Great Migration Photographic Safari Masai Mara Report : Sep 2016
As always, it was a thrilling experience to photograph migration with our clients in the heart of Massai Mara. We saw and photographed cubs of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah. Off course, the wildebeest migration was great.
We were lucky to witness the kills made by all big cats, 3 cheetah brining down a springbok, leopard and lion took down and feasted on wildebeest calfs. But was it just luck ? Offcourse not, it was the selction of right camp, the knowledge of the safari guides and experience that made this happen.
One thing that stood out : The animals have aligned their pregnancy cycles in such a way that most cubs are born when there is plenty of food (migration season, obviously) around for nourishment.
Here are some favourite images from the Masai Mara Migration Photography safari.
Photographic gear used for great migration safari :
Canon 5D Mark III , Nikon D810 and D7100 with various lenses. All of the pictures were taken handheld. NO tripod or flashes were used.
This particular picture of a carcass of a wildebeest, which has been captures on a 10-24mm ultra wide angle lens particularly stands out as it gives a different perspective.
Where did we stay for great migration photo safari:
Our very knowledgable and experienced guide from Porini Lion camp (who himself belongs to the mass community and grew up in Masai Mara) shared interesting facts about their community. We were informed that Massai worriers all wear red colour because even if they are injured and bleeding, wearing red colour will hide blood from the enemy and animals. Its a way of hiding weakness from the enemy. How interesting is that.
Quick Summary of facts.
What did we see:
Lions and Cubs
Cheetahs and Cubs
Leopards and Cubs
Hyenas with fish kill
Fish Eagle eating a carcus.