The lions of Masaii Mara

This will be difficult, in part, because we ran into a couple of lionesses with their cubs several times.  Babies, two legged or four legged, are always hard to resist.

But first is this big guy we found on our way to the river.  Everyone had hurried to the river because the expectation was that wildebeest were going to cross.

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Look at those flies! 

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He walked away very slowly…

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We found him on our way back.  He had moved maybe a 100 yards.  That is one full belly!

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Cubs first.  Again, this was just before sunset so their colors are nearly golden.

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There were two lionesses..

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They do enjoy their mutual grooming.

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The following day…

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This cub is hard to see but it was very tiny, only a few weeks old.  Mom quickly appeared, picked it up and put it back in the bushes.

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Those boys… doing what they do best!

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This was a pride we came across early one morning.  They had killed and fed during the night.  Close by was a small herd of buffalo.  We could see what was left of a carcass.  And because the buffalo were hanging around, we figured the kill must have been a buffalo calf.  One lion and lioness were laying quietly off to one side.  Another lioness and some cubs eventually wandered into a dense thicket.  Then an injured lion came over the hill.  He walked with a limp.  But his movement got the buffalo stirred up and the big bull chased that lion until he disappeared in the thicket.  That made these two rather nervous.  Eventually, the bull charged these two.  However, because there were so many vehicles around, the bull backed off, but not before the lion had a major fit.

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That’s it on the lions.  Cheetahs next, and that’s it on the Mara.

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3 thoughts on “The lions of Masaii Mara

  1. Wow, you really did great catching the flies off the lion\’s face in mid-air. That was so neat! I loved them all, but the gorgeous golden almost-sunset shots were especially spectacular.

  2. What beautiful light you have captured the lions in. I think the only animal that can beat a male lions beauty in my eyes is the leopard.Love them all and think I may have photographed your very young cub as it was feeding from it\’s mum a couple of weeks after you.

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