For the last one month, I was away to Amboseli National park in Kenya as a photographer for an elephant conservation project commissioned by an organisation called WildLife Direct led by Dr Paula Kahumbu. It was a 18 days stay in Oltukai Lodge, Amboseli with my dear friend and an expert elephant researcher Ms. Soila Sayialel. I learnt a lot about elephants and their behaviour which was my first experience. Amboseli is a beautiful park and there were many a things I noticed about it
The beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
The dust storm and twisters.
The elephants roaming freely everywhere.
The beautiful dark green grass in the swamp, then the light green grass and totally dry grass around the water body.
The Mt. Kilimanjaro with its mwanzi and Kibo peak. Kibo peak was snow covered one day, next day clear but without any snow and today totally covered up.
The elephants with the Mt Kili in the backdrop.
The variety of water birds around the swamp.
The wonderful landscape of Ol tukai lodge.
Elephants scratching, dusting, sitting, sleeping on the ground, smelling, running, mud bath.
There were many other wildlife and different views of the mountain which was a moment to cherish.
The friendly Oltukai staff made me feel at home.
Happy to share a short video of the B&W photo Exhibition that was held recently where my wildlife images were exhibited and I was interviewed.
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.
Happy to share that few of my B&W wildlife images were exhibited in Kampala Photo Market held on August 2015 hosted by Pearl Guide magazine in Kampala, Uganda. The response was very good. Posting few of the event pictures.