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Masai Mara - September 2011

In September 2011 we travelled to Kenya’s Masai Mara to witness the great migration. There were certainly large herds of wildebeest, zebra and other antelopes but it was the big cats that captured our hearts.

Our thanks to Brian at Freeman Safaris - his camp made an ideal and comfortable base in the heart of the plains.

An eland gets a visit from a red-billed ox-pecker

The serval is like a domestic cat on stilts - very tall and thin

Rhino straight ahead !

Rhino on the run

Young marsh pride lion cub resting with mum

Black-backed jackal cubs playing

Leopard on the run

Sunset on the Mara plains

Cheetahs often sit on or near termite mounds for better views across the flat plains

A rare sighting of a nocturnal animal out in the middle of the day - an aardvark

An African wildcat relaxes by a termite mound in the late evening sunshine

This is no time for a dip - hippos frequent the river by the camp

Mum takes 3 young lion cubs for a walk

A couple of the cubs are playful

After the long walk the cubs are tired

Hyaena family

Young hyaena

Banded mongoose

A lioness starts to stalk

A male lion rests in the early dawn light, then starts a hackle-raising roar

During courtship a male lion bites a female’s tail - but it doesn’t seem to turn her on !

3 cheetah brothers

The 3 brothers wander the plains

One of the cheetah brothers catches his breath before stalking lunch

The cheetah puts on a nonchalant “I’m not hungry” air and gets remarkably close to the wildebeest

Animals scatter as the cheetah brings down a wildebeest

A head-on approach ends in eye to eye contact

Wildebeest form big groups and have several false starts before crossing in earnest

Pandemonium breaks out as wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river

More wildebeest arrive, eager to make the crossing

A leopard walks purposefully among the rocks

A close encounter - a little disconcerting when you’re lying on the floor of a jeep with no door !

Leopards are often sighted last thing in the evening