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Have recently returned from the Serengeti and couldn't think of a better way of getting back in the saddle and doing what I love after suffering a bad retinal detachment in my left eye.
Fortunately I still had my viewfinder eye to see the splendor & beauty of the Serengeti during a particular heavy rainy season.

Here are some of my favorites, hope you enjoy them.

Lamai storm King
The Lamai pride male poses to the backdrop of an amazing storm front
Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti- TZ.

Nikon Z9
Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8
1/800s
f/6.3
ISO500@ 96mm.









Let it rain, let it rain!

Often the best time for a Cheetah to hunt is right in the middle of a downpour. Most game will turn their backs against the wind & rain, and all approaching sounds are deafened.
Here this adult male Cheetah called Mpaka was in luck and was soon to be feasting on a sub adult Warthog.

Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

1/100s

f/6.3

ISO110@ 560mm.








I love my bacon!

Mpaka's reward, a sub adult Warthog she patiently waited 90 mins for.

Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

1/500s

f/4

ISO5000@ 560mm.









Young Black Rhino bull

Standing proud against the beautiful vista that is the African savanna.

Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8

1/1000s

f/5.6

ISO400@ 200mm.










Looking into the New Year

I'm a bit late........but wishing everyone all the very best for a bright and happy 2024!

Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

1/1600s

f/4

-0.3EV

ISO560@ 560mm.









Leopardess sunset

A new leopardess has taken over a territory in this part of Northern Serengeti bringing with her a daughter of around 15 mths.

Here Moma poses on a kopje (rock) to the backdrop of another glorious Serengeti sunset.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

1/320s

f/2.8

ISO2000









The Fast and the Furious!

Impala slow pan 1/15s


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8

f/20

1/15s

ISO140








Moving day

A mother carries the first of her 4, eight week old cubs to a new den location, she will do this every few days to a week to avoid predators being aware via sights & smells.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

f/4

1/800s

ISO160








On dawn patrol

A big mature male Leopard strides confidently through the grassland plains of Lamai watched over by a vigilant Thompsons Gazelle in the background. His tail is up & curled, sending out a message "not hunting....just passing through!" 😉
Lamai Wedge, Northern Serengeti- TZ.


Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z400TC f/2.8

f/4

1/800s

ISO140







Leopardess with freshly caught Oribi

A real privilege to witness this mother stalk and take down an adult male Oribi, one late evening.
As often with hunting, it happened @ dusk, with zero chance of getting worthwhile (action) images. She did however grant us this fine image of her proudly displaying her talents as one of the top ultimate African predators.

Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8

f/2.8

1/200s

-2 EV

ISO1800








The following early morning our huntress repositions her Oribi kill.

Nikon Z9

Nikkor Z70-200 f/2.8

f/4

1/1600s

ISO320




Cheers

Marc



Jan 18, 2024 at 02:28 PM
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Marc, what a wonderful experience to have for a lifetime. These are well seen and captured and it looks like the Z9 did right by you! Only those who have experienced issues with vision can really appreciate what you have experienced and captured. Beautiful and congrats!

Mary



Jan 18, 2024 at 04:21 PM
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Fantastic

Phil



Jan 18, 2024 at 04:36 PM
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Fantastic set Mark. You had a scary experience and I'm glad you are recovering.

Voting!

Morris



Jan 18, 2024 at 04:53 PM
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Marc,
I'm pretty much in awe of this set of images -- great work!
I promise you that if that first image was mine, it would end up a 40X60 Canvas print somewhere on my wall.

What's the current status on your detached retina -- hopefully healing?
I had a partial detachment a few years back, and thankfully the laser surgery to repair it was very successful -- I pray that yours is mending as well.

Greg



Jan 18, 2024 at 05:32 PM
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All are worth an exhibition, Marc!
Douglas



Jan 18, 2024 at 06:18 PM
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These are extraordinary !!!! What an absolutely jaw dropping set. Sorry to hear about your vision issue, wishing you well.

Birdie



Jan 18, 2024 at 09:01 PM
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Marc, what an extraordinary set of images, I’m in awe of your talents!

YGMV, Bob



Jan 18, 2024 at 11:11 PM
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Superb ! Can't pick a favorite. All so well done.
Gary



Jan 19, 2024 at 07:40 AM
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Many thanks Greg
Have just had my final operation on my return and the eyesight in my left eye is almost back to what it was before the detachment, the full repair time can take up to 12 months,
so it's been a huge relief!



Jan 19, 2024 at 04:01 PM
 


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It's just amazing!! what a beautiful set..

John



Jan 19, 2024 at 04:29 PM
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Excellent series!!

Jon



Jan 19, 2024 at 05:00 PM
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What a beautiful picture set of images Marc. Nicely detailed, they are all great. I’m glad your eye is bouncing back. As we advance in age you really learn to appreciate good health.

Dave



Jan 19, 2024 at 05:57 PM
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Not bad for a one eyed guy. Think of all you missed in the left periphery😏
Really happy your vision has mostly returned…you’re a good patient and had a fabulous surgeon too.
This set is quite extraordinary…but I’ve felt that about lots of your images.
YGMV
Eric



Jan 19, 2024 at 08:36 PM
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Terrific photos--and glad to read that your vision is on its way back. Scary!


Jan 19, 2024 at 10:20 PM
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Beautiful, evocative, photography, technically strong too.

It must be hard with the eye, sending you courage and good karma to get better soon.



Jan 20, 2024 at 02:16 PM
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These are amazing images that inspire me to want to do go Africa even more.

J.R.



Jan 20, 2024 at 02:55 PM
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Cheers Eric, many thanks!

eyelaser wrote:
Not bad for a one eyed guy. Think of all you missed in the left periphery😏
Really happy your vision has mostly returned…you’re a good patient and had a fabulous surgeon too.
This set is quite extraordinary…but I’ve felt that about lots of your images.
YGMV
Eric


After my last successful operation, having full periphery back comes in very handy for driving!



Jan 21, 2024 at 05:00 PM
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mjgphotoz wrote:
Marc, what a wonderful experience to have for a lifetime. These are well seen and captured and it looks like the Z9 did right by you! Only those who have experienced issues with vision can really appreciate what you have experienced and captured. Beautiful and congrats!

Mary



Phil Seu wrote:
Fantastic

Phil


Thank's very much Mary & Phil, greatly appreciated.




Jan 25, 2024 at 06:12 PM
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Beautiful set of images!

Dave



Jan 25, 2024 at 08:02 PM
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