Narashas two "teenagers" watching the sun set over the Masai Mara together.
A wild african fish eagle going in for a breakfast catch. The lake Naivasha was really flooded when I was there, half the pictures I took from a both show up as being taken on land in Google Maps, but the fish seemed to be thriving with all the new submerged food sources, and so did the people and animals depending on the fish. All the eagles I shot around Naivasha were marked, unfortunately. But I guess I have to concede wildlife preservation is more important than photographic purity ;)
Leopard having a sip by Olare Orok creek in one of the Mara conservancies. I'm beating myself up for not making a note of what guide Gerard said his name was, but I'm pretty sure this is Yellow.
I'm back from another trip to wonderful Kenya a week ago, so expect some new posts soon. This is the wonderful cheetah Narasha in the Mara. The cubs I photographed with her last year still sticks with their mother and hunts with her. Here they are preparing for the night with the sun sneaking in under the cloud cover at *just* the right time :)
Alternate title; "Hey, who farted?!" Since my previous hippo pic seemed to appeal to a lot of people, I thought I'd post another one from that morning. They're a weird bunch, those hippos. Also, really grumpy in the morning...
Samburu is an oryx paradise, apparently. Spent a couple of mornings following a group of Oryx around. I ignored this image for a while, but the other day I was looking though my archive and it suddenly struck me as a decent portrait.
Black-backed jackal trying to crush some particularly hard parts of his dinner, a gazelle calf. He made some pretty amusing expressions in the process :)
She was a little stressed since when we arrived we scared away two young lions who had settled under the tree. They were hoping that either this leopard or her impala carcass that was hanging nearby would fall down in their lap
A Grey-backed fiscal scouting for ants in a nearby anthill
Most people seem to think the big cats are the most dangerous animals they're likely to meet on an east african safari... They're not. Here's one candidate. African buffalo. A brute with a short fuse and a gang mentality. But I like them :)
Two sibling cheetahs relaxing in the shade with their mother. This picture was taken on the way from the landing strip to the camp as I arrived in Masai Mara. I was super excited, and yet I had no idea how much time I'd be spending with this family over the next few days. I think this was the only time they actually seemed to pay much attention to us :)
As a family of baboons settle in the shade near one of the campsites along the Ewaso Ngiro / Uaso Nyiro river in Samburu, some of the youngsters start playing around. Two of them discover the tail of one of the lookout guards is perfect as a combined climbing rope and swing. At no time during their play does the guard as much as twitch or try to send them off, much less take his eyes off his part of the perimeter. Talk about taking your job seriously.
Cleaning each other after dinner, the cheetah Narasha and her two cubs spend time strengthening their bonds.
While one of her two cubs waits impatiently, Narasha suffocates the Thomson's gazelle she just hunted down. This is one of my favorite shots, you can literally see the sun setting in the eyes of the gazelle. What I wouldn't give for that twig not to be there ;)
Long-crested Eagle looking for an evening snack before the sun sets fully over the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Samburu, Kenya. Taken on 24. November, 2012. Photo: Tomas Fjetland
A hippo peeking up from among the water hyacinths to make sure I don't get too close. As if I wasn't already uncomfortable enough :)
Young lion relaxing in the tall grass during the first morning light. We were out in the conservancy before sunrise and found a group of young lions that had broken away from the pride for a while, so we tagged along while we waited for the light :)
A Kirk's dik-dik backlit by the setting sun in Samburu. Probably a shrike of some kind in the background, I forgot to check :)
Oxpecker helping an oryx with the morning grooming