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  1. Martha......hold still!! It was the breeding season after all. On this morning and all in close proximity, I counted a tower of 72 Giraffe with the males all having but one thing on their mind. Loisaba- Northern Kenya Camera NIKON D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO 250 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/6.3 Exposure Time 0.001s (1/1000) Mum & newborn symmetry At beautiful first light a mother carefully surveys her surroundings mimicked by her newborn one day old calf. Loisaba- Nth Kenya Camera Nikon D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO160 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.002s (1/500) A tower of strength Crouching low to the ground, I counted over 72 Giraffe in the vicinity of this image, of which just a few are shown here, it was mating season and all the males and females had come together to select their partners. What a morning to winess this beautiful spectacle. Loisaba- Northern Kenya Camera NIKON D810 Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ISO200 Focal Length 28.0 mm (28.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/16 Exposure Time 0.01s (1/100) The tower of love! Check out the size difference!! That's a lotta weight this young female has to support. Loisaba district- Northern Kenya Camera NIKON D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO160 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/6.3 Exposure Time 0.001s (1/1000) One day old. I love the confident look this 1 day old baby giraffe is giving me, legs splayed and a nice tail swoosh! Laikipia region- Northern Kenya Camera NIKON D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO220 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.002s (1/500) Giraffe dawn. Kusini plains/Serengeti- TZ Camera NIKON D4 Lens 80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 ISO6400 Focal Length 320.0 mm (320.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.1s (1/10) Standing vigilant before a lion pride that had just gorged themselves over a buffalo kill. Hwange NP- ZIM Camera NIKON D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO800 Focal Length 320.0 mm (320.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/10 Exposure Time 0.00063s (1/1600) Cheers Marc
  2. Yes very early and very lucky indeed and you made the most of it, this was unusual for sure, but I'm finding that over the last decade normal migration patterns have been far from "normal"
  3. Just catching this now Hari, well done, particularly the lighting conditions/clear skies. ....food for thought for next year perhaps and in complete contrast to my very, very quiet Mana & Hwange at the same time. Good to see Kusini with some grass after the desert like drought conditions just a few months before. Cheers Marc
  4. Lioness sunrise A lioness sits and contemplates another beautiful sunrise, captured whilst lying underneath my vehicle. Laikipia- Northern Kenya. Camera Nikon D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO 100 Focal Length 130.0 mm (130.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/9 Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250) Ele generational procession. Leading the procession we have the bull, then an adult female and her older daughter and young mischievous son complete with trunk in the air! Above the bull are a trio of squabbling Anteater Chat. This gives a good indication as to the size of a mature bull to a mature female, a massive difference! It took over an hour and a lot of patience to capture all four progressively sized with clear separation and to a wonderful late afternoon sky, what a joy to witness! Laikipia- Kenya Camera Nikon D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO 180 Focal Length 116.0 mm (116.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.001s (1/1000) Lions in the sky 4 females and 1 cub from the Wapuka pride come down to drink. In attempting to capture the reflective atmosphere and avoid 'just another sunset' image, I flipped the shot to show the animals the right way up, creating an intriguing scene. Selinda- Botswana. Camera Nikon D4 Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR ISO 12800 Focal Length 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/4 Exposure Time 0.0025s (1/400) Leaping lechwe A small harem of Red Lechwe leap across a stream to reach the male, one early dawn. Kwando, Botswana. Camera Nikon D4S Lens 400.0 mm f/2.8 ISO250 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/4 Exposure Time 0.00063s (1/1600) Beam me up! A bull elephant soaks up the beautiful beams of sunlight that ranged across the plains of Loisaba this late afternoon. Loisaba- Northern Kenya. Camera Nikon D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO500 Focal Length 120.0 mm (120.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/7.1 Exposure Time 0.0005s (1/2000) Rhino face-off Loisaba- Northern Kenya Camera Nikon NIKON D5 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO1250 Focal Length 98.0 mm (98.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.00125s (1/800) Baobab lineup. Ruaha NP-TZ Camera Nikon D810 Lens 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 ISO250 Focal Length 70.0 mm (70.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/8 Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250) Kopje king The dominant male from the Kusini Kopje pride stands upon his kingdom and surveys the dawn horizon. Kusini plains/Serengeti- Nth Tanzania. Camera Nikon D4 Lens AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ISO1600 Focal Length 210.0 mm (210.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.00025s (1/4000) Waterhole sky Cropping for just the waterhole reflection and flipping the image to create more than just another waterhole sunset. K2 waterhole, Hwange NP- Zimbabwe. Camera Nikon D810 Lens AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ISO720 Focal Length 24.0 mm (24.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/9 Exposure Time 0.00156s (1/640 Triple header! Kusini plains/Serengeti- TZ Camera Nikon NIKON D4S Lens AF-S VR Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED ISO3200 Focal Length 500.0 mm (500.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/4 Exposure Time 0.025s (1/40) Cheers Marc
  5. Young buck. Ruaha NP/TZ Camera Nikon D5 Lens Nikkor 400 f/2.8E FL VR ISO 500 Focal Length 400.0 mm (400.0 mm in 35mm) Aperture f/5.6 Exposure Time 0.0008s (1/1250)
  6. For sure BushDog
  7. RIP- Furaha, the Queen of Ruaha This is the last image captured (12 hrs before her death) of a very special leopardess named Furaha which means Joy in Swahili. Lorenzo my guide and I stayed with Furaha for 7hrs (on the 29th Oct) and due to curfew had to leave her @ 7pm, there was clearly something wrong with her, but the change in her demeaner started only around 5pm, she was vomiting and disoriented, it was very sudden, and we had hoped she might improve by the morning. We drove back to where we left here first thing next morning, just beside her favourite tree to find her body, we both broke down and cried that this beautiful creature was now gone.......so terribly sad. It appeared she died sometime before midnight. An autopsy by the vet from TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority) whom we called straight away, was carried out that morning which revealed that she was NOT poisoned nor bitten by a snake or a victim of anthrax, which were our main concerns, nor had she recently given birth, which had been another concern as she appeared to be lactating, her thin body initially gave us that impression, so there was some small comfort that there were no cubs lost as well. Results of her death are still not fully known, other than her lungs, kidneys & liver had been damaged, a respiratory collapse the result. Her legacy will live on through her wonderful son Moyo who has inherited her wonderful spirit and relaxed disposition. Over the period of my last 11 days in Ruaha, things were not quite the same.........something was gone. It was hard to drive past her tree and not get emotional. We have both known her nearly all of her oh so short 6½ year life. She was probably the most relaxed and coolest leopard I've ever had the privilege to know. The actual cause of death will never be really known due to TANAPA's limited resources, but it can almost be said it was a from natural causes. Only the good die young...........RIP Furaha, the Queen of Ruaha. Furaha in happier times: Taking the trunk route Sunrise gazing Any leopards around?? Cheers Marc
  8. I'm tending now to agree with Egilio.........this 2nd image puts things in a slightly different perspective, and it does appear to be closer to 12 than 24 mths @@johnweir However, without a really detailed close up of the face on both sub adults for spot/whisker marks/facial comparison, one can never be 100% certain.
  9. Good to see you enjoyed Ruaha Hari. Sadly the once common cheetah have suffered quite badly in the last 2 years in Ruaha, a confirmed poisoning of 2 last year has certainly not helped the situation. One benefit of low cheetah numbers has been the increased sightings of wild dog, of which I had many days tracking them. I have spent 36 nights here this year alone, 16 in January's superb green season and 20 this late Oct, through Nov (with an off-road permit) and in all that time I had one very brief sighting of a running away cheetah. So for the foreseeable future there's very little of a 50-50 chance I'm afraid. Don't get me wrong, Ruaha is still one of my favourite areas, alongside SLNP and cheetah will return and they are there, (evidenced by a few impala carcasses that had obvious signs of very recent cheetah predation) but at this stage they are extremely skittish when found. For my cheetah fix, I'm returning to Ndutu for Gnu calving season late Jan and thank god this is still very much a cheetah stronghold. Cheers Marc
  10. Have recently returned from another wonderful 3 weeks in Ruaha and was very fortunate to be granted an off road permit and a working assignment with TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks Authority). An alarm call by a pair of Black-backed Jackals led us to this young male leopard that had just killed one of it's older pups. Quite a rare sighting, a mature male lion had just arrived on the scene forcing the leopard to quickly snatch the jackal and attempt to secure his prize higher up the sausage tree, a special treat indeed. All images from Ruaha Nat Park- Tanzania. Leopard takes a jackel pup. Nikon D5 Nikkor 400 f/2.8E FL VR 1/1000s f/5 ISO 1100 Leopard in early dappled light. Nikon D500 Nikkor 80-400 AF-S 1/800s f/5.6 ISO 1000@ 400mm. Soulful eyes. Nikon D500 Nikkor 80-400 AF-S 1/1000s f/5.6 ISO 1800@ 400mm. Nikon D500 Nikkor 80-400 AF-S 1/800s f/5.6 ISO 900@ 135mm. Cheers Marc
  11. I would concur with your age approximation of being close to 2 years John, although this is never easy without a more detailed image, whether male/female (looks a male to me) and seeing it in the flesh. My images below are of a male, both of which my guide and I assessed at around 2 years. Cheers Marc
  12. Lions in the sky On a recent trip to Selinda/Botswana I was most fortunate to capture a very special moment showing 4 females and 1 cub from the Wapuka pride coming down to drink. In attempting to capture the reflective atmosphere and avoid 'just another sunset' image, I flipped the shot to show the animals the right way up, creating an intriguing scene. Lion reflections/silhouettes in water are certainly nothing new, however to have all five with clear separation was just a dream come true! Being ultra picky, I would have loved the head of the leading lioness clear, but the phrase....never look a gift horse in the mouth comes to mind. I've been very lucky to have some commercial success with numerous magazine & newspaper publications, finalist in BBC WWPOTY & Nature's Best (US & RSA) with this image also taking out 3rd place in the Mammals category in Europe's Oasis Nature Competition recently with over 22000 entries from 62 countries, so truly an honour! Selinda- Botswana. Nikon D4s Nikkor 70-200f/4 1/400s f/4 ISO12800@70mm. Bean bag, front pax seat, apart from cropping out the upper sky portion, this image has had minimal processing, with just a simply change of WB warmth and darkening the darks, ACR & PS 'CC 15. The alpha lioness leads the way for another hunting session. Cheers Marc
  13. Storm front - Serengeti style Whilst wildebeest graze nonchalantly, a massive storm front is about to unleash itself on the open plains of Ndutu- Serengeti. Nikon D700 Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 1/320s f/16 ISO800@ 24mm.
  14. As good as that lens is Andy, the OP Janzin is a Nikon owner
  15. Put it this way there is no way I would pay $7K for the 200-400 f/4 these days in light of the 200-500, I paid new for my 200-400 VRI around $4800, and yes it's true there's no doubt the 200-500 represents great value. I've been using the Kinesis Safari sack 4.2, for nearly 10 yrs now .

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