Tag : wildebeest

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.

Wildebeest blur, Serengeti National Park

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

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.

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.

Wildebeest mother and calf, Serengeti National Park

Captions anyone? I think maybe this shot needs a couple of cartoon-like speech bubbles.

Wildebeest, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

A wildebeest strolls by a flock of flamingos on a lake in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.