Life and death on the river.

Life and death on the river.

Thousands of wildebeest cross the Mara River in the Serengeti National Park as part of the annual migration, not all survive. Such is the mad scramble to cross that some animals are injured and/or drown in the attempt.

Cheetah in long grass. Serengeti National Park.

A cheetah watched intently, unseen by the wildebeest as they ran by. We watched as he stalked through the grass, creeping up on the herd, but then decided not to try and attack them.

Late afternoon, Zebras, Tarangire National Park

Late in the day, and the light is low. The flock moves on, but one curious zebra stops to look back, whilst overhead weaver bird nests hang from the branches

Wildebeest blur, Serengeti National Park

By slowing the shutter speed down,  the background and the surrounding grasses were registered as a blur.  

Digital imaging detail and resolution.

Check out the strand of spider’s web that the gazelle was picked up between it’s horns and the, moving, fly that’s buzzing around it’s ear! Detail which in the days of 35mm film would have been impossible.

Making it to higher ground

a wildebeest calf, having successfully crossed the Mara River, climbing to the top of the steep river bank where he will now need to locate his mother amid the confusion. The mother and calf locating each other is critical as the calf cannot survive on its own and no other wildebeest is likely to “adopt” a stray.

Fischer’s Lovebird, Serengeti National Park

native to east-central Africa, south, and southeast of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania the bird’s range varies with conditions, in drought years some birds move west into Rwanda, and Burundi seeking moister conditions.

Wildebeest, Crossing the Mara River

The critical point of the annual wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River.   Predators,  notably crocodiles,  gather at crossing points and await their prey.

Calling out to the morning

This photo was taken early morning whilst on safari in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and illustrates the value of looking over your shoulder when taking wildlife photos.

Cape Buffalo, with “freeloaders”

This animal was one of a huge herd, numbering probably in excess of 300 individuals, was covered in yellow-billed oxpecker birds.