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N 83 B 1.4K C 15 E Aug 29, 2022 F Sep 25, 2022
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I think I gave you all a shock with yesterday's post. Although to me, moments like that are also part of nature, I'll try to soften the blow with today's more tranquil post.

Every morning, when we left Freeman's safari camp, the first thing we tried to locate was the magnificent Topi pride. Often enough we were the first to find them, even before sunrise, thanks to our magnificent guide Jonathan Koshal. His eye sight is unbelievable!

We've seen them doing their early morning gymnastics and watched the youngsters annoy the living daylights out of the adult lionesses with their playful antics.
But every morning after playtime, without fail, the pride started scanning the surrounding plains for breakfast. They often used a hillside or even termite mounts for better view and when the sun decided to set this scene off with beautiful colors, life is good....


Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM
ISO 800, f7.1, 1/6400s, exp. comp -2/3

Tags:   nature wildlife animals pride leeuw Panthera leo lion wild Masai Mara Kenya Africa game drive safari sunrise Löwe Topi pride Freeman camp silhouette hvhe1 Hennie van Heerden

N 123 B 2.4K C 38 E Aug 26, 2022 F Sep 23, 2022
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Like I said in the narrative under the previous picture; wild nature is not all fun and games..... And not always easy to watch. But still, it's the way things in nature are determined and I respect that.

This year the migration seemed to be non-existing at the Mara river. Although the rains are there on the great plains of the Masai Mara, the masses of wildebeest and zebra that usually fill them weren't there. So we didn't have good hopes that we would be able to watch that impressive spectacle when we left Freeman camp that morning but still decided to have lunch at the river just in case.

Immediately after we arrived there a small herd of zebra was approaching the river. Insecure of what would be lying underneath the surface of the water they hesitantly stood at the bank. One stallion decided to cross and chose the shallow rocky part of the river and made it safely to the other side. But the rest of the herd still didn't want to follow so he decided to get back. Through the deeper part this time. Huge crocodiles immediately started closing in on him but somehow he made it through unharmed.

The herd seemed to be reassured by his bravery and started to cross. A mare first, followed by several other females with their foals.

My heart pounded in my chest when I saw more crocs approaching and suddenly the first mare leaped up with a gigantic splash... the crocs had reached it....
Needless to say how this ended..

Of course I have hundreds of pictures of the aftermath of this moment but to me this one stood out. You don't need the bloody details to tell a story..

Canon EOS R6
Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
ISO 800, f6.3, 1/4000, exp. comp +1/3


Tags:   wildlife nature animal wild Kenya Masai Mara Africa Freeman camp Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus Nijlkrokodil Nilkrokodil Crocodile du Nil Equus quagga Plains Zebra crossing migration Steppenzebra Zèbre des plaines death kill hvhe1 Hennie van Heerden

N 984 B 28.9K C 84 E Aug 26, 2022 F Sep 21, 2022
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I know I said that it was a lion trip but safari is not all about cats! Well.... at least not always.

Admittedly we were on our way to a cat, a wonderful leopardess called Bahati to be exact, when we came across this handsome trio and the shapes really got me.

The picture was easy enough to take, the post processing (to me) ..another thing. Although I really like it when other photographers do, I'm not really one to convert to B&W often myself. But in this case the picture screamed more or less to do so because it was the only way to bring back the texture in the clouds in a proper way. And yes, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

This is still a beautiful scene at the wonderful Masai Mara. But nature is not all fun and games.... Stay tuned!

Canon EOS R6
Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
ISO 1250, f14, 1/320, exp. comp +2,67

Tags:   nature wild wildlife animal Africa Kenya Masai Mara Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi Masai Giraffe Massai-Giraffe Girafe Masaï B&W hvhe1 Hennie van Heerden

N 196 B 2.8K C 40 E Aug 25, 2022 F Sep 16, 2022
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After 4 long years I finally returned to Africa. It felt so wonderful to be back out there!! Kenya this time and to be precise the Maasai Mara.

This turned out to be a lion trip as they were all over the place so what better to start off with than that of one of the glorious Topi pride lionesses!

Every morning went we went out one of the first things we tried to locate was this magnificent pride. When all are together, the males and the smaller cubs, this pride counts no less than almost 30 lions! You can imagine the amount of food a pride of that needs and the lionesses are incredible huntresses.

Here is one of those ladies, scanning the savannah at the first light of the morning.

Canon EOS R6
Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
ISO 4000, f5, 1/5000s

Tags:   Africa Kenya Masaai Mara lion Panthera Leo Löwe leeuw lioness Topi Pride Safari Game drive sunrise nature wildlife animal golden hvhe1 Hennie van Heerden Löwe

N 611 B 18.2K C 58 E Apr 15, 2022 F Apr 22, 2022
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The bird feeding station in my garden stands underneath an apple tree. The Jays here are extremely shy and they tend to first sit on a branch making sure that it's all safe, before they dive-bomb onto the station. And that was exactly what the righter Jay did while the left one was happily picking on a peanut, scaring the living daylights out of him :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Canon EOS R6
Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
ISO 2000, f7.1, 1/1600s

Tags:   nature wildlife wild bird animal Vlaamse Gaai Garrulus glandarius Schreeuwekster Eurasian jay Eichelhäher Geai des chênes fight hvhe1 Hennie van Heerden


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