Kenya: Samburu To Lake Nakuru

With a nearly 600 km drive ahead of us we wanted to get on the road early with the intention of getting a morning game drive in as we departed Samburu for Lake Nakuru.  Patricks’s ever watchful vigil paid off as he spotted a leopard moving in the brush.  Within minutes there were vehicles everywhere looking for the leopard.  Patrick calmly took us away from the hubbub and right into position to make a few quick images of the leopard as she passed  by.  It was a short but, oh so precious moment…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

It was only fitting to end our time in Samburu National Preserve withs a final image of an elephant and her very young calf passing by.  We simply sat there and enjoyed the sights, the sounds, the moment…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

Farewell ele’s and to Oria, Ian and the rest of the wonderful people who make Elephant Watch Safari Camp so special.  Our time in Samburu was memorable and the friendships we made are something to cherish.  Good luck ele’s and to Save The Elephants in their difficult battle to keep poachers from killing these wonderful creatures.  I know that I will continue to help in any way I can through my voice and my images.

Our journey continued on for most of the day with a short break to stretch our legs and have lunch at Thompson Falls…

Nikon D800, AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

 

We arrived at Lake Nakuru in the early evening to rain showers.  We took what little light we had and went exploring for a short game drive.  The water is HIGH!  All the fresh water has prevented the algae from blooming which in turn has driven the flamingos away.  That’s the downside.  The upside was that the higher water drew in lot’s of other birds that aren’t as common nor as easy to photograph with the high water bringing them right up to the road.  I like the moody feel of this Yellow-billed Stork posing while the raindrops made rings in the water…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 Vr with TC-14E II

 

So, while we had to raise our ISO to handle the low light the rain made the colors saturated.  The fur on this Waterbuck was rich in color and the diffused light made all the colors soft and muted…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

As if the increased saturation from the rain and the soft light wasn’t enough, the warm colors of the Impala contrasted beautifully with the green foliage…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC-20E III

 

I was delighted to find more Olive Baboons in the overcast light.  It’s so much easier to see their eyes with soft light.  This guy had a badly injured hand and held it up as if to show it to me…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

We were even fortunate enough to see our first two White Rhino (we would see 31 during our time at Lake Nakuru) with overcast once again being good light to show off the texture of their skin…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR

 

Poor Patrick had to endure the rain coming through the hatches and soaking him.  We were all soaked but Bruce and I were shooting, moving around, having a great time and Patrick was sitting there freezing in the cold rain.  But he was a trooper and stuck it out to the very end…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR

 

We have all day tomorrow at Lake Nakuru.  Stay tuned.