Seeing as I've shared with you now some of the images I captured of Kenya's three big cats during my recent trip to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, I thought I would show you something a little different and somewhat more subdued than the high impact intensity that felines offer, but animals of beauty and elegance nevertheless.

The animal you see here is a topi (Damaliscus korrigum), which is specie of large antelope. While one may come across lone antelope on occasion, generally they are seen together in groups for what safety those numbers provide; the greater the number of antelope in a gathering, the more chance there is of one or two spotting a stalking predator and calling the alert before any of them become prey.

Topi frequently seem to be the self-appointed sentential among different species of antelope, often seen standing alone and alert on top of a raised patch of ground that offers them a clearer view of the surrounding plains. Many a cheetah's stealthy advance through long grass toward a herd of antelope has been thwarted by a vigilant topi that spotted suspicious movement or a telling scent in the wind, or perhaps even the top of a cheetah's head as it momentarily looked up to recheck its course.

If you have something of a passion for animals as well as wildlife photography and wish to join us in Kenya on our next photo safari, feel free to contact me anytime for more details: natureimpressions@yahoo.com

As opposed to regular safaris, we concentrate on improving your photographic skills and getting you into the most favourable situations in the field that will enable you to capture the best images of every given opportunities. We currently offer 7-day, 10-day, and 14-day photo safaris in Kenya, in addition to which I will be happy to share my knowledge of developing photos to help you bring out the very best of your own.

Thank for sharing you time with me and wishing you a great weekend ahead :)

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