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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.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lovebird
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Ostrich
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Yellow billed storks
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Yellow billed stork
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bat eared fox
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Vervet monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Warthog
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Adorable cat.  Couldn’t end with a warthog face!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

 

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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.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lion, perched up high watching the parade of food.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cheetahs waiting for an opportunity.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

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.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

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

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

 

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Post 1 – In February and March of this year, we visited some new places, checked out some new lodges and had some incredible moments.  We spent some time at our usual spots too and came back with some great experiences.  Every visit to Tanzania presents different opportunities.  This year was the most amazing migration ever, as you will see in future posts.  And the elephants just posed perfectly under the baobab trees.  We had our best ever cat moments – lions, cheetahs and leopards.  This post is about the new baby lions and a really good mother (and she had her paws full).  We watched in awe.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play. © 2017 Bob Harvey

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders. © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha - although he did escape again (it must have been a boy). © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha – although he did escape again (it must have been a boy).
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This game went on and on © 2017 Bob Harvey

This game went on and on – he’s getting “the look”
© 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night. © 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Keep checking back.  Next you will see how sibling cheetahs fight over who gets to carry the kill and a leopard mom also with her paws full.

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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Mom and baby hippos © 2015 Bob Harvey

Mom and baby hippos
© 2015 Bob Harvey

It’s so much fun to watch the interaction between moms and babies.  Sometimes we like to capture the relationship and sometimes it’s fun to just compose artistically.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Gazelles © 2015 Bob Harvey

Gazelles
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

The adult female lion left this bundle of cubs to endure a downpour.  They changed positions and took turns getting pelted by the rain.  They looked so miserable, no cover for miles.

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Poor lion in back is getting doused again as the other lion shakes off the water. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Poor lion in back is getting drenched again as the other lion shakes off the water.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rain stops, sun comes out, all is better. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rain stops, sun comes out, all is better.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Rhinos © 2015 Bob Harvey

Rhinos
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Storm is brewing. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Storm is brewing.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Downpour at sunset © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Downpour at sunset
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

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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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This 4th post will conclude my blog for our February Tanzania Photography Safari.  If you are just visiting for the first time, be sure and scroll down through the other 3 posts.  This was such a memorable trip with the many rare sightings we had and were able to photograph.  At the end of our trip, everyone felt very touched by the sign as we entered Lake Manyara National Park – Remove nothing from the park except: Nourishment for the soul; Consolation for the heart; Inspiration for the mind.  They said “that was our trip”!  Join us in 2015 http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.tanzania.htm

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Zebras and wildebeest running together
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

The lion cub photo on the last post seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so I am including 2 more of the 20 or so shots I got of this cute little guy.

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Lion cub taking a cat nap
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Ah, nap didn’t last long
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

And speaking of yawns, check out the teeth on this cheetah.

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wow
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sure, we can back up, no problem
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant dust bath
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Look at those lashes – yeah, we were pretty close
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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The elegance of the flamingo
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Taking flight
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Storm coming in late afternoon, Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sunrise after the storm
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Our first morning in the Serengeti… I was awakened by the sounds of lions roaring, hippos grunting, and something munching the grass outside my tent.  I thought that would just be a giraffe – not so.  At 6:00 am my fearless Maasai warrior escort arrives and starts stomping and yelling to chase away two cape buffalo right off my deck blocking my exit (fortunately the deck is 4’ high).  The buffalo responds and gives me some space.  I did check to make sure my escort had his spear before I came down the steps.  We always have an escort when it is dark.

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Sunrise, Camp Masek, near my tent
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After breakfast, we had a beautiful sunrise by my favorite tree here at Masek (which is near my tent).  The day only got better with lots of cats and more.

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Lions having a family discussion
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Leopard sleeping high in a tree
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cooling off in the shade at the granite kopjes in the Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cub (about 3 months old) in the kopjes
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Crowned cranes, protecting the nest
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Young zebra snuggling up to mom
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Impala…

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We met some Maasai junior warriors out herding goats and stopped to chat. One of them tried to offer me his necklace, didn’t know what that implied so I gracefully declined.

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photo taken by Said, our guide

More photos to come in a few days.

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I had a call in the middle of the night last night – everything is just fine in Tanzania, but there had not been internet access out in the Serengeti.

It sounds like there have been exciting times.  Thunderstorms.  Cape Buffalo camped out next to Diane’s tent.  More exciting photography moments.  Can’t wait to see!

In the meantime, I’m posting a couple images that I was holding to go with Diane’s words (that never came).

Lion approaching© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Lion approaching
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kitty paws
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo yawn
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Hippo wallowing in the mud
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephant facial
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Friends
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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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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