Magical Masai Mara
09:23 , January 28, 2011
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Magical Masai Mara

Here's my final report from the African safari just before Christmas. Our last stop was Masai Mara, where we checked out a camp we planned to use as a base for future photo safaris to this area. And yes, our expectations were definitely met!

Our small aircraft flew directly from the Samburu to Masai Mara, passing the equator on our way south. We only had two available photography days in this park, which is very short. But, again we were organized and effective so we got many great wildlife encounters and images. The location of this camp was perfect, with wildlife all around, so it was easier to be a photographer than in my earlier experiences in Masai Mara.

To sum it up, we had a great time during our 48 hour stay in the Masai Mara, with Black Rhino, 2 visits to a hyena den with small cubs, 3 Cheetah encounters, 1 Leopard, 20+ Lions (with four matings), 1 Caracal!, thousands of antelopes, large crocodiles, lots of raptors, and much more. The most important for me as a photographer however, was the great light and shooting conditions we had.

For those who want to experience something similar to this safari, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Wildebeest during the migration, there will be two photo safaris to this area in September 2011. See more info HERE

OJL

 

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) with cub in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Spotted Hyena with cub. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/2500 sec, f/5,0 and ISO 800. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Spotted Hyena. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/640 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 2000. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Spotted Hyena cubs. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1250 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 2500. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Spotted Hyena. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1600 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 2000. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Cheetah family group. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/500 sec, f/5,6 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Cheetah. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/640 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 2000. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Cheetah. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/250 sec, f/5,0 and ISO 2000. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Cheetah. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/5 sec, f/5,0 and ISO 800. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Lion (Panthera leo) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Lion. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/2000 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Lion (Panthera leo) in Masai Mara (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Male lion in early morning light. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1250 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

 (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Lioness close-up. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1250 sec, f/7,1 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Lion (Panthera leo) in Masai Mara (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Just before mating. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/2000 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Lion (Panthera leo) mating in Masai Mara (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Lion mating. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1600 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Lion. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0 + 1,4X Extender, 1/2500 sec, f/5,6 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Zebras. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/2500 sec, f/5,6 and ISO 2500. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Zebra in evening dust. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0 + 1,4X Extender, 1/2500 sec, f/5,6 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Paning Zebra. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/10 sec, f/18 and ISO 250. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Plains zebra (Equus quagga) in Masai Mara, Kenya (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Zebra. Nikon D3S with 600/4.0 + 1,4X Extender, 1/1250 sec, f/5,6 and ISO 1600. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Small Lizard (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Small lizard in Masai Mara. Nikon D3X with 105/2.8 Macro, 1/250 sec, f/4,5 and ISO 500. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

 

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) in Masai Mara (Ole Jørgen Liodden)
Black Rhino just outside our camp !! Nikon D3S with 600/4.0, 1/1000 sec, f/8,0 and ISO 800. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION, BUY A PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE.

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    Hei!  For en opplevelse dette må ha vært.   Jeg er imponert over hvor mye du klarer å få til, tenker at det er jammen lang vei fra Energigården, til dette her… Men du har klart det på bare få år.  Bildene dine gir iallefall meg lyst til å oppleve dette en dag.  Virkelig flott. 
    Ha en fin dag.
    G

  2. admin says:

    Takker for det, Gjermund!
    Når man satser målbevisst på noe så er det også lettere at man lykkes med det. Når det gjelder foto er det også viktig å ikke slite ute familien og i tillegg ha et bra team i ryggen..

  3. Suman Nayak says:

    Great Shots. My favorite pic is the one with the cheetah playing with its tail. 

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Suman

    I also like the Cheetah image :-)

  5. woaychee says:

    amazing photos!

  6. Svein Olav Steinmo says:

    Hei ! Igjen må jeg bare si utrolig flotte bilder av nydelige dyr. Tror det er vanskelig å forestille seg hvilken opplevelse dette må være. Vanskelig å velge, men det tredje gepard-bildet er min favoritt :)
    Svein Olav

  7. John Kim says:

    Awesome, love the orange skies. But I think I'll stick to Animal Kingdom in Disney World.

  8. Inspirational photography. I took a lot of my photographs in South Africa though my camera a Canon  EOS 300D is a bit dated now!  I would love to go to Botswana to Okavango Delta. Your photographs are amazing and I aspire to take photos like you one day! Can you recommend a good semi professional camera to get please?

  9. admin says:

    Thanks Kate

    As a Canon shooter you should look at the 7D, or you can look at the Nikon D7000. Both cameras are semi professional cameras…

    OJL

  10. Superlative work! greetings from Kenya :)

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