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Hennie van Heerden / 637 items
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


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  • Taken: Aug 26, 2022
  • Uploaded: Sep 23, 2022
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2022