Kruger National Park, South Africa. 2009  IV by Damienne Bingham

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Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Kruger National Park,
South Africa. 2009

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
RAW. As is.

This was the last of the animals we spotted that day. Just as the sun was coming down, only a few minutes of light left. I was so excited to see this calm, resting hyena just lying there looking at us, its hair ringed by the lowering sun. The calm, almost gentle look in its eyes really speaks to me. I’ve always felt that Hyena’s have earned a reputation worse than they deserve, and when I look into the eyes of this one, it’s almost the same as looking at my pet dog.

I’m really happy that I was able to capture this moment, something different from what is expected in the ‘usual’ photographs of hyenas. I’m sure the behaviour and characteristics of Hyenas gives reason for their terrible reputation but when I see this photo it reminds me that animals, just like people, have different facets to their personalities.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Love the light through the fur- I see you got pretty close too- so I suspect he was busy lunching??

  • Thank you! Yes, we were pretty close, maybe a few metres. I think he was actually just having a nap! Didn’t seem to be bothered by us at all.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...almost 4 years ago

    That look has made my day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. There is something so much like a pet dog in those eyes – it’s hard to believe they have such an awful reputation.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    welldone amazing light !LIZ

  • Thanks Liz!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 4 years ago

    Love this shot.

  • Thanks Steve

    – Damienne Bingham

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    WOW this is superb. Love the lighting and the look on his face is just fabulous.

  • Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it

    – Damienne Bingham

  • BlaizerB
    BlaizerBalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful eye contact and shot – cheers

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous light, especially around the mouth, very intelligent look on the face too.

  • Thank you very much, I thought so too – surprisingly “human”!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Super beautiful capture !!!

    Kind Regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • maremarie
    maremariealmost 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful lighting and capture! :-)

  • Thank you Marie!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessalmost 4 years ago

    Unusual shot, lovely portrait

  • Thank you Peter

    – Damienne Bingham

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