|The cloud cover and dramatic filtered light made for great wide angle attempts, something fresh from the normal tight images of crossings.
2015 was the 12th year I have visited the Migration since my first visit in 2004. The place just never seems to disappoint and indeed this year was no exception. Sightings are consistently amazing and below follows a few images with some thoughts behind the shot.
|A slightly more conventional crossing image.
This is the type of image that everyone wants from the Mara. The problem comes that too often the wildebeest is viewed from above and the image is taken from a high angle. Here we were fortunate to get the action from a relatively low angle. Not going in too tight, although not too wide made this image work. But what clinched this for me is the leaping juvenile against the depth of the herd.
|A Martial Eagle taking off with its recently caught Banded Mongoose
Some images are made and some are just taken. Here is a good example of the latter. For years I have been looking for an image of a Martial Eagle mantling over a Gazelle fawn, something that does happen from time to time in the Mara. When we found this eagle sitting in the grassland during mid morning, I thought my luck was in. Parking a way off all camera setting were checked and we slowly approached. When it took off it wasn't a Gazelle but a Banded Mongoose. Still a great bit of action.
|Cheetah with Thompson's Gazelle fawn.
|A mother Leopard keeping a watchful eye on a distant Hyena as her cub seeks comfort close-by.
|Lion cubs in playful mood