Maasai Mara animals

Now that I am back to faster internet, here’s some photos of animals that we saw that I had not posted and some closer shots taken with the zoom lens on the loaner Canon.

A Lappet-faced vulture, the largest species of vulture in the Maasai Mara.



Tortoise, leopard tortoise, I think:


Above, guinea fowl which were often sitting on the road as we drove up and would move at the last second. Can’t believe we never ran over one.

Scott’s favourite photo:


Below a dwarf mongoose:


And these are banded mongoose, mongooses, mongeese?:


Above a Cape buffalo that ran a fake charge at us. (Still scared me even if it was a feint!) They kill more humans than any other animal. Even a old bull looks scary:


A lone male lion, 4 years old, and about ready to start looking for his own pride as he’s been seen and heard across a wide range in the area and showing off by chasing hyenas.


Below, two jackals:



Above, a colourful bird that I cannot recall the name. Below, a baby elephant.



The leopard, the top is when we saw him in the evening, the second as he is climbing down from the tree in the morning and third is when he was walking in the bush checking for more prey and a place to rest during the day. Below is a bushbuck that saw the leopard and stood frozen until the leopard moved on.



A mother lion with her cub hiding behind her. She’s watching other lions in the distance and avoiding them.

Some older cubs, about 3 months old, enjoying the morning sun:


A starling, name I can’t recall, but quite iridescent feathers on its back:

We saw this cheetah:


We then found her later with a kill, a baby Grant’s gazelle:


Something startled her and she started growling, notice her hackles are up:


Turned out to be a scrub hare. You have to look really hard to see its one eye and two ears on the ground in the middle of this bush slightly to the right:



Above, more mating lions. Below, a redbuck, a small impala, that sees the lions (It’s in the middle. a very tiny darker brownish spot.) There’s a second redbuck in the bush in the lower left corner; the lioness wanted to hunt them but the male want to continue mating so was standing around making himself obvious to all the prey:



The female started a run at the redbucks but they had been watching her so easily ran off. The lioness moved off up the hill with the male following, still interested in only one thing.

We saw these two lion cubs. The mother was trying to move them from some bushes on a hill to a new spot across the open plain into another bunch of bushes on another hill. The vehicle scared the cubs and they started running away from their mother back to the bushes they came from:unadjustednonraw_thumb_13cfaunadjustednonraw_thumb_13cfeunadjustednonraw_thumb_13cff

Meanwhile, we could hear a third cub calling but refusing to leave the bushes. The mother eventually convinced the cubs to turn around and follow her to their new home.



Some lions sunning on a rock, part of the same pride as the mother with the cubs, on the hill where she took her cubs:


Below are topi, related to wildebeests, but much smarter, of course, almost everything is smarter than a wildebeest. They have darker colour on their rear legs and yellowish near their feet so are described as wearing blue jeans and yellow socks. The topi are very alert and frequently stand on termite mounds to get a better view.


Above a ground hornbill, a large bird that feeds on insects, snakes, and small mammals.

Below a lilac breasted roller, which has amazing colour when in flight, but of course, this one did not want to fly when I was waiting to take a photo:


A group of 4 sisters, one was eating a wildebeest, another drinking from a spring:


On our last afternoon safari, we saw a Thompson’s gazelle stored up a tree about 50 metres from the bridge where we leave the camp.



As we drove around to see if we could see the leopard, and found another kill, a baby wildebeest:


This was stored in the bushes right below tent 4 at our camp:


We started our evening safari by returning to the wildebeest and saw the leopard having his dinner.

I never managed to photograph a dik-dik, the smallest antelope. They would come next to our tent during siesta time but if I moved to try to get close, they would dart away. We also saw a cliff springer, another small antelope that runs on rocks in gullies so escapes because predators can’t follow. I could not photograph them because they also were too fast. We saw a huge cackle of hyenas during our night safari including a very young black cub and some older grey cubs.

And there were tons of birds that I did not manage to photograph and many that I cannot now recall their names.

We only saw one snake, a puff adder, luckily, it was dead:


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