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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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Mom & Me

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It’s time to celebrate our moms.  They feed us, then teach us how to feed ourselves by grazing, browsing, fishing, hunting…   They protect us from predators and teach us how to get along in our environment.

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It’s really special to watch and photograph moms and their young.  Do take the time to study the behavior, not just catch a quick photo.  You will end up with many choices of great moments.

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Tanzania Photography Safari

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
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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
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Ah, nap didn’t last long
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And speaking of yawns, check out the teeth on this cheetah.

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wow
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Sure, we can back up, no problem
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Elephant dust bath
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Look at those lashes – yeah, we were pretty close
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The elegance of the flamingo
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Taking flight
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Storm coming in late afternoon, Serengeti
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Sunrise after the storm
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