Sizing up the herd we reckon that if they all go it could take half and hour. Waves of animals gather at the edge of the cliff and then move toward and away from the water. At times even hundreds of wildebeests will fall in line moving away from the crossing and each time they do I despair, even though with all those crocs, we are in effect egging on a tiny percentage of wildebeests to their deaths.
This is a single photo HDR, re-exposed +2, +1, 0, -1, -2 in Bridge, recombined in Photomatix, finished in Photoshop. Click the photo for a bigger version.
Here’s this week’s progress through the photos we brought back from Kenya.
Jonathan, our guide in the Amboseli National Park, thought these two lions were about nine months old. At that age you can’t really determine whether they are male or female except by observation of the appropriate parts of their physique. One of these is male, the other we couldn’t say.
Here are the grounds at the lovely Loldia House in the Great Rift Valley. That is Lake Naivasha out there.
Elephants on the march, Amboseli.
And this is a common eland in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
All of these photos link with a click to a growing gallery of photos from this trip on EarthPhotos.com.
Stand by for one more photo shortly, my favorite so far from Kenya. And next week, birds.
We had the good fortune to witness multiple wildebeest crossings of the Mara River while in Kenya. I’ll do a big photo presentation sometime in the coming weeks, but for now here is a general view to set the scene.
Each time the wildebeests contemplated crossing, crocodiles lined themselves up along the crossing route. They’re huge. They can literally be a ton o’ prehistoric monster, growing to a thousand kilos or more.
A few individual wildebeests were bound to fall as prey. In this first photo, with the croc coming up on the wildebeest from below, check out how huge his tail is compared to the poor beest.
It looks like CS&W is going to be commandeered by photography for a while. Going through all the stuff we brought back from Kenya is a good, wholesome, indoor activity for autumn.
These giraffes’ home range is on the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
More photos from this trip will pop up, a few at a time, as the leaves change. Cheers!
We’ve spent four days rumbling across the Maasai Mara plains watching the great wildebeest migration. Our trusty guide Richard says it is the largest migration he remembers in his 25 years. The internet speed here in camp is preventing me posting photos, but Patrick, the camp manager, says he has managed to put up some of my photos on Herdtracker. Haven’t seen them, can’t confirm, because I can’t get Herdtracker to load just now, but for now here is one of two kills that happened in the crossing we saw on Monday, and there are many more to work on in the plane home.
Cheers for now.