Cats were once again the highlight of our fourth week. There were fewer river crossings in this week but by now we had become adept at finding three prides of lions, all three with very young cubs, a pair of mating cheetahs (though we never really saw them mating) and a huge male leopard, whose territory was all around our camp. See picture below.
However, some of our most amazing sightings were of the three prides of lions that we use to regularly see. The cubs were really awesome. Masai Mara has nearly 750 lions and all in an area of about 1500 square kilometers. It does not get better than that anywhere in the world.
We also had a great time with a mating pair of cheetahs. The female had a distinctive “kink” in her tail. We saw them together for nearly the entire week, we saw them hunting, marking territory, playing – in fact doing everything except mating. I took this picture below on the way to the airstrip to pick up our good friends Amrish and Meghna Wadekar and nearly missed reaching the airstrip.
One of the better pictures that I got this week was probably of a female cheetah (not one of the mating pairs) that killed a young Thompson Gazelle’s fawn. The fawn was still alive when we started shooting this image.
This week we had a lot of predator action though it was not all about predators. We got some great shots of ungulates and birds, some of which are pasted below.