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Andrwe Bazeley
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It is said that there are close to 1 million wildebeest, along with 200,000 zebra, that migrate from Northern Tanzania into Kenya looking for grass and water. And at birthing time, roughly 200,000 calves are dropped in a period of about ten days -- this short birthing period is to overwhelm the many predators, many of whom just stand ther waiting for a calf to drop and them immediately snatching it. But of the 200,000 calved, the vast majority survive. Truly get an appreciation for the wildebeest, or Gnu's, for their critical place in the ecosystem of the Serengeti plains -- from cutting the grass to providing a good nutritious warm meal to all of the large cats and other predators like hyenas, jackals, vultures and my personal favorite, the marabou stork.

The pano was a stitch of four photos taken with the 600mm. Reason that I did not grab the 70-200 to get it all in in a single shot is because we had been sitting on a pair of mating lions when the beest freight train rolled in. And it looked real promising that we would see some good predation at relatively close range - so wanted to keep the big gun at hand. Problem was that big Leo there hadn't had any in at least 20 minutes, and wouldn't leave the missus alone. Even though she tried to get him to just lie down in the long grass and go invisible to the beests so that she could crouch down and start to stalk them. But he wouldn't stop pestering her. And so he missed out on a good meal and sex to boot. Sound familiar guys?

All the best, Andrew





Serengeti, Tanzania, Nikon D3X, VR 600mm f/4G, f/7.1 @ 1/1250, Iso 400









Jan 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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Andrwe Bazeley wrote:
we had been sitting on a pair of mating lions when the beest freight train rolled in.




The first photo is wonderful, but mostly I'm amazed that you sat on mating lions. They're considerably more tolerant than I'd thought.



Jan 21, 2012 at 04:18 PM
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The first photo is wonderful, but mostly I'm amazed that you sat on mating lions. They're considerably more tolerant than I'd thought.

Yes -- done it many times actually -- the trick is that you have to sneak up on them from behind and jump on just as the male comes to climax -- they don't even know you're there.



Jan 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Wildebeest S-Curve


Sweet pano

Howard



Jan 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
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Love that first shot Andrew ~ Ron


Jan 21, 2012 at 08:58 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Wildebeest S-Curve


stunning panorama, love it.


Jan 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Wildebeest S-Curve


Great shot on #1 nice pano


Jan 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
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Hi Andrew,

I donít know which is better the story or the panorama. Together there terrific!

Morris



Jan 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
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Great shots especially #1.
Harsha



Jan 21, 2012 at 09:28 PM
 

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Great shots especially #1.

Hi Harsha -- #2 was not a keeper for me -- just threw it in to show the horney duffus who blew it.



Jan 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
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very nice Andrew


Jan 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
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Great pano of the beasts.


Jan 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Wildebeest S-Curve


Nice pano and its not surprising the love sick couple ignored the wild beasts....pressing the lever to stimulate the pleasure center overwhelms the hunting instinct almost all of the time.
Great collection, this and your others...great vision!
Eric



Jan 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Wildebeest S-Curve


Super pano. The wildebeest migration is truly an unforgettable experience. Don


Jan 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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NIce job of a pano on a moving target!

Mark



Jan 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
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Great collection, this and your others...great vision! Eric

Thanks Eric -- really appreciate your comments. Andrew



Jan 25, 2012 at 05:25 AM
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Nice shot and great story, thanks for sharing.


Jan 25, 2012 at 05:30 AM





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