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Big Cats can make you smile

Spent some quality time compiling some video footage taken in the past many years in Masai Mara for my YouTube Channel

We all know most of the Big Cats are lazy. As a still photographer most of the footage I had was full of sleeping cats. So this was the best I could do. Have a look and subscribe to my YouTube channel for regular updates on wildlife and photography.

Some highly inspirational Big Cats

A lion that can give you some self-care tips

Migration Photo Safari 2019 Field Update

My annual edition of migration photo safari in Masai Mara just ended. The migration this year has been awesome and the river crossings were phenomenal. Leopards were the key focus for my batches this year and we clocked 10 individuals in various areas of the park. The ever dramatic skylines of Mara along with the dramatic light kept the creativity going. A few lion, leopard and cheetah hunts kept the adrenal high making this years photo safari overall productive. Some key highlights were the 5 cheetahs trying to impress their female and a 3 month old leopard cub playing around with a warthog piglet and finally killing it (will be posting a photo series soon)

To join me for next years small group special migration photo safaris just drop us an email at info@naturewanderers.com

Here are glimpses of Masai Mara from the last month.

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Migration Week 4 & 5

Just returned home after wrapping up week 5 in Masai Mara as part of my annual migration photo safari marathon. Life had been hectic in the bush as week 4 started with the news of Bahati’s den being surrounded by lions. The brave mother shifted her cub to a safer den and our guests witnessed this wonderful moment of a leopard crossing a stream with her cub.

There were some good hunts during the period in the form a lioness pinning down a zebra and Kaboso’s young leopard cub playing around with a hare which he caught unexpectedly one morning. The weather in Masai Mara was superb during the period as we had some great sunrises and sunsets and we made the best use of light in the golden hours.

As I start preparing for a new tiger season that starts in a week, here are some images from the last fortnight to sum of the 2018 edition of Migration Uncut

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Migration 2018 – Week 2 & 3

It has been a tiring run of 14 day migration photo safaris in Masai Mara and hence I didn’t have time to update this space. The last fortnight has been interesting as we tracked and worked on Kaboso (the leopard) with her 2 cubs on multiple occasions. We were fortunate one evening to catch Amani (the cheetah) with her 3 young cubs as she has spending a lot of time in the conservancies outside the park but decided to venture in the park that evening. The marsh lion cubs were also under our constant radar but during our search for the cubs, we bumped into another lioness in the pride who revealed her 2 little secret fur balls and our guests got the first photo record of these tiny month old lion cubs.

Here are some images to sum up the entire fortnight. Gearing up for another fortnight in the African bush.

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Migration 2018 – Week 1

I just finished up an exhilarating week 1 at Migration Uncut 2018 with our guests in Masai Mara. As the river crossings are picking up pace slowly this year, we concentrated a lot on the two star leopard mothers – Bahati and Kaboso during these days. After days of tracking and planning we finally got some first photographic records of Bahati’s 15 day old cub day before yesterday and followed her again yesterday to observe some amazing behaviour with the little one.

Amongst other sightings we got couple of cheetah hunts and Kaboso hunting down a wildebeest. Not to miss some crocodile action in the Mara river as some zebras had a narrow escape while crossing the river.

Here are few of the many moments witnessed during the week. Am now preparing for the arrival of our next batch. Stay tuned to this space along with my Facebook and Instagram profile for the next 4 weeks for live updates from Masai Mara.

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Migration Uncut 2017 – Update 2

In the second phase of Migration Uncut 2017 photo safaris with me, we witnessed some amazing river crossings in the Mara river. Bahati made some superb appearances and Malaika and cubs gave some excellent photographic opportunities in the rain. One of the highlights was a sub adult cheetah trying to cross the Mara river. Fortunately he gave up as soon as he stepped in the water as the river was flowing at a rapid speed and there was no way it could cross.

Post Mara I took my guests to Bogoria and Samburu and millions of lesser flamingos greeted us in the lake. Samburu blessed us with some awesome leopard sightings and of course the endemic species like the reticulated giraffe and the gravy’s zebra.

Here are some images to summarise to fortnight. I am now gearing up for the start of the Indian photo safari season with tigers of Ranthambhore in October. Stay tuned to www.naturewanderers.com for more photo safaris at Corbett during the winters.

 

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Migration Uncut 2017 – Update 1

I am mid-way through the annual Masai Mara Migration Uncut 2017 photo safari series. The weather has been a bit erratic in the Mara this time but we have made making effective use of the low light, showers and the bits of sunrises and sunsets to create very dramatic images for our guests. Lions and cubs have been one of our key focus areas as the cubs at the Double cross are too small and tracking them have been a challenge. We have had multiple productive sessions with them. Looking forward to some good river crossings in the coming days as I wait for a fresh batch of guests from India.

 

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Countdown For Migration…

We are now in the migration season and as I gear up for my annual Masai Mara migration photo tour series, here is a recap of some memorable moments I have had in the Mara with our guests during the last 7 years of the Nature Wanderers Migration Uncut series.

From effective utilisation of morning and evening light situations to river crossings to hunt sequences, every day in Mara requires planning and I take this opportunity to thank all our guests over the past so many years for believing in me as their photography guide.

Looking forward to continuing more exciting adventures in August – September 2017.

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The Dark Namibian Nights

As the sun sets in Namibia, the open horizons and minimal light pollution gave way to a sparkling Milky Way and countless stars that dazzle the black night canvas. Such scenarios are perfect for  night photography and for experimentations with your wider focal lengths.

During the recent Nature Wanderers Namibia Photography Tour, here is how we spent some of our nights – scouting for locations during the day for making the best use of absolute darkness.

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Wild Namibia

Namibia – Land of spectacular scenery, where the red Kalahari and the breathtaking Namibia deserts meet, where ancient trees, incredible bird life, and a diversity of wildlife is found, where desert, marine, and open plain mammals, birds, reptiles, insects abound. From Sossusvlei to the vast Etosha, Namibia has everything that a wildlife photographer could wish for.

Nature Wanderers conducted a photographic expedition in Namibia where we took our guests for a memorable journey showcasing the unique biodiversity of Namibian deserts as we photographed the landscapes, night-scapes, miniature world and the iconic Southern African wildlife of this African wild treasure.

The highlight of our photography tour was the in-depth training sessions on photographing wildlife in the night and making optimum use of technology for the same.

Here are a few images we created in the last 15 days…


Migration Uncut 2017 – Pre-Bookings

The plans for the 2017 Migration Uncut photo safari series in Masai Mara are on. All you serious photography enthusiasts who wish to join me in my Aug-Sep 2017 Migration batches to witness the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara can please send me an email on shivang@naturewanderers.com


Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 4

We wrapped up week 4 at Migration Uncut 2016. The trans Mara is teaming with wildebeests and the yellows of the Savannah are sprayed with black dots stretching right up till the horizon. Such sights are visual treats during the migration season. The week saw some river crossings yet again and the crocs did have a good time in the Mara river. A cheetah at the doorstep of our camp kept us busy on a few mornings by sprinting across the grasslands in search of his breakfast. The highlight of the week was a good session with a leopard at Double Cross. The young female I photographed as a cub last year has shaped up quite well by occupying a territory close to her mother’s area. We caught her mating in August 2nd week and this week she stalked majestically one evening but failed to catch the gazelle she was targeting.

Here are a few images summarising week 4.

My bookings for Migration Uncut 2017 are open. Feel free to send me an email on shivang@naturewanderers.com to reserve a slot and be a part of the African photography fiesta.

 

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Migration Uncut 2016 – Week 1

It was a good start to our annual Masai Mara photo safaris as we are close to wrapping up week 1 of Migration Uncut 2016. We photographed some good river crossings, lion cubs and cheetah action this. The weather has been clear and we have had some great sessions with various subjects in the morning and evening light.

Leaving for a game drive now and sharing some images that wrap up this week.

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Migration UNCUT 2015 – Updates continued…

Post a hectic 13 hours a day grueling schedule in the African bush, the 2015 edition of our migration campaign in Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo came to an end. The last leg our Mara campaign gave us some great cheetah action, a few superb river crossings were halted because of brutal crocodile and lion assaults. The ofcourse continued making use of the morning and evening light searching for subjects that can make good images.

It was great to see a clear view of the Kilimanjaro when we landed in Amboseli and elephants against the backdrop of the majestic peak made it a perfect frame. I was particularly impressed with the dedication showed by my fellow photographers in Tsavo where they experimented with some unique perspectives of red elephants by burying themselves underground for 2 days. The tons of wide angle perspectives from Tsavo were a real treat for photography.

Here are some of the many moments witnessed in the past 10 days:

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Migration Uncut Season 5: Live updates from Mara

We are half way through the Canon – Nature Wanderers Migration UNCUT 2015 edition. Week after week we have been witnessing some amazing action right from some fabulous river crossings, leopard, lions and cheetah hunt sequences and some brilliant experimentations with light. We were quite successful hunting down the leopard with cubs in the Double Cross and Amani the cheetah with 4 young cubs on multiple occasions. Presenting some of the wonderful moments our participants have witnessed till now.

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“Raining” Cheetahs

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A great portfolio of cheetah cubs by the participants of Canon – Nature Wanderers Migration UNCUT 2015.

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Evening romance in Masai Mara

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Malaika and cubs

 

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Hanged till death… leopard with an impala kill in the main crossing area.

 

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African textures. Nature’s own monochrome…

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A cheetah running in full sprint.

 

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Impressions in African waters

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India was on our minds as we celebrated Independence day in Masai Mara

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Marching army of Wildebeest during Migration UNCUT Season 5

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One of the female cub quietly sneaked in while we were shooting and stole our bean bag

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It was a day for lions and we spent a very productive session with the Marsh pride experimenting with varied compositions and light conditions. Here is how we witnessed the setting sun during Canon – Nature Wanderers Migration UNCUT 2015

 

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Wildebeests march towards the Sand river in Masai Mara


The Great Migration 2013

The migration for 2013 had its ups and downs for river crossings that started early were disrupted because of rains. However the situation improved by the third week of August when I landed in Masai Mara along with a super enthusiastic group of shutterbugs as a part of the Nature Wanderers – Canon Migration Uncut photo tour. Having spent some focused days along side the Mara river where we witnessed some spectacular river crossings, the team spent multiple days with cheetah families and the full day sessions with the world’s fastest animal resulted in more than 8 hunt sequences over a period of 2 days.

Presenting some of the many moments witnessed during Migration 2013:

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Savannah Love

The Great Migration 2013

Rainbow Lion

Canon meets Cheetah

Sunrise Run

Survival Run

Sprinting Machine