Wildlife Photographer Richard Costin selfie with Lions behind

04, Cheetahs and more Hyena – Africa live 2013

Hi all!

Hopefully I have now found a groove for the blog posts which I now write in my tent after the group have all retired from the dinner table for the evening and then press the upload button out on the plains during out breakfast where the signal is decent.

Fantastic so far, the group is stuffed full of great people which makes all the difference, with the welcome return of Russ and Mandy from last year too! We have been working Daniel and Joseph, my regular guides and friends hard, and as usual they have come up the goods and alongside myself we have got some great images. All the regulars at Kicheche camp as well as some new faces have been amazing too, it was also great to finally meet the camp co-owner Paul the other week back in London after giving a great talk on his Polar Bear experiences, he has a very infectious energy which really gets you cooking!

I am posting now 2 days behind, having just had our best day yet, but that is for tomorrow!! Today you get to see the fruits of our labour from Monday. We had some fantastic light on a local Cheetah who has now finally fed after 3 failed attempts to feed her and her two cubs as well as visiting the Hyena den again.

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 We always head out early with the aim of finding gorgeous cats in gorgeous light. It doesn’t always work, but it often does and when it does it is great!

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We watched this mother trying so hard all day to feed her cubs and herself, looking very hungry and determined. Late in the day we heard over the bush radio that she finally got a good meal after we saw 3 failed hunts.

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Lovely cat, lovely light!

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A female from the local Acacia pride, with a few “friends”

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The Acacia pride paid us a close visit. Daniel, Joseph and myself always try to read the behaviour, predict the movements and be in position in advance. The result is often a relaxed cat that has come to us and feels no stress. As you can see this pays off with them being totally at ease with us, enough so that we get a whiff of their breath! There is no threat from either side here and it is all very relaxed, although you do get a much higher sense of the power of these animals when they are this close!!

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I am not a macro guy, but the close focusing of the excellent Nikon 200-400 allows for some interesting options and I always keep an eye out for it. Ahem….

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Back at our Hyena den, with the pups up to no good as usual!

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One challenge when photographing the pups is keeping certain… erm… details out of frame. Here is an example of when I didn’t manage that. This is, however, an important part of their social interaction. In particular in how they greet each other around the den.

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Myself and Mike from the group, ran a quick test from our cameras of a sunset time-lapse for a full attempt later in the week. This is a still with the full video to be posted upon my return to broadband speeds in the UK.

Well that’s it for tonight, thank you so much for stopping by. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments and I will try to respond promptly given the restraints here! I love to get your feedback and it really makes the later bed time due to preparing these posts worthwhile.

Rich.

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