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The Great Migration

In Tanzania in February/March, millions of Wildebeest migrate to have their babies.  They follow the rains to the Southern Serengeti to feast on special grasses, rich in nutrition.

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The predators are well aware of this and follow the migration.  The cheetah was awakened from a nap by wildebeest running by – food!

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This cheetah is hungry and has a hungry little one to feed.  I’ve seen 2 cheetahs take down a calf, but this one is going alone to get an adult!

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Defeated, time to look for something smaller.
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She leaves her little one behind for another chase and gets lucky.

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She carries the kill along while trying to reunite with the little one but can’t find the kitten.

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Unheard of for fear of losing it, she puts the kill down and calls and calls while searching.  Finally reunited, they look for a safe place to enjoy their meal.

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Looks good, time to eat.
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They take turns eating while the other one guards.
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We were all worried that the little one was lost.  It was stressful. They were miles apart from each other. We stood watch over the kill until they came back.  We all cheered when we saw them.

Link to our Tanzania Photography Safari, timed to intersect with the “birthing” of a million baby wildebeest and a host of predators!

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 3 – Having a leisurely time to photograph animals was a real treat.  Sometimes you can see potential and you just have to wait – like a bird capturing a bug in its beak or a lion sitting on a limb in partial sunlight while you wait for that glow to come around to the eyes.  And sometimes you have to be ready and respond fast – like a flamingo taking off, a hippo opening its mouth, or a zebra taking a dust bath (which only lasts seconds).  Sometimes it’s fun to study and capture expressions and behavior.

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Lovebird
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Lovebirds
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Lovebirds
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Ostrich
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Yellow billed storks
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Yellow billed stork
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Hornbill
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Bat eared fox
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Vervet monkey
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Warthog
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Adorable cat.  Couldn’t end with a warthog face!
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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 2 – The Great Migration was in full swing.  From our lodge at Lake Masek to the Central Serengeti, great numbers of wildebeest and their newborn babies paraded in lines and sometimes just covered the landscape.

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Lion, perched up high watching the parade of food.
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Cheetahs waiting for an opportunity.
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Leopards haul their kill into trees.  As we watched the mom and baby high up in the tree, the catch fell to the ground sending them down to collect it and haul it up again.

The little one follows the mom down the tree to rescue the food.
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This time, the mom wedges the kill into the crotch of the tree – more secure.  The little one goes right to it.

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