Monthly Archives: January 2015

Relaxing!

Relaxing!

Lion  Panthera leo

When you are at the top of the food chain, you can afford to relax in the afternoon sunshine!

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

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Brotherly Love!

Brotherly Love!

Cheetah  Acinonyx jubatus

These two brothers are seen taking a “freshening up” break after an unsuccessful hunt of an Impala ram. This behaviour can also be construed as mutual commiseration after the failure and the prospect of sleeping hungry that night.

The cheetah is a large feline (family Felidae, subfamily Felinae) inhabiting most of Africa and parts of Iran. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx. The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 112 to 120 km/h (70 to 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.

The cheetah is a unique felid, with its closest living relatives being the puma and jaguarundi of the Americas. This cat is notable for modifications in the species’ paws, being one of the few felids with only semi-retractable claws. [Ref: Wikipedia]

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

 View this and similar images on my Flickr site — Duncan’s Flickr Page

©2015 Duncan Blackburn

Pride Bosses

Pride Bosses

Lion Panthera leo

In the previous post I mentioned that the particular lion pride shown there was ruled by two males. These are they!

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

View this and similar images on my Flickr site — Duncan’s Flickr Page

©2015 Duncan Blackburn

The Nursery

The Nursery

Lion     Panthera leo

The lion, also known as the African lion, is one of the five big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The undisputed kings of the wild!

I recently visited the Masai Mara in Kenya, East Africa, with the intention of spending some quiet “out of season” time with the three Big Cats viz. lion, leopard and cheetah. The scene here is some of the female and cub members of a fourteen strong pride. This pride is ruled by two males. We were to encounter this pride on a number of separate occasions in the Mara and were extremely fortunate to witness some hunting activities.

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

View this and similar images on my Flickr site — Duncan’s Flickr Page

©2015 Duncan Blackburn