African Simba

The African lion as most of know is the king of the savannah. I have done numerous safari trips, but never got a photographic sight as per my imagination. I was lucky to spot that dream shot during a recent trip to Masai Mara where during a morning game drive, saw this majestic samba sitting over an ant hill basking in the morning light . His mane was swaying in the gentle breeze and the pride on his face was a sight to remember.

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Aerial view

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Cat in motion

This leopard was on a hunt as it zoomed past our safari vehicle during one of the Masai Mara safari…It was in the early morning before sunrise. I decided to take a panning shot and what image came out was this beautiful big cat walking.

Bon appetite

Cheetahs are usually very alert while having their meal, unlike the lions who don’t bother about anyone around and finish off their food at one go. This picture was taken at one such moment when this cheetah was looking around if there are any threats from other cats while her siblings were masticating their meal.

Cheetah portrait

Have a great week ahead…Looking straight into the camera..The cheetah was at my arm’s length distance in Masai Mara, Kenya..When he looked at me(the camera), i was frozen but took an instant click to preserve this moment…

Impala staring

Males are known as rams, while females are referred to as ewes and have no horns. Male impalas have Lyre-shaped and ringed horns, up to 75cm long. The male’s horns can take many years to reach full length, which is why young animals are unlikely to establish a dominant position and breeding territory.

Majestic yawn

That is what is called a majestic yawn!!!! The tongue is so large hiding the canine teeth…

Scent Marking

1N2A1557 Good Morning…Scent marking by lions plays an important role in territorial advertising. Male lions will back up against some convenient vegetation and eject squirts and spray of pungent smelling urine against the foliage. The strong odour has a lingering quality which can be detected even by humans with a relatively poorly developed sense of smell, many hours later. Hidden within the liquid urine is an amazing array of chemical compounds which in peculiar and specific arrangement convey much information interpreted and understood only by other members of the same species

Survival of the fittest

Hello bloggers, I am back after my Kenyan safari to Amboseli and Masai Mara with lots of stories and pictures. Today am going to post some of my pictures on the wildebeest crossing in Masai Mara river.This was the ultimate spectacle which I witnessed during this year’s Masai Mara visit. Estimated around 30000 wildebeest, they chose the most difficult crossing point (around 8 metres in height) where they had to jump,swim and cross the river. The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Maasai Mara is a natural cycle that replenishes and renews the grasslands of East Africa. The sight of the wildebeest is staggering- a continuous charging mass that stretches from one horizon to the other this endless grey river of life is mottled with black and white as zebras join the throng. What I saw was a complete pandemonium , traumatic and dramatic. The wildebeest slowly gathered near the Mara river for an hour. As you can see the pressure building up. And there was push, jump, and crossing. Some were injured , yet some managed to join the others. The aftermath was the carcass floating in the river. Those who were weak didn’t survive. 1N2A9824 1N2A9857 1N2A0016 1N2A0204 1N2A0050 1N2A0243 1N2A01881N2A0638

Magical Masai Mara

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Good morning friends…My Kenyan safari starts from tomorrow for a week…I was reminded of the last year Mara trip and thought of posting this today….The action packed Mara is always full of surprises….Am on a safari to Amboseli NP and Masai Mara for a week. So see you all with lots more wildlife pics soon.

We are a family

The elephants have immense determination and loyalty – always standing up for others and always defending members of the group in its natural habitat.This shot was taken at Masai Mara ,Kenya

Paired Cheetah

The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah is a marvel of evolution. The cheetah’s slender, long-legged body is built for speed. Cheetahs are tan in color with black spots all over their bodies. They can also be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive “tear stripes” that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose. Cheetahs eat mainly gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas and smaller hoofed animals.Found mostly in open and partially open savannah, cheetahs rely on tall grasses for camouflage when hunting. They are diurnal (more active in the day) animals and hunt mostly during the late morning or early evening. Only half of the chases, which last from 20 – 60 seconds, are successful. This photo was taken at Masai Mara,kenya

Scavengers

This is Rupell’s Vulture.Do you know-it is actually scavengers – not predators – that eat the majority of meat available in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.By consuming dead animals, scavengers play a key role in the environment by preventing disease outbreaks and recycling nutrients.

Interesting facts about Big5 animals of East Africa

The big five animals include lion, elephant, Rhino, Cape buffalo and the leopard. Let us read some interesting facts about these animals. Lion Known as the only truly social cats, lions live a nomadic lifestyle in groups called prides, with a pack mentality that is usually led by the females. Lions’ bodies are built for hunting: They are strong and compact, with strong forelimbs and jaws that help them bring down their prey. Females stay in their mother’s prides their entire lives, unless food shortage forces the pride to fracture. Males, however, are forced out of their pride when they are old enough to compete with the dominant males. Male lions will roam in groups, usually made up of related individuals, and search for prides to take over. Males typically only live in a pride for two to three years before being forced out by another group. A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away. Lions have no specific habitat preference so you could expect to see them anywhere during your bush trip. But they are territorial. When you spot these African animals resting in some shade, you will see them enjoying good fellowship with lots of – touching, head rubbing, licking and purring. Leopard The largest cat species that climbs trees regularly, leopards can drag prey weighing up to three times their own body weight up into trees over 20 feet (6 meters) tall and they can hunt from trees. Leopards are not only comfortable in water, they are in fact strong swimmers that sometimes eat fish and even crabs. This beautiful, elegant, and powerfully built African animal has a tawny coat, which is covered with dark, irregular circles called rosettes. This shrewdest of the large carnivores is a prize encounter on all game drives. Dense bush in rocky surroundings and riverine forest are their favorite habitats. The spotted coat provides almost perfect camouflage when they rest during the daytime in trees or thick bush. Both lions and hyenas will take away the kill if they can. To prevent this, leopards store their larger kills in trees where you can often see them feed on it in relative safety. Elephants Elephants can get sunburned and throw sand on their backs and heads to prevent sunburn and keep insects off their skin. Baby elephants are born blind and some individuals suck their trunks for comfort, similar to the way young humans suck their thumbs. When elephants approach you during a safari trip, switch off your car engine and give them space to pass. Take some time to see how these African wild animals use their trunks as a – hand, extra foot, communication device and observe how expertly elephants use it as a – tool for gathering food, siphoning of water, dust baths, and digging for food. The African elephant is the largest living land mammal with a prodigious appetite and you will see these hungry animals eat roots, grasses, fruit, and bark for most of the day. Rhinos Black rhinos can pick up small objects and even open gates and vehicle doors with their prehensile upper lips. Look out for white rhinos in grassland areas with trees and water. You will notice them spending most of their day grazing on grasses, walking with their enormous heads and squared lips lowered to the ground. To distinguish them from their black counterparts, notice the pointed, often tufted ears, flattish back and elongated head and look for a calf that usually runs ahead of the mother. Buffalo Buffalo are said to have killed more hunters in Africa than any other wild animal. Buffalos have good memories and are known to ambush hunters that have harmed them in the past. The only wild cattle species, females buffalos have strong bonds and if one individual is attacked the entire herd will defend the victim. You will often spot buffaloes on their way to water after their night feeding. They require large spaces and you will see them feeding on grasses of various length. Both male and female buffaloes have heavy, ridged horns that curve downward and then up. The hollow horns of these African animals are formidable weapons against predators.