August 19th 2017
Again we were nicely woken at 5:30am by our Masai who brought coffee and some cookies. At 6:15 we met again with Eric at the jeep and looked for a new location for a new sunrise:
Due to the light morning mist the lighting mood was completely different again. Afterwards we drove to the Mara River to see if a river crossing (the famous river crossing of the big herds of wildebeest and zebra) was to be expected. Unfortunately there were no larger groups there, so that at least on this day a crossing was not to be expected. We had breakfast again under the open sky directly on the banks of the Mara River.
Highlight of the morning game drive were two handsome lion brothers, which we could observe for more than 1 1/2 hours. In the beginning they did what cats love to do most: they lay in the grass and slept.
So that they did not get any compression marks, they repositioned themselves every few minutes, otherwise very little happened at first. But finally they were obviously so annoyed by us that they stood up after all, some nice photo motives resulted.
With the heat increasing at midday we returned to the camp where Obi was waiting for us for lunch.
In the afternoon at 16:00 we met again at the jeep and Eric asked what we wanted to see today. Just for fun I said “A leopard would be nice”, whereupon Eric drove straight to a small forest and slowly drove around searching. And indeed, he finally found a female leopard - incredible.
Unfortunately she only showed up for a short time and then disappeared again in the forest. Since it was already late, we looked again for a beautiful place for our sunset.
After sunset and already on the way back to the camp Eric discovered two young leopards on a bank slope, probably the offspring of the female leopard we had seen before. Unfortunately, it was already very dark in the dusk after sunset, nevertheless, still some presentable pictures could be taken:
The pictures were taken after sunset with my 400mm lens at an aperture of 3.2, exposure times of 1/40 and 1/50 seconds and ISO 4000 or 6400 with the lens lying on a bean bag. It is unbelievable what is possible with modern cameras!
Back at the camp we met after a short refreshment at the campfire for a gin & tonic, afterwards we had again a very tasty dinner under the open sky.