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Morkel Erasmus

Here is an iPhone pic of the fireside setting in our Wild Eye Mara camp set up on the banks of the Mara river in the Mara Triangle every Migration season.

I can't wait to get back there in August! This is the moment our guests first arrived during the 2014 safari I hosted.

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IamFisheye

Taken at Kanga camp in Mana Pools Zimbabwe while sitting at the feet of this bull elephant enjoying a morning drink.

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Wow, Big Andy. When I took a similar shot at Kanga I used a 34mm (or equivalent of) lens.

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IamFisheye

School bus, stuck in the mud. Meru, Kenya Oct 2011

 

Olympus E-3 & 50-200mm f2.8-3.5

 

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Tom Kellie

School bus, stuck in the mud. Meru, Kenya Oct 2011

 

~ @@IamFisheye

 

That's an interesting image.

What especially intrigues me is that it was taken in Meru National Park, Kenya.

As it happens, I've yet to see any school buses in any other park or reserve, aside from two on Lake Nakuru National Park in July, 2015, yet in three separate visits to Meru, I've seen school buses each time.

Thank you for posting this.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

@@Tom Kellie I can only agree with that, one of my favourite lodges in all of South Africa!

 

~ @@Morkel Erasmus

 

I'm very pleased to know that you share my strong admiration for Leopard Hills in Sabi Sands.

Both @@Tdgraves and I have enjoyed superb wildlife photography during game drives there, not to mention outstanding hospitality.

I'm hoping that someday other Safaritalk members might find their way to Leopard Hills, as I'm certain that it would be a great experience for them and their spouses.

Were it at all possible, I'd love the Lipault Ladies, @@Kitsafari and @@SafariChick, to visit Leopard Hills for the baby elephants and baby leopards.

After two visits to Leopard Hills, I'm already contemplating a future visit!

Tom K.

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SafariChick
Were it at all possible, I'd love the Lipault Ladies, @Kitsafari and @SafariChick, to visit Leopard Hills for the baby elephants and baby leopards.

 

 

@@Tom Kellie sounds great - your treat? ^_^

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PT123

Lions under a snausage tree a bit down the road from the Oloololo gate in the Mara Triangle. There is nothing super special about this shot but it's one of my favorite pictures that I've ever taken as for me it just seems to capture the feeling of the Triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antee

Can you see him...?

Very well camouflaged in this environment.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Antee

 

Yes!

He's looking to the right from his position on the left.

Lovely image as to both color and the deft illustration of camouflage.

Thank you.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

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Leopard on Stone



Photographed on 3 October, 2015 at 9:10 am in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and a Zeiss Apo-Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 ZE telephoto lens.



ISO 200, 1/1250 sec., f/2.8, 135mm focal length, manual focus, handheld Manual exposure.



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~ When ‘Torchwood’ pauses, camera shutters click. He's the dominant male within his realm, seemingly unfazed by his steady stream of camera-equipped admirers visiting Leopard Hills.



This image was made with a manual focus Zeiss lens, as it's exceptional optics render colors as my eye saw them...or at least so my memory claims. In any case I like the micro-contrasts and rich hues.


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Tom Kellie

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Down-time



Photographed at 6:28 pm on 4 February, 2016 in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 1,250, 1/1250 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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Reaching the secluded site where the Isaketa Sub-adult Pride was resting was the least developed track I'd been on in Africa. The reward for a slow, bumpy upward ride was seeing lions at rest and play.


Across a steep gorge lights were on over the doors ar Sir Richard Branson's Mahali Mzuri Safari Camp. Cubs and older siblings played with young lions and their mothers with unflagging energy.

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Tom Kellie

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Family Outing



Photographed at 11:07 am on 5 February, 2016 in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 200, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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~ Our morning game drive had included a visit to Masai Mara National Reserve where we observed a leopard — Nootare — stalking Thomson's gazelle and later, from a distance, the cheetah Musiera and three cubs.


An ostrich family was proceeding across a flat, grassy plain with exaggerated dignity, achieving an unintended comic effect. As ostriches are a particular favorite of mine, it was a lovely close to the game drive.

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TonyQ

@@Tom Kellie

What a lovely picture of the Ostrich family!

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Tom Kellie

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Lioness in a Tree Watching a Warthog



Photographed on 4 February, 2016 at 5:13 pm in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/800 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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~ What a surprise! We were slowly following a wooded stream when this lioness was spotted in a tree. It was self-evident that she was watching a large warthog in tall grass nearby.


As this image shows, we were at very close range, beneath her. The thick vegetation around the vehicle didn't conceal us or the camera lens from her vigilant eyes.

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Tom Kellie

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One Minute After a Chase




Photographed on 4 October, 2015 at 6:42 pm in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.



ISO 800, 1/640 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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~ Looking at the EXIF data embedded in the photograph, this was taken slightly more than one minute after an ultra-rapid chase of a female impala through wooded scrubland. The impala escaped.



The exhausted, panting cheetah looked around, seeing a herd of impala grazing in the distance, and our open-top safari vehicle at a respectful distance. We admired the cheetah's athleticism and poise.


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Sangeeta

@@Tom Kellie - the ostrich family wins this set of your postings for me :)

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Tom Kellie

@@Tom Kellie - the ostrich family wins this set of your postings for me :)

 

~ @@Sangeeta

 

Thank you so much!

The unseen reality is that there were other small family members and an adult male which were slightly out of the image frame.

In her recent trip report @@amybatt mentioned seeing what I suspect was the same large family of young ostriches.

Her sighting was also in the same area.

I'm very glad that you liked seeing them.

Tom K.

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Ben mosquito

@@IamFisheye , another bus (of the KWS ) in Meru NP, july 2015:

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"come enjoy"

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Tom Kellie

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Resting Leopard in Sabi Sands



Photographed on 5 October, 2015, at 8:56 am in Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens


ISO 200, 1/200 sec., f/5.6, handheld Manual mode exposure



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~ The safari vehicle was parked to the south of the resting female leopard, with sunlight coming from the east. Her resting place was in a number of stalks and branches, most of which were bare of foliage.



The lens was near the focal limit, as it's designed for distant subjects or birds-in-flight, not for a leopard a few meters away. What impressed was her utter nonchalance at our presence. Something about this portrait angle brought to mind lionesses I've photographed during other safaris.

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PT123

What a beautiful shot Tom. Someday I'll have to invest in a decent camera (and then learn how to use it)!

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Tom Kellie

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Grazer in Grey



Photographed on 5 October, 2015, at 9:17 am in Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/5.6L super-telephoto lens


ISO 200, 1/800 sec., f/5.6, handheld Manual mode exposure



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~ My above average interest in African rhinos began in early childhood after seeing rhinos in a zoo. Their massive strength, out-of-the-ordinary form and non-threatening nature all appealed to me.



This white rhinoceros had been grazing in tall grass growing along a seasonal river course. When we repositioned, it hove into view. That such an organism was placidly eating grass near us was delightful!


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Morkel Erasmus

@@Tom Kellie gotta love them rhinos and leopards!

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Morkel Erasmus

A gemsbok (oryx) in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park this past January...

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IamFisheye

A pair of lionesses, Nabiosho Conservancy, masai mara

Olympus EM-1, 50-200mm F2.8-3.5mm @50mm

 

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There is a story behind this shot that I will detail when I get around to writing up my trip report. In summary we found these two lying on a plain as the sun was coming up. Lots of game around and wandering close towards these ladies. One of the lionesses looked like she was going to spring into action and then a couple of honey badgers came into view and she went for them. The badgers fled and she left in hot pursuit. We followed, the badgers escaped. The other lioness came to meet her friend/sister and they greeted each other in front of our vehicle.

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Tom Kellie

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At Ease



Photographed on 20 August, 2014, at 12:16 pm in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L 1S II super-telephoto lens


ISO 100, 1/1250 sec., f/2.8, handheld Manual mode exposure



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~ As it happens, I'm attracted to lichen growth patterns on tree limbs. This image combines such patterns with another of my favorite patterns — leopard coat rosettes.



This leopard was resting above a small pond, her kill in the tree. Nearby her recently born cubs were in hiding. Even a mother leopard occasionally needs to take a few moments for herself.


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