onsdag 14. november 2018

MATING LIONS


Passion in the yellow savannah gras !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3,1/320, ISO 2800

Big Cat Sex is passionate stuff !
For lions as it is for leopards, jaguars etc : They go on for days doing nothing but having sex ......   and can have a frequency every 15 minutes. Pretty impressive in my opinion ! 

All pictures shot Maasai Mara, Kenya, nov/des 2017, Aug 2018, Sept 2018 and Oct 2018.
Hope you like them !!

Thanks to Big John Siololo and Oltepesi Camp. 


In early morning light
D5, 400 2,0, f/2,8, 1/1000, ISO 320


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 250


A private moment in the high gras
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6,1/1000, ISO 1250


With low angle !
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,5,1/500, ISO 1000


D5, 400 2,8, f/6,,31/1600, ISO 900


Probably a magic moment !
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3,1/1600, ISO 900


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/320, ISO 2800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/7,1, 1/800, ISO 1250


Meetoo ??
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 1800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3,1/320, ISO 2800


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 1600


D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


The king wants more .... 
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/400, ISO 2000


.... but the queen has lost the feeling .... and is telling the old man to get lost
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 560


The lady is trying to get rid of her suitor ... and he doesn't`t like the it !
D5, 600 4,0 + 1,4 converter = 850 mm, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 560


... and in the end they make cute little cubs ! 
However, if a new male has fought his way to take over the pride he will often kill all the cubs in the pride to have his own offspring.
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 2000



Hugging mom !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2200

søndag 4. november 2018

CAN HYENA TAKE DOWN A FULL GROWN WILDEBEEST ?


First minute after arrival : hyena has grabbed the wildebeest`s back leg and hangs on to it.
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/1000, ISO 36 000

"Can a single hyena take down big prey like a wildebeest ?"
The question was asked from my photographer friend to our host and guide Big John Siololo just minutes before the drama exposed itself before our eyes : A medium or rather small sized spotted hyena had, of some reason, managed to grab a hold in one of the back legs of a full grown wildebeest ... and was hanging on to it. The answer to the question was given live to be watched from first row !

Not a very nice experience and my empathy with the wildebeest was strong ! However "empathy" is no winner in evolution, so it was a harsh reminder of simple rules of nature.

Note : The pictures were shot in the evening in almost "complete darkness". Check ISO figures !!

Maasai Mara Kenya, oct 2018. Thanks to John Siololo and Oltepesi Camp.


First minute after arrival: hyena fiercely holding on to the wildebeest`s back leg and tries to turn it over  
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 32000


First minute after arrival: hyena battling with the wildebeest to turn it over
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/1000, ISO 32 000


1 minute after arrival : For the first time the wildebeest is down and hyena immediately goes for the soft part (stomach). The hyena seemed to know what to do, I think it had done it before !!
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 25 600


1 minute after arrival : Wildebeest desperately tries to get back on feet
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/1000, ISO 32 000


1 minute after arrival : Wildebeest is still down and hyena determined tries to chew a hole in stomach skin on the wildebeest`s left side
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 28 800


3 minutes after arrival : Hyena continuously working to chew a hole in left side stomach
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/ 3,2, 1/640, ISO 25 600


4 minutes after arrival : Wildebeest is back on feet, but hyena has now managed to open the stomach skin on the left side and the access to the softer parts is open.
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 51 200


4 minutes after arrival : Hyena tearing out soft parts
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/640, ISO 40 000


5 minutes after arrival : Wildebeest tries to get away, but hyena hangs on to the open wound
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/1000, ISO 51 200


5 minutes after arrival : wildebeest is loose and attacks hyena for defence
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 36 000


5 minutes after arrival : Hyena goes for a wild attack to turn wildebeest back to the ground
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/640, ISO 40 000


6 minutes after arrival : Wildebeest is once again down and hyena now tries to chew a hole in stomach`s right side
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/3,2, 1/1640, ISO 36000


7 minutes after arrival : Wildebeest tries to get back on feet, but is once again forced to the ground. Wildebeest screaming !
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/800, ISO 72 000


7 minutes after arrival : Hyena forces the wildebeest to the ground. Right side of stomach is now open.
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/800, ISO 72 000


7 minutes after arrival : Battle still going on, but hyena seems to have gained control
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/800, ISO 64 000


13 minutes after arrival : Complete darkness and the drama is shot in the light of a flashlight. Wildebeest still alive, but intestines are hanging out.
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/160, ISO 36 000


15 minutes after arrival : The suffering of the wildebeest seems to have come to an end
Nikon D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/160, ISO 25 600

lørdag 13. oktober 2018

MAASAI MARA APERITIF


The first glimpse of one of my wet dreams : the rare Serval Cat in the high savannah grass 
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 450

My main "African ambition" this year will be October as I will stay 2 full weeks in Oltepesi Camp in Maasai Mara, Kenya. This will be my third visit to Mara & Oltepesi in 12 months. The pictures in this post are from my second visit to the Mara : Aug / Sept. It was "only" a week ... serving like an appetiser for my upcoming longer stay.  However I'm especially happy with the serval cat.

Hope you like the pictures.

Cross my fingers for October !!!

Serval cat
D7, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1400



Serval Cat
D 5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1250


Serval Cat
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/64, ISO 250


A serval cat shot at almost complete darkness at incredible ISO 81 275 !! 
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/320, ISO 81275


Topi Sunset
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 360


Topi sunset
D5, 400 2,8, f/2,8, 1/200, ISO 100


A magic moment .... !?
D5, 400 2,8, f/6,3, 1/1600, ISO 900 


Hippo !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/800, ISO 640


Portrait of a young giraffe
D5, 600,4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250 ISO 2200 


The biggest African vulture : Lapped Faced Vulture
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 900


Nile Monitor Lizard can grow up to 2 m !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 450 


A punch in the head !! ... zoom in !!
D5, 400 2,8, f/3,5, 1/1000, ISO 800


Boring life on the savannah ! Cheetah brothers ...
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 800


Male ostricht. Check blood pressure ??
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/800, ISO 180


Dung beetle
D5, 400 2,8, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 1250


Seen this animal before ? Probably not. It was my first time to see an Ardwolf !
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 107 000 (!!!)


A short moment of magic light, and there was no compromise in the mud for my friend Arnfinn Johansen ! My respect !!
iPhone


Team picture : Sandip Gupta, Big John Siololo, Tom & Arnfinn Johansen