This wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou), or Godfrey the gnu as we named him, was more interested in keeping an eye on us than watching the magnificent sunset going on behind him. He might also, of course, have been keeping a wary eye on a couple of lions that were lazing in the evening sun not far from us.
However, he was an obliging fellow; he stood still as the sun went down behind him and it wasn’t until the sun disappeared from our view that he seemed to shrug and wander off along the ridge.
Taken in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Canon EOS 3 with Canon 300mm f2.8L lens and x2 extender using Fuji Provia transparency fim. Scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED scanner.

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • clmustin
    clmustinover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot! This what you call being in the right place at the right time.

  • Yes, we were lucky, and the wildebeest cooperative! Thanks, clmustin:)

    – David Clarke

  • coseven
    cosevenover 5 years ago

    osborne …!
    very good! ;-)

  • Thanks very much, Corinna! – osborne????

    – David Clarke

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCover 5 years ago

    very nice David :)
    love the colour and mood!

  • Many thanks, Wendy:)

    – David Clarke

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

  • Wow, thanks, Kelly, I’m delighted!!

    – David Clarke

  • gato
    gatoover 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Gato!

    – David Clarke

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaover 5 years ago

    Great shot, David! Love the sun and special wildebeest on it.

  • Many thanks, Olga:)

    – David Clarke

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Beautiful!

  • Thanks very much, Pamela:)

    – David Clarke

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Awesome work..

  • Many thanks, Steve!

    – David Clarke

  • Jeanne Horak-Druiff
    Jeanne Horak-D...over 5 years ago

    One of the best wildlife shots I have seen – love it!

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Jeanne, you’ve made my day!

    – David Clarke

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    congrats on feature !

  • Thanks so much, Justart:)

    – David Clarke

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