Zebra Foreplay by taffy

Zebra Foreplay

Our visit to Ngorogoro Crater presented a whole new range of photo ops as pairs of animals (zebra, lion, etc) did what came naturally. Mating season means many colts, cubs, calves this spring and summer.
Thanks for your amazing comments and response to the flamingo duo! It's great fun to be sharing our trip with you! All packed up and heading to the airport this afternoon. Several have asked about details of who organized our trip, etc. We worked with Amanda and Simbo at African Scenic Safari - https://www.africanscenicsafaris.com - and were VERY happy with their choices/support/guides. I 'found' them after a fair amount of research online so have no connection to them. All their info is online, and I'm happy to share our insights if anyone is planning to go. It's a photographer's dream trip!!
another fav - that button is getting a good work out
January 14th, 2019  
I keep using this word, but this is absolutely fantastic. I can't get enough of your shots from this trip.....and of course look forward to the flamingos!
January 14th, 2019  
Wow, fabulous
January 14th, 2019  
It looks so much greener than it does in this part of Africa - we've got a terrible drought. So wonderful to see natural animal behaviour and with such gorgeous background colours.
January 14th, 2019  
Wonderful capture
January 14th, 2019  
Fantastic fav.
January 14th, 2019  
Wow - just wow!
January 14th, 2019  
When I zoomed in on the pair I loved the expression on the face of the zebra on the rhs! Amazing to see this action so close! I was also surprised at how green the grass is. Are you going to make a book of your fabulous images Taffy? It will be a huge volume I think!
January 14th, 2019  
You must be so delighted with your images - they are superb. Fav
January 14th, 2019  
Great capture - you must be having the time of your life ! So this is what you call "necking " !! :)
January 14th, 2019  
FAVtastic :)
January 14th, 2019  
@beryl Haha!! Love your comment! And yes, it has been THE trip of a lifetime! I've never had such a great photo experience even with what I know have been amazing ones. And this wasn't even a photo trip, technically! And the timing was right -- really knowing my camera well and all I've learned on 365 made such a difference.
January 14th, 2019  
@pamknowler We're looking into one of those photo monitors that hang on the wall where the images change...could be fun that way.
January 14th, 2019  
Oh my gosh. As I have said this kind of trip would not be my cup of tea but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy your pictures which have been amazing.
January 14th, 2019  
@dibzgreasley @pamknowler This was in Ngorogoro Crater which is it's own unique ecosystem. Everywhere else - like on the Serengeti, we can see evidence of the drought. I'm guessing the rainy season can't come soon enough for folks here and it's still at least a month or more away. Lots of dry river beds, low lake water levels, etc.
January 14th, 2019  
Another truly amazing image. I'm putting this trip to the top of my bucket list!
January 14th, 2019  
fantastic shot
January 14th, 2019  
FAV!
January 14th, 2019  
@bella_ss You won't regret it! I have never been anywhere that was more fun for photography than this trip. And that's traveling with a non-photographer and not worrying at all about time of day and lighting. Our guide knew I was into photography and Jim wasn't and he totally balanced the trip -- watching for things he'd see for me (e.g., Taffy, look over there at xxx...I think it's a good photo) while noting things he thought Jim would find interesting about animal behavior. I had NO problem ending up with more photographs than I can process this year!!! I think there are advantages going in different seasons so if you aren't limited, ask the company (e.g., for me it was Amanda at African Scenic Safaris) about what various months provide in terms of photographic options. She knows what she's talking about. I hope you get to go soon!!
January 14th, 2019  
Great capture, what a trip!
January 14th, 2019  
Loved Ngorongoro and Serengeti, so much life everywhere. I just wonder if this foreplay or confrontation. Regardless, great shot!
January 14th, 2019  
@stefanotrezzi Foreplay on his part but she wasn’t interested. We thought she might have already been pregnant.
January 14th, 2019  
@taffy Thanks Taffy, so do I! I can't wait to see the rest of your photos!
January 14th, 2019  
They are fighting hard! One of the two could even be killed... those guys seem nice and peaceful but when it comes to mating, they become natural born killers. Personally witnessed with my donkeys!
January 14th, 2019  
Awesome capture, Taffy.
January 14th, 2019  
another wow. what an action shot - the way you have caught their heads - looking so engrossed and determined. And such razer sharp focus - as ever.
January 14th, 2019  
THIS is not a zoo scene! Your capture shows zebras in nature with background animals in a way most of us will never see. Wonderful.
January 14th, 2019  
what a delightful capture. such wonderful focus in those stripes
January 14th, 2019  
Unbelievable! You have outdone yourself here!
January 14th, 2019  
Absolutely brilliant and awesome on black! Fav
January 14th, 2019  
Wow, amazing capture, Taffy.
January 14th, 2019  
This is amazing, Taffy. Not only the capture of the zebra in action, but all those other animals in the background too. Superb.
January 14th, 2019  
Oh my...What a sensational capture, great clarity in this action shot :)
January 14th, 2019  
Wow, I just can't imagine how awesome your trip was.
January 14th, 2019  
super cool shot
January 14th, 2019  
Great action image, love how the wildebeest are just lazy lying in the background
January 14th, 2019  
Such striking animals & to see these two together like this is a priveledge.
January 14th, 2019  
Love Love Love This Fav!!!
January 14th, 2019  
.what a fantastic shot Fav
January 14th, 2019  
A awesome welltimed capture fav
January 14th, 2019  
Fantastic!!
January 14th, 2019  
Super shot. Not just some exotic animals but real action and good composition too. Fav.
January 14th, 2019  
Wonderful Capture.
January 14th, 2019  
great capture...such amazing animals
January 14th, 2019  
Wonderful shot
January 14th, 2019  
Wow! Great action shot! There's something so primitive about it.
January 15th, 2019  
It must be an incredible experience to see these animals in their natural environment, this is a great shot.
January 15th, 2019  
Perfectly captured frisky moment!
January 15th, 2019  
What a fabulous action shot Taffy, what can I say except fav??
January 15th, 2019  
Amazing! Love the stripes!
January 15th, 2019  
Wonderful
January 15th, 2019  
amazing action shot! such amazing opportunities your've captured beautifully. fav.
January 15th, 2019  
Fantastic shot! It is so much greener than when I was there in September
January 15th, 2019  
all of your photos are beautiful, but the ones from this trip are really amazing! Fav
January 15th, 2019  
Your photos are always amazing. This one also has an amazing background - what a variety of animals to appear in one photo!! :)
January 15th, 2019  
Wonderful!! Fav
January 15th, 2019  
wow!
January 15th, 2019  
Great timing. Lovely shot.
January 16th, 2019  
Wonderful! Thanks for all of the travel tips, too.
January 16th, 2019  
Loving all of these! FAVTASTIC
January 16th, 2019  
never saw so many animals in the Ngorgoro Crater! Just the right moment on the right place
January 16th, 2019  
Such a great capture, Taffy. What a great trip you took and got to see so much. fav
January 25th, 2019  
A fantastic sight!
February 2nd, 2019  
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