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World Rhino Day

Last week we visited Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.  It was great to see and photograph so many rhinos roaming about in a natural habitat protected from poachers. They are doing a fabulous job with rhino conservation and we are happy to support that.  Join our Kenya Adventure and you will be supporting this too.  More on Kenya later as well as a lot from the Mara Crossing Adventure from Tanzania. We were a month out in the field, but we will catch up on this adventure with many stories and photos.

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South Africa Nature Photography Safari

The Greater Kruger Area –

In the “backcountry” at Sabi Sands, away from crowds known to flock to Kruger National Park, we had amazing animal experiences.

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

A leopard walked right beside our open vehicle.  It was close enough to reach down and pet.  Of course I wouldn’t, I just sat there holding my 200-400 lens that couldn’t focus at such a close distance.  Fortunately before it moved in so close, we all had a good time photographing the leopard.  The guide told us that all of us in a vehicle presented a large unit that it wouldn’t mess with.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

We saw a mother and cub every day.  We never tired of watching and photographing the interaction.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

One time the cub strayed away and caused some alarm before they were reunited.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cats were plentiful, but we were up close and personal to some really big critters – very exciting photography.

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

 

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are "really huge" (and rarely seen) out of the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are “really huge” (and rarely seen) out of the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

 

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

We had a nice mix of safari animals.

Zebras © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Zebras
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Giraffe drinking - a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Giraffe drinking – a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkey © 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkeys
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill © 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Woodland kingfisher © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Woodland kingfisher
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Marvelous diversity, great opportunities to be up close and personal with amazing animals who don’t run when you arrive.

 

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Tanzania Photography Safari

Post 1 – Tanzania is a land of much excitement.  Animals move about in search of food and water – some for a few miles, while others are on the great migration.  Sometimes we waited for light, sometimes we waited for action.  Many times we witnessed how the animals behaved in a variety of situations, which gave us opportunities for some special photography.

Leopard © 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopard
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopards and rhinos, very difficult to find and this year we were lucky to get both at reasonable distances.  It did take some patience, waiting for this leopard to get up and walk out of the shade, and only for a few seconds.

Black rhinos © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Black rhinos
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

 

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost Wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill.  The other will return to eat. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill. The other will return to eat.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah © 2015 Bob Harvey

Cheetah
© 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect. © 2015 Bob Harvey © 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo and friend. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cape buffalo and friend.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Baby elephant © 2015 Bob Harvey

Baby elephant at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the water hole. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebra at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Our group had a lot of fun learning this technique. It does take some practice. You must pan with the animal as you shoot at a slow shutter speed.

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in February 2017 for our next safari to Tanzania!

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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Lions in Love
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

This has been an awesome safari so far.  The group is doing well with photography and we have been treated to many rare experiences.  We saw the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo, lion) by day 2.  We watched and photographed rhinos mating!  Our guide has never even seen this in the 15 years he has guided.  Another rare sighting, the serval, stalked birds for a few minutes right in front of us.  Then there were zebras fighting and lions “dating”. More to come, moving now to the Serengeti.

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Rhino moving fast across the crater floor
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Rhinos mating
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Serval looking for breakfast
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Serval about to chase a bird
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Zebras fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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