Category Archives: Mammals

Mother's Love....

Mother’s Love….

Chacma Baboon

This image was captured on the Chobe River, near Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

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Beautiful Boy!

Beautiful Boy!

Leopard  Panthera pardus

The leopard is one of the five “big cats” in the genus Panthera. It is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia to Siberia.

This image was captured in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

Hunting we shall go....

Hunting we shall go….

It was fascinating to see how lionesses teach young cubs to hunt!

The mothers led the cubs to an area where several warthog families were grazing. They then separated some young warthog from the family groups and proceeded to lead their cubs in a hunting lesson. In this image a lioness can be clearly seen supervising two cubs (one from last Spring’s breed and a larger one from the previous year) the capture of a young warthog. The tenacity exhibited by the smaller cub is amazing. He was definitely not going to let his elder brother get away with his catch!!!

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

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

Wet, wet, wet....

Wet, wet, wet….

After a night of heavy rain, this majestic male lion views us with some disdain!

Lion  Panthera leo

The lion is one of the five big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies found in Africa. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia.

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

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

On top of the world....

On top of the world….

On top of the world….

A further illustration of the clean and clear backgrounds that are possible in the Masai Mara.

This young African Elephant was taking a drink from a small pool situated on the crest of one of the many ridges in this part of the world.

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

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

 

The end of the day....

The end of the day….

The Masai Mara is situated to the east of Lake Victoria in the so-called East African Rift of the Great Rift Valley.

There are many geological, climatic and other environmental consequences of being situated on this geographic fault line. From a photographic point of view the many ridges and sharp escarpments in the area provide opportunities for silhouette images and images with clear and uniform backgrounds. This image, showing the silhouetted outlines of giraffes against the setting sun, is a typical example.

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

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn