Robyn Preston

Camera: Canon EOS 7D mk ll

Lens: Canon EF 100-400 ISll USM

Aperture: 5.6

Shutter speed: 1/500

ISO: 100

Description: Two adult Hartebeest accompany a single Thomson Gazelle along a remote track in Maasai Mara.

Story from behind the lens: My driver and I had stopped for afternoon tea under a tree. As with a lot of trees in Mara, it stood beside a track. As I was standing there, I noticed these two Hartebeest walking up towards me. Then I noticed the Thomson Gazelle in the middle of them. Initially, I thought the Gazelle must be part of a nearby herd and had just wandered onto the track at the same time. They all walked closer, wary of me nonetheless. I sat down next to the tree so I wouldn't appear a threat to them. They wandered on by still together.

Once we had finished our afternoon tea, we proceeded with our game drive. And there, still walking together, some distance by this time, were the three animals. On observation around about, there were no other gazelles in sight. Maybe this one had been scared off earlier by a predator and had found solace with the bigger species who looked over it as guardians. A most unusual sighting but the beauty of the natural world.