True example of why wildlife is always unpredictable when you are on a safari…Anything can happen anytime in the bush. During one of our evening game drive in July 2017, as we watched the beautiful sunset in Masai Mara savannah and retreating to the camp, we saw a pride of lions out in the open looking at the two wildebeests on the horizon. The light was falling and getting dark. The scene unfolded where a lioness advanced slowly towards the gnu who were completely unaware of the impending calamity. The strategy which the cats had was a successful one. A topi standing alone was alerted but it was too late for the wildebeest to act. And there the chase and hunt started which lasted for a minute. The fresh kill was then feasted by the whole pride.
This video is a compilation of 97 shots.
ISO 10000, f/4, 1/800 sec, 500 mm, Not cropped
Canon 1dx mark ii, Canon 500 mm IS
Leopard story- This happened in Serengeti National park, Tanzania where we were looking for leopards. There was a Kopje (rock) with dense bushes and we were told that there is a leopard with a cub hiding inside. As you all know mothers are extremely protective of the new borns and leopard being a elusive animal, it would even stay for days hidden inside. After a long patient wait, we saw this beauty coming out of the shade, behind the rock, holding the new born and walking to another bush. This was just a 5 second glimpse but totally worth the wait.
Newborn leopards are extremely vulnerable and rely entirely on mom for nourishment and protection. They are born blind, opening their eyes at around 10 days of age, and weigh only 1 pound. Mom carries the cubs to a new location every couple of days to ensure they are hidden from potential predators.
The following are the sequence at which the whole scene shaped up.