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Giraffes Necking

January 31, 2020

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY    "Timeless Ballet"

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Teenagers of all species have different methods of establishing their societal hierarchy, in other words, their ranking. These young Masai Giraffe males are performing an ancient dance called necking. At the start it involves just leaning and pushing against each other, but later involves head butting and body slamming, each trying to dodge the opponents blows while preparing for their counterblows. This is a long, slow process, with no immediate winner.

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 286mm, exposure of 1/640 sec at f8, ISO 125, handheld.

Chinese Cheetahs

December 20, 2019

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY    "Chinese Cheetahs"

Mara North Conservancy, Kenya

The Mara North Conservancy is owned and managed by local herders, who give the 11 lodges within the conservancy exclusive access to guide visitors within the conservancy. However, there are several main roads that pass through, so you often see local cars and supply trucks passing by while you are photographing wildlife. Motorcycles, usually cheap versions from China, are permitted on the main roads.

Since they are often seen speeding along the rough gravel roads, the guides call them "Chinese Cheetahs".

Canon 1DX Mark II, EF100-400mm f4-5.6 II lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/250 sec at f7.1, ISO 500, handheld.