Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Masai Mara this week

Migration location in the Mara

Wildebeest at sunrise

Great Sunsets over the week
wildebeest at Sunrise

The eagle and leopard kill

This past few days has seen a lot happen in Masai Mara on the migration front. From my update last week, I mentioned that we anticipated a slow progress of the herds heading north due to the amount of grass in the way. However, what happened the last 5 days shows that nature acts beyond our predictions, such that there will always be something going behind our backs when we least expect.

The wildebeest and quite a few zebras headed due north from their location last week and arrived just south of Talek gate in two days. From here, the herds headed west to settle on the lower Burrungat plains, before splitting into two groups. Some animals crossed the Talek river north and others have been streaming west to the Mara river. For the last 2 days, a few hundred animals have crossed over to the Mara triangle. They have been crossing in two places north of look out hill.
There was also an exciting crossing at the lower Olkeju-Rongai when most animals crossed south towards look out hill. The river is almost dry, but seeing these animals rush through the river bed was exciting.

The week has been one of great photographic opportunity, with great sunset and sunrises the past three days. My favourite was just watching the sun set/rise with the wildebeest on the horizon. On a different sighting this week, I saw a leopard with kill up one of the balanites trees. She had a Thomson’s gazelle. When she came down to go to the water hole to drink, a daring bateleur eagle landed on the tree and proceeded to the carcass, where it tried frantically to feed on it. It was unfortunate as it had no where to stand well so as to feed.

Other great sightings over the week were those of lions, cheetah (Shakira) with cubs and other leopards.


1 comment:


The wildbeests arrived in big style...Great news.
Greta pictures as well, as always.

Cheers from,
Cassio & Alessandra.