dazzle of zebra on the western short grass plains of the Serengeti

Caught in the Middle
Caught in the Middle

A rhino who got caught between 2 prides of lions during a defending of the home range. 

Waiting
Waiting

Feb 2017. A young cheetah waits for its mom to complete a hunt near the kenyan/tanzania border

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Cheetah Hunt
Cheetah Hunt

Serengeti (Lamai Area) Novermber 2016, A female cheetah that we watched for 3.5 hours while she brilliantly evaded a troop of baboons and stalked a antelope family before she captured this baby antelope. 

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Female Leopard
Female Leopard

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - A female leopard who had just finished mating takes a seat in front of jeep

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From down low
From down low

Serengeti (Lamai) An elephant photographed from down low

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Mating Pair
Mating Pair

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a pair of mating lions after the mate.

Mating Pair
Mating Pair

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a pair of mating lions after the mate.

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Lion Play
Lion Play

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a mom plays with her young cubs near camp.

Leopard Climb
Leopard Climb

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a female leopard takes to the tree after a mate with her boyfriend

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Migration
Migration

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a small herd of maybe 250 wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river.  

Migration
Migration

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a 2nd crossing of 150 wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river.  

 Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a 3rd crossing of about 8000 +  wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river - only one is taken by crocs.  

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a 3rd crossing of about 8000 +  wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river - only one is taken by crocs.  

Migration: Mara River Crossing
Migration: Mara River Crossing

Serengeti (Lamai area) About 8000 + wildebeest and zebra crossed the river on this day and all survived but this one who was take by a giant Nile Croc

MARA River Crossing
MARA River Crossing

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 

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Lion
Lion

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016, A lion shakes the flies off his his face after a mating session

Oxpecker
Oxpecker

Serengeti (Lamai area) Tanzania, Two oxpeckers groom a Cape Buffalo

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Hyena Mud Bath
Hyena Mud Bath
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Morning Stroll
Up Close and Personal
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Dazzling
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Playing with Light
May I..
The Hunt
Tango and Whiskey
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Simba
To Steal a Zebra
To Steal a Zebra
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The Great Escape
The Stand-off
King for the day
A Friend from the Past
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Late in the Afternoon
Good Night Moon
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The Meet Up
 Jan 2017, Serengeti (Kogo area) A young lion sits atop a Kopje after a much needed rain storm.
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The Curious One
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All Bones and No Meat
He who Blinks First
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Dazzled
Into the Sun
Nature
A blessing of the Rains
Across the Plains
Three's Company. Fours a Crowd
Caught in the Middle
Waiting
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Cheetah Hunt
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From down low
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Mating Pair
Mating Pair
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Lion Play
Leopard Climb
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Migration
Migration
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Migration: Mara River Crossing
MARA River Crossing
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Hyena Mud Bath
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Morning Stroll

A male lion following behind 2 females in an effort to defend their home range from another pride. 

Up Close and Personal

A female Ele who wanted to get a closer look at my camera. 

Dazzling

fEB 2017 (Lamai area) Tanzania: a dazzle of zebra graze near Lamai

Playing with Light

Nature, a 7-8 year old male leopard contemplates his next move.

May I..

A mating pair near Lamai 

The Hunt

A female cheetah returning to her 2 cubs after an unsuccessful hunt near the Kenyan and Tanzania border. 

Tango and Whiskey

Tango from the brother duo Tango and Whiskey who are often found near the Kenyan / Tanzania border. 

Simba

Feb 2017 (Kogatenda area) Tanzania: A male stops briefly to drink water from a feeder creek to the Mara before joining the rest of the pride

To Steal a Zebra

A male from the pride of 19+ near the Lamai area fending off the rest of the pride as he attempts to steal the zebra the females of the pride killed earlier. He eventually got the zeebra away from the rest of the pride and carried it to a nearby tree but not before a struggle with a few females and older cubs and having it later taken back by the cubs.

To Steal a Zebra

a male from the pride of 19+ during the battle of the zebra this a.m. He eventually got the zebra away from the rest of the pride and carried it to a nearby tree but not before a struggle with a few females and older cubs and having it later taken back by the cubs. The female that you see in the pic with missing tail was injured a few days again what was believed to be a fight with the same pride that they were defending the home range against earlier today when we came across them. The wound seems to healing now and looks much better than when we saw her yesterday. No doubt that she's in pain but so good to see her stronger today. By the way, yes this pic is gruesome but it's a true reflection of nature. I normally try to crop or blur the gore in camera but in this case it wasn't possible.

The Great Escape

After the scuffle he carried the zebra to nearby fig tree where the younger cubs followed and eventually succeeded in taking it back.

The Stand-off

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  The younger cubs of the pride move in and take a stand against the male and eventually steal the zebra back. 

King for the day

A mating pair nicknamed King and Queen

A Friend from the Past

Nature, a 7 -8 year old male leopard that seems to appear every time I'm in the area. 

Late in the Afternoon

An older female leopard, maybe 6-7 y/o out for an evening hunt to feed her small cubs

Good Night Moon

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  2 females from the pride of 19+ rest atop a Kopje in the early morning hours with the moon in the background.  

The Meet Up

Feb 2017. A mom and her 2 cubs regroup after an unsuccessful hunt near the Kenyan/Tanzania border.

Jan 2017, Serengeti (Kogo area) A young lion sits atop a Kopje after a much needed rain storm.

The Curious One

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ: A young female comes close to check out our vehicle. The white in the corner of her eye is an indication of good health.

All Bones and No Meat

A big male from the pride of 19 + finishes a zebra 

He who Blinks First

This is not the best pic but the story behind it deserves a post. The other day I posted a pic and wrote about being stared down by a lion. Today, I learned the difference between a stare down and a real stare down. Earlier today we spotted another mating pair from a pride of 19+. As we approached the male turned up his lip a bit and it was evident he was in a hyper mood. We watched them mate, from a safe distance a few times, and the female at times would run from him and 5 minutes later the show would start again. During one session the female walked toward our jeep with him walking aside her. Instead of turning they continued coming directly at the jeep with his eyes locked directly on us. I was mesmirized until friend/guide mumbled "Oh - this is NOT going to be fun" at which time I immidiatly put my camera down, stopped breathing and literally froze - careful not to move an inch. This is the last pic I got off before I put the cam down. He continued coming at us - lips flared and eyes locked on directly on us. Then at the very last moment the female turned and he blinked and all was cool again. Later, my friend explained that we were always 100% safe however if he had not blinked at the moment he did he most likely would have stopped at the jeep and roared at us. The take away - never blink first although I would enjoyed the roar (I think:-)

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Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ: Nature, a 7-8 male leopard comes down from the tree to roll near our jeep.

Dazzled

A dazzle of zebras that we're spooked as we approached. 

Into the Sun

Feb 2017 (Kogatenda area) Tanzania. A view from behind the camera while shooting directly into the morning sun.

Nature

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  Nature, with his catch from earlier that morning - a sick zebra.  Leopards usually do not take down zebras b/c of their size but in the case the zebra was ill making it easy prey.  Nature dined on the zebra that morning and early evening before the hyenas moved in and stole it from him. Before day break there was no sign of the zebra as the hyena, vultures and other scav's took everything, including the bones. 

A blessing of the Rains

Feb 2017 (Koga area) TZ:  A herd of antelope play on the ridge just before a storm blows in to brings some much needed rain to the western Serengeti.

Across the Plains

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ: A female cheetah makes her way across the short grass plains of the western Serengeti while zebra graze in the background

Three's Company. Fours a Crowd

Feb 2017 (Lamai area) TZ:  a female cheetah spooked by some rangers on foot conducting patrol runs into a dazzle of zebra on the western short grass plains of the Serengeti

Caught in the Middle

A rhino who got caught between 2 prides of lions during a defending of the home range. 

Waiting

Feb 2017. A young cheetah waits for its mom to complete a hunt near the kenyan/tanzania border

Cheetah Hunt

Serengeti (Lamai Area) Novermber 2016, A female cheetah that we watched for 3.5 hours while she brilliantly evaded a troop of baboons and stalked a antelope family before she captured this baby antelope. 

Female Leopard

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - A female leopard who had just finished mating takes a seat in front of jeep

From down low

Serengeti (Lamai) An elephant photographed from down low

Mating Pair

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a pair of mating lions after the mate.

Mating Pair

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a pair of mating lions after the mate.

Lion Play

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a mom plays with her young cubs near camp.

Leopard Climb

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a female leopard takes to the tree after a mate with her boyfriend

Migration

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a small herd of maybe 250 wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river.  

Migration

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a 2nd crossing of 150 wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river.  

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 - a 3rd crossing of about 8000 +  wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river - only one is taken by crocs.  

Migration: Mara River Crossing

Serengeti (Lamai area) About 8000 + wildebeest and zebra crossed the river on this day and all survived but this one who was take by a giant Nile Croc

MARA River Crossing

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016 

Lion

Serengeti (Lamai area) November 2016, A lion shakes the flies off his his face after a mating session

Oxpecker

Serengeti (Lamai area) Tanzania, Two oxpeckers groom a Cape Buffalo

Hyena Mud Bath
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