Saturday, 1 November 2014

A glimpse of The Migration - 2

I used to think that photos like this had been manipulated as I couldn't imagine all those horns being so close together, but they aren't manipulated, it's really like that!

Some enter the water at a spot where they'd probably normally have a drink, but others are forced along the bank and down steep sides so they have to jump.   I imagine sometimes they hit a rock and are badly injured.   Sometimes they must hit another beast, forcing it under, and possibly causing it to drown.

It's no wonder that some try to turn back, but the sheer numbers of others pressing forward makes them turn and go for it!

It must still be a frightening experience for young ones who haven't done it before, and this young animal stayed near an older one, possibly it's mother.

The current seemed to be quite strong, pushing them down from where they entered.   Having a hippo in the mix can't have helped either!

Most made it, however, and struggled out.

Several Topi joined in the Crossing, and our guide said that this was unusual.  They seemed to swim strongly,

and were soon on the other side and heading out towards greener pastures!

This only shows a section of the animals that crossed!

The numbers has dropped right down, though a few stragglers were still plunging across.  We were feeling pleased that they all seemed to have made it without any being taken by crocodiles, when our guide noticed that the people in the vehicles parked across the river were all looking in the one direction in the river.

We looked down and notice this big male wildebeest with a crocodile attached.   The crocodile hadn't managed to grab the back leg so couldn't drown the wildebeest, but was just clamped onto it.   The wildebeest was a strong healthy male and with the water supporting the weight of the crocodile, managed to swim across to the far bank.  It was too rocky where they ended up for the wildebeest to be able to clamber up and drag the crocodile out of the water with him, so when we had to leave because we had to be out of the park by 6.30, they were still near the edge.  We knew there could be only one result though, as the wildebeest was losing strength, with it's head dropping into the water at times, so were glad not to see the end.