Maasai Mara… the end!

These lions and lions in the previous entry that are out in the open are all members of the marsh pride.  Anyone who has watched Big Cat Diaries would be familiar with this pride.  That was quite a while ago and it has, of course, seen many changes in those years.

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Lots more mating lions around.

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These old boys have seen a number of cat fights in their lives.  Their faces show it.  The second one has a fresh scratch on his face.  It is likely due to some of the boys in a pride fighting to gain the privilege of mating.

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You can see this lion’s right eye has been damaged, most certainly in a fight at some point.  I’m pretty sure our guide said he still had vision in that eye.

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It’s so reassuring to see all these lions so well fed and healthy.

A couple of tawny eagles (or steppe eagles.. can’t really tell, again).  The tawny eagles range in color from dark to light.DPP_11989

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This one is definitely a tawny.

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Love pelicans.  Also yellow billed stork and grey heron.

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Little pied kingfisher.  There’s always one or more kinds of kingfisher around water.

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Elephants are around but certainly not as plentiful as they are in Amboseli.  And this harsh light makes them difficult to photograph.

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Kori bustard strutting around as usual.

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And the secretary bird… I have yet to see one catch anything.

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And more mating!  This time Thompson’s gazelles.

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The eland which is the largest but also seem to be the most spooky.  This is the end you see most often.

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Warthogs doing their running away thing..

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Love lots of zebra stripes going different directions.

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This is another lioness with a couple of  cubs younger than the other six.  But first I found a few more of the six playing with mom that I missed.  Her patience is admirable! 

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These smaller cubs were kept apart from the rest of the pride.  At one point she was visited by another member of the pride.  At first she displayed affection and the usual greeting between members of the same pride.  Then she seemed to decide that was enough and started snarling and hissing at the other.  It seemed like she welcomed the company but didn’t want her around her cubs.

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Here is when mom started showing mixed feelings about the visitor.

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Looks like the cubs are watching the show.  Where’s the popcorn?

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We found this cheetah with three cubs.  They aren’t very young but cubs nonetheless.  I still haven’t ever seen little cheetah cubs.

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They had bloody faces so mom was cleaning up.  They had recently finished a meal.  One day I hope to see a cheetah running at top speed.

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There are slight differences in these next three but I’ve looked at so many photos over the last few weeks, I haven’t got the energy to decide.  So I stuck in all three.

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And this is really the end!

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2 thoughts on “Maasai Mara… the end!

  1. What a wonderful trip you had. You must have come home on an absolute high. Great lion photos, I just love the interaction between mum and her cubs and the scars on the old boy. Did your guide tell you the name of the male with the injured eye? We saw this pride when we were last there. At the time one of the females had lost her eye in a fight.

    Magnificent tawny eagle photos and like you, I love the stripes off the zebras and all the directions the stripes go.

    I am so glad you had a great trip and with what’s in the news currently in Nairobi, I am sure you are pleased you are home safely.

    Thanks for the great effort in getting your photos up so quickly to view.

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