tirsdag 10. desember 2019

A DEADLY BUFFALO FIGHT


MAASAI MARA, KENYA, EARLY DEC 2019

African Buffalos are huge, rough animals and big bulls can weight up to 850 kg ! Old males often form small groups separate from the main herd and they have a reputations to be grumpy, especially in the wet season when food is plenty and they are in good shape. I've seen them fight several times, but never as dedicated and deadly as this fight. They were already fighting when we arrived, don`t know how long they had been going and we watched the fight for at least 30 more minutes .... before it dramatically ended in the ditch. The raw power, the loud groaning noise and the aggressive attitudes of these dinosaurs, full of muscles, hormones & adrenaline, was simply amazing .... and a little frightening ! We had to pull back several times or they would simply have demolished the car.   

At some stage a third bull comes along and inspired by the ongoing battle, he enthusiasticly dives into the fight attacking one of the other bulls from behind. The horns from the third bull rips up big open wounds in stomach and inside of back legs of one of the original warriors and he is bleeding seriously. 

They all battle away on the field having no antennas of where the fight was taking them and suddenly all 3 bulls, one over the other, fall into a deep ditch full of water and mud. Mother earth simply swallowed them, we can no longer see them, but the the groaning noise from the deep was telling us that they were still in fighting mode. One of the 3 bulls managed to get out relatively easily, but the two remaining ones were stuck in the hole and as the groaning noises were decreasing into total silence, it was my assumption that one of them or both were drowning. Hyenas were gathering around and a big male lion was also approaching. 

As the photographer in me prepared for dramatic last act of the ongoing buffalo adventure and I was thinking of a new good story for a picture presentation back home .... the 2 bulls simply climbed out and walked home ! Good for them :-)

All pictures shot with Nikon D5, Nikkor 600mm 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 900 - 2000.

Thanks to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp           








With the horns locked into each other one bull has managed to force the other to the ground ... 


... and as the opponent is grounded he is beeing attacked with full force !!




A third bull enters the battle ... 


... and attacking the others from behind 


2 bulls down in the deep ditch



As the 2 bulls did not come out, the buffalo herd came to edge of the hole to inspire them to come to their senses and come out. Hyenas can be seen behind (iPhone picture)

søndag 17. november 2019

MAASAI MARA KENYA, OKT 19th - 26th 2019


Elephant in sunset light with local rain shower
D5, 70-200 2,8 / 200 mm, f/8,0, 1/640, ISO 280


Once again I've had the pleasure to have a project in Maasai Mara with Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp. This was my African project no 30 in Eastern & Southern Africa ... so over the years I have earned a certain amount of experience with different camps and photographic networks, and I can say with integrity that Oltepesi is the best solution for ambitious photographers I have ever experienced. The landscapes may be more complex and beautiful in other NP`s, but the wildlife of Maasai Mara is overwhelming and the camp's approach to photography is unique.

I'm going back to Oltepesi in Nov/ Dec and also bringing groups in May/June 2020 & Oct 2020. For those who have already booked and for possible clients in Oct 2020 : this post with 20 pics is meant as a teaser showing what I had accomplished in 7 days shooting. It was difficult to pick out 20, it could have been 20 others ! 


Elephant in same situation as first picture, but later and the colours have changed completely.
D5, 70-200 2,8 / 70 mm, f/8,0, 1/640, ISO 450


Male Elephant with first sunrise and superlow angle
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/250, ISO 10 000


Female Leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 1 600


Female Leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1000


Female Leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 1600


Breakfast discussion between mother and cub over last night's Impala kill
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 1600


It was a cold morning ... the warm breath from mom is visible
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/400, ISO 1250


Long shutter speeds is really not my style ... but I tried !
 D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/10, ISO 400


Backlight Leopard
D5, 600 4,0, f/8,0, 1/1600, ISO 5600


Cheetah yawn !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 360


Brown eyes and blue eyes ! Cheetah with Thompson Gazelle calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 640


The 5 Cheetah "brothers" of Maasai Mara are famous for bringing down bigger prey ! 
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 1000


5 "brothers" killing a full grown Wildebeest
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 2800


Male Ground Hornbill
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/640, ISO 900


Secretary Bird
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 450


Male Baboon. I have a big respect for these guys since I was once attacked by one and in a miraculous way avoided bad injuries !
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 2000


Spotted Hyena mom carrying a cub from one den to the other. It looked painful for the little one ....
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 560


Spotted Hyena with topi calf
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1600, ISO 640


Flirting Lions
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/800, ISO 2200


Young Lion playing with a Thompson gazelle calf
D5, 400 2,8, f/4,0, 1/2500, ISO 220


Serval Cat
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/320, ISO 3600


Topis having evening toilet !
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 360

onsdag 6. november 2019

WHITETAILED EAGLES IN FLATANGER NORWAY EARLY NOVEMBER


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/600, ISO 360

I've said it before and I will say it again : In my opinion NORWAY NATURE & Eagleman Ole Martin Dahle performs the bst white-tailed eagle guiding in the world ! To get in the boat with Eagleman and experienced the wild costal landscapes and the close encounters with numerous of white-tailed eagles is something you will never forget. You don't even need to a photographer to enjoy this, just someone who appreciates unique nature experiences. If you never did it before I highly recommend it ! 

Check https://norway-nature.com 

All pictures were shot during 2 days in early November 2019.

A warm thank you to Ole Martin Dahle & Wenche Dahle of Norway Nature. 

Also thanks to Minna Lindroth, Ingebjørg Une Hagen, Arnfinn Johansen, Knut Sverre Horn & Markus Varesvuo. 
  

Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 6400


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 560


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 560


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 2800


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 3600


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/4,0, 1/2000, ISO 11400


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 1250


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 1000


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 1250


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 5000


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/6,3, 1/2000, ISO 1400


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 360


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 1800


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/3200, ISO 1000


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,0, 1/2500, ISO 3200


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/2500, ISO 640


Nikon D5, Nikkor 600 4,0,  f/5,6, 1/2000, ISO 2200