Three cubs

Not more than a couple of months old!

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Tawny eagle landing

I didn’t realise tawnys are into scavenging until I saw this bird descend upon a group of hooded vultures ripping away at a dead impala

 

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Plum-backed starling

My favourite starling of all time!

 

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The moonlit island

Mumbo Island is an eco-island resort in Lake Malawi, a huge expanse of fresh water that houses the highest number of cychlid species in the world. I took this photograph on a clear moonlit night, when the moon was a ghostly galleon…

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The endless migration

We’d heard so much about this wonder of nature, and had such high expectations, that I was sure we’d be disappointed. Not so! The wildebeest and zebra extended to the horizon in all directions, trudging along on this ancient rite of passage. No wonder this particular wildebeest seems so weary!

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The one that stayed behind

Lake Nakuru is famous for its million-strong lesser flamingo population. However, the lake has mysteriously been steadily increasing in size since April 2013 (it now actually reaches the gates of the national park), reducing in the salinity so badly needed by the algae that these flamingos feed on. There were therefore very few left behind when I visited recently.

 

 

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Serengeti sunrise

We’d set out early, in search of a wild dog den rumoured to be in the region. We didn’t see the dogs, but were amazed by this sunrise. Don’t miss the giraffe!

 

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It’s a lizard’s life

I’d followed this woodlands kingfisher all afternoon, with it allowing me to come within 2 meters of it over time. It suddenly swooped off, returning a few seconds later with this lizard. It seemed to proudly show me its catch before gobbling it down!

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Cheetah with still-dying impala

We’d followed this cheetah (and her cub) for over an hour as she patiently closed in on a herd of impala, evidently narrowing down on this young animal, before she launched off on her sprint. The impala was still blinking when I took this photo, the blade of grass still in its mouth a testament to how quickly the hunt went.

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