We have an absolute stonker of an entry for you today!
Over 70 images made the cut and we have some unique sequences for you. The Lions and Elephant viewings were particularly strong. The group continues to impress with their passion and tenacity for a good image and with Charles and Patrick at the wheel we are unstoppable!
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Well, off we go! Early start and the light was great! The plains were strangely quiet for once and we decided to promptly park up to make the most of the sunrise. I only rattled off a few as I was helping the guys and gals make the most and dragging bean bags around the place. I always advocate any angle but standing!! On the floor, on the roof; anywhere unusual!
We then decided to head into the main reserve as we knew the Den was likely still populated with the young ones as they hadn\’t been there that long.
We pulled up to find a Buffalo standing up on the ledge having charged in and disrupted the pride. Luckily he wasn\’t agile or adventurous enough to get down the mounds to where the cubs were stashed. All the excitement however was enough for mum to quickly head out and scout the surrounding area, we guessed she was preparing to move the cubs!!
The area was a very tricky to work in. Our vehicles were having to work very near the top of the area which I must say was a fantastic choice of Den on the mother\’s part (the protection from the Buffalo without a confrontation was proof of this!). Here you can see the situation..
And then the moment we had been hoping for! The tiny cubs were being moved for their safety and this of course is mum\’s job..
Mother made her way with the cub into the dense woodland behind. After ensuring they were well hidden and secure she made her way up and out of the gully, beckoning the others to follow her. This unfortunately meant crossing the wider part of the river and whilst some were not too bothered; others clearly wanted to remain dry!
Now we were back up on top we had more options and Patrick and I settled back into our vibe and moved ahead. We new 100% where they were heading and we left the other vehicles to fight amongst themselves and made our way ahead.
I described back our plan to the guys and gals in the back as to why we were driving away from the cats but they were on the exact same page as us and knew exactly what we had in mind…
We said we knew where they were heading and it was here. For a fresh morning drink. As we were first on the scene by a country mile we hooked round for the position.
We decided to leave them be as they were settled in the shade and we made our way over to near the Ol Kiombo airstrip as there were rumors of the Cheetah brothers.
It turned out the kill was the Cheetah\’s after all and the Hyenas had stolen it. The coalition stood a small chance of getting it back and tried gallantly but the Hyenas are just to strong and bold for the delicate runners.
We then found our friend from last year the Leopard Tortoise! I love these guys and always enjoy working with them.
After a return to the camp for lunch, we moved back out and watched these two Elephants squaring off against each other. Not a fight but imposing posturing none the less!
We finally finished up with Fig over the way. We waited for a run up the tree with a kill (Patrick with David and the gang were in a great position from the get go), but a distant Gazelle distracted and by the time the attention was returned to the kill and the light was gone!
And with that we headed back for food and rest!
See you next time! Thanks for making it through, hope you enjoyed looking at my images as much as I did taking them.
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