Wildebeest migration captured in stunning timelapse video

Wildebeest migration
File photo of the Great Wildebeest Migration by Thomson Safaris/Flickr

The Great Wildebeest Migration is an awesome show of nature that occurs annually when 1.5 million wildebeests migrate between Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya to find greener pastures.

It is the world’s largest migration of land animals that also involves 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles and 200,000 zebras, among other animals.

The 1,800-mile, round-trip migration includes crossing the Mara River where crocodiles feast on wildebeests that find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Wildlife photographers have taken countless photos and video footage of the famous crossing where 10,000 wildebeest can cross the river in a half hour. But Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas of the U.K. managed to capture the dynamics of the crossing in a way that has never been done before.

They spent five days patrolling the river to find out where the wildebeests were massing and then set up a camera at likely river crossings. The finished product is a timelapse video that is simply stunning.

The video is a finalist in the timelapse category of the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and here you can see why:

“The scenes shown in this footage are among the most awe-inspiring I have ever witnessed!” Will wrote on the Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photographer website. “We found that timelapse was the only medium that allowed us to convey the magnitude of the migration.

“This footage was shot over five days in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. It shows the migrating wildebeest crossing the Mara River while moving south into Tanzania from Kenya.”

The animal you see in the middle of the river away from the massive wildebeest migration is a hippo. Spotting crocodiles, Will said, is more difficult.

At some points in the video, the wildebeests look like a large trail of ants. If only the wildebeests could move that fast in real life, they’d have a much better chance at escaping the jaws of crocodiles.

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